Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has passed a referendum on an issue that many other leaders have ran away from. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Varadkar, Martin and McDonald strengthen their position while conservatives miss out

 The victory for the Yes campaign looks set to be neither narrow nor based on a few segments of Irish society. Rather, it will be carried high on the shoulders of a majority across the entire country. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Old assumptions about the urban/rural divide proved to be wrong

Highest turnout was to adopt 1937 Constitution, while next-highest was accession to EEC

Presiding officer Carmel McBride and Garda Alan Gallagher carry the polling box on Thursday on  Inishbofin. Photograph:   Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty

Both sides issue final appeals to 3.2m voters after long, divisive campaign

Eoghan Murphy: the Minister says he has “full confidence in each of the presiding officers in each of our polling stations, that they will be able to do their job properly and accurately”.

Eoghan Murphy says attempt to affect result could be made by questioning electoral register procedure

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel    and Minister for Business Heather Humphreys on the Louth/Down Border. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach will look at proposals that are ‘the same or better’ than what is outlined in the backstop

One Fine Gael Minister said the public settled on its view last weekend - and its view is for repeal

Inside Politics: Yes side believes tide is with it as No campaigners try to rationalise their anticipated defeat

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: said co-operation between the Government and Sinn Féin did not mean the two parties are preparing to go into government. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ceann Comhairle suspends Dáil debate on Bill over contradictory amendments

Retainers know, as do repealers, that if the public mind is focused on allowing for abortion in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities, the proposition will be carried.

Focus on ‘hard issues’ replaced by ‘abortion on demand’ and #toofarforme objections

The bill ‘will remove the risk of political patronage’, says Shane Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government agrees to introduce sentencing guidelines as part of reform package

In publicly announcing his position last January, Leo Varadkar said he had to think “long and hard” about supporting the committee’s proposals.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach says he kept quiet as he did not want to be accused of influencing members

Shane Ross diatribe at Mattie McGrath over Road Traffic Bill enrages Independent TD

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade  Simon Coveney:  any disagreement towards the end of this year over the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union would leave little time before Brexit formally took effect next March. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach to meet Theresa May for first time in two months, ahead of crucial EU summit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin after HSE chief Tony O’Brien stepped down amid CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Lorraine O’ Sullivan /PA

Inside Politics: Varadkar rubbishes the alternative ‘max fac’ model favoured by hard Brexiteers

Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel on Tuesday. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/PA

Government urged to expel Israeli ambassador and recognise Palestinian state

Seamus Mallon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Labour Senator Ged Nash says Sinn Féin move ‘a vindictive, petty and small-minded political act’

Former Attorney General Michael McDowell: “To those who say hard cases make bad law, I say hard cases and bad law together make for tragedies.” Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Michael McDowell warns that ‘hard cases and bad law together make for tragedies’

A Palestinian woman holding her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near Gaza City. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Coveney should have told envoy to ‘pack his bags’ in wake of Gaza violence, says Doherty

British prime minister Theresa May. Irish support for her “customs partnership” proposal will be forthcoming only if she faces down the hard Brexiteers in her cabinet. Photograph: Tolga Akmentolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland is likely to support UK proposal at EU summit

Outgoing HSE Director General Tony O’ Brien

Memo warning of negative media fallout from cervical cancer patients described as ‘game-changer’ by Government Minister

Leo Varadkar expressed his concern at the weekly meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party on Wednesday night.  File photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Issue raised after reports that three ministers told Cabinet this week they wanted HSE boss to step down

A statement from all three campaign groups for a No vote called the move “scandalous . . . and an attempt to rig the referendum”.

Pro Life Campaign, Save the Eighth and Iona Institute say move ‘shutting down’ fair debate

Google is to stop all advertising relating to the Eighth Amendment, amid concerns about the integrity of the vote. Photograph: Loic venance/AFP/Getty Images

Together for Yes welcomes move but No campaigners say it is an ‘attempt to rig’ referendum

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien: Minister for Health Simon Harris told his colleagues that, operationally, he believes it is best for O’Brien to see out his term to deal with the ongoing fallout from the CervicalCheck scandal. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

No one will express confidence in HSE head, but main players will not move against him

 Dr Gabriel Scally, president of the epidemiology and public health section of the Royal Society of Medicine who will carry out a scoping enquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

More than 4,500 women who called the helpline have yet to be called back by the HSE

Paschal Donohoe is expected to tell Fianna Fáil that at least €800m it had understood would be available will now not be included in the calculations for next year’s budget. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister to tell Fianna Fáil that at least €800m is no longer available for spending

Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fáil’s housing spokesman, said councils would be given ‘specific targets’ of how many houses they should build.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Plan to provide 50,000 homes over five-year term under FF government

Minister Paul Kehoe said: “Our continued participation in peacekeeping operations has made friends for Ireland around the world while also promoting a positive image of Ireland.” Photograph: Alan Betson

President to address event in Dublin Castle as part of 60th anniversary of peacekeeping

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald with Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke and Aebhric McGibney, director of public and international affairs at Dublin Chamber. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Sinn Féin leader also says her party shares ‘common goals’ with businesses

Charlie Flanagan: the Minister for Justice is bringing forward a number of committee-stage amendments to the Bill, which Fianna Fáil  will support. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bill would put Parole Board on a statutory basis, independent of Minister for Justice

Brexit briefing: Michel Barnier was reporting back to the EU27 on his visit to Ireland (above). Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Key allies back delaying talks on EU-UK deal until withdrawal treaty fully agreed

 HSE director general Tony O’Brien:   the Government has so far resisted calls for him  to resign

Tony O’Brien to step down at beginning of July due to accumulated leave

Diesel prices: the Government would be sensitive to the haulage sector’s needs as Brexit approached, Denis Naughten said. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

You can’t penalise people overnight for a change in government policy, says Naughten

 Ahern’s standing within Fianna Fáil – he resigned his membership in 2012 in advance of a move to expel him because of the findings of the Mahon Tribunal – remains a pebble in his shoe.   Photograph: David Sleator

He is seldom in Fagans, focuses on peace-related work, and ‘hates’ Micheál Martin

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: was told by Noel Waters, then secretary general of the Department of Justice, she would be fully indemnified by the State in all legal actions. She was also told she would be paid €37,000 in arrears. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

FoI documents show former Garda commissioner told €37,000 due to her in arrears

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar poses with a member of the public while canvassing in Rathfarnham on Friday for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Strength of support for repeal noticeable across all age groups but apathy is the enemy

 Sean Canney: “Rotating means rotating. The deal was that the position was to be rotated”

Galway East Deputy has left Independent Alliance but will remain on Government benches

Sean Canney: Has left the Independent Alliance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former junior minister to become non-aligned member of the Government

Minister for Health Simon Harris: accepted amendments to the Bill requiring evidence-based cancer warnings. He also agreed health warnings should take up one-third of the label on alcohol products.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concerns expressed over label portion used and ad images in international publications

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (centre) with Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly and Ian Marshall, a unionist farmer who has been elected to the  Seanad. Photograph: @MaryLouMcDonald/PA Wire

Former Ulster Farmers Union president elected as Sinn Féin backs Fine Gael candidate

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross: his Road Traffic Bill has met with strong opposition from rural politicians. Photograph: Eric Luke

Most TDs and Senators either supportive of the measures or unwilling to oppose them

Ian Marshall: was supported by most in Fine Gael, as well as Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin also backs Fine Gael candidate ‘because of Micheál Martin’s attacks’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: The Data Protection Bill  must be passed by the end of May as part of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice risks Dáil defeat over decision to set 13 as age of online responsibility

“Our intention is to use that agency to take existing State land and acquire additional land for development,” the Taoiseach told the Dáil. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach says model will be based on Dublin Docklands Development Authority

Paschal Donohoe’s rise has seemed effortless but his achievements have been hard won. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Inside Politics: Even those in Fianna Fáil grudgingly acknowledge the Minister’s political skills

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe   has been emphasising the €200 million cost of public sector pay increases. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: In inviting unions to talks, Government is indicating it will act

The GPO in Dublin. An Post will have to cut 2,000 jobs  over the next four years to secure its future, the Cabinet has been told. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cabinet is told the company will have to get rid of nearly one-quarter of its workforce

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten: said he only offered a “personal view” to the lobbyist and regretted “expressing my opinion”.

Minister rejects responsibility for how Eoghan Ó Neachtain conversation may have been interpreted

 Independent Alliance members Seán Canney (left) and Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

TDs had been involved in row over apparent deal to rotate Minister of State post annually

 Denis Naughten addressing the Dáil on Wednesday

Denis Naughten: ‘I do sincerely regret expressing a view’

The Minister for Communications,  Denis Naughten, making a statement in the Dáil on Wednesday

Minister says he ‘acted to the letter of the law’ in his conversation with lobbyist Eoghan Ó Neachtain

Denis Naughten: the Minister for Communications said he expressed ‘a purely personal view” that matter would most likely  be referred to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Claim view given to lobbyist was ‘purely personal’ stretches credulity

Mary Lou McDonald: “Which official in the Minister’s department knew that he was speaking to Mr Ó Neachtain? ”

SF leader says it was not appropriate for Naughten to relay his opinion to Ó Neachtain

Kevin “Boxer” Moran at the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi last December. The TD is locked in battle with his colleague Seán Canney over the position of Minister of State for the Office of Public Works.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Seán Canney disagree over rotating ministerial post

Allan Stevenson (right) joined other DCU students on Tuesday protesting outside the Dáil over rising rental costs for student accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Eoghan Murphy labelled ‘elitist’ but criticises ‘useless’ contribution by FF’s Darragh O’Brien

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Move comes just weeks after AG called the new judicial appointments Bill a ‘dog’s dinner’

Under a new plan, notice periods for tenants will increase. File photograph: iStock

Cabinet will consider a proposal to create a rental register to help protect tenants

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary says his party is open to any Government proposals to hold back money available to the State in this year’s budget. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Party open to proposals to hold back money to protect against economic shocks, says Calleary

 Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney  with the German   minister for foreign affairs Heiko Mass  at Iveagh House, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Germany wants to avoid even ‘a glimmer’ of a hard border emerging in Ireland

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at St Mary’s flats complex in Dublin 1. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister claims drop is a result of changes to minimum apartment standards

Fees for the late return of library books could be scrapped under new plans being considered by the Government.

Government considering move as part of strategy to encourage greater use of libraries

In an interview with ‘Hot Press’ Jim Daly, the Minister of State for Mental Health, claimed a future coalition is possible between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Jim Daly claimed partnership is ‘possible but not probable’ due to policy differences

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and Labour’s Alan Kelly were among  TDs who reported receiving donations to the Standards in Public Office Commission last year. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Standards in Public Office Commission publishes donations declared by TDs, Senators, MEPs

Northern Ireland secretary of state Karen Bradley and Tánaiste Simon Coveney hold a press conference as they attend an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement at Queens University  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

UK Brexit secretary David Davis claims Government’s stance influenced by Sinn Féin

Bertie Ahern,  Tony Blair and  Bill Clinton at the event in Queen’s University Belfast to mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Event commemorating deal hears repeated calls for North’s leaders to re-establish executive

Northern  secretary Karen Bradley and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at the Building Peace conference in Queen’s University, Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bradley praises ‘historic magnitude’ of deal, but points to North’s ongoing challenges

Seamus Mallon speaks as Peter Robinson looks on at an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement at Queen’s University Belfast, April 10th, 2018.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

‘I want to be able to persuade unionism that Irish unity would be a good thing for us and them’

Leo Varadkar   after leaving talks for the formation of a government between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil,  April 20th, 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Parties commit to confidence and supply agreement until third budget in October

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is the first senior political figure to comment on the issues around the data breach and other controversies at Independent News and Media.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

FF chief's ‘profound’ concerns ‘in terms of our democracy’ about issues at INM

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin: concerns are of  a most profound kind. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says politicians will have to protect media independence

Micheál Martin is adamant he wants to honour what he signed up to with Enda Kenny in 2016.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil must get in gear as the confidence-and-supply deal nears its end

Former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble is an advocate of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Former first minister said Dublin’s Border remarks risk provoking paramilitaries

Miriam O’Callaghan speaking to reporters when she launched the Laura Lynn Heroes ball which will take place on May 12th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Broadcaster speculated upon as possible Fianna Fáil candidate calls Higgins ‘wonderful’

Delegates protest to Minister for Education Richard Bruton for equal pay at the Teachers’ Union of Ireland congress in Wexford on Wednesday. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Independent Alliance and Fianna Fáil say that pay must be restored

If Fianna Fáil want to take away stability, it is very hard to see how we avoid a general election, the chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party Martin Heydon said.

Fine Gael parliamentary chairman stresses stability important for voters and the economy

Fine Gael figures  believe an election within the next year is highly likely

‘Natural lifetime’ of confidence and supply deal may be over after October budget

President Michael D Higgins: recently changed his mind on just one term in the Phoenix Park being the “length of my aspirations”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Campaign cost ahead of general election may calm parties’ enthusiasm for fielding names

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has been appointed ‘co-ordinator’ of a group within Fine Gael which will campaign for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Renua says Taoiseach should debate why he wants ‘to destroy Ireland’s traditional values’

Minister for Transport Shane Ross is demanding that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill be progressed. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘The AG is correct to describe the Bill as a complete dog’s dinner. The reason it’s a dog’s dinner is because the chef is Shane Ro(...)

Simon Harris: he is also expected to announce greater funding for perinatal hospice care for mothers who have been told their unborn child has a fatal foetal abnormality but want to carry it to full term

Along with abortion Bill, Harris to publish proposals on sexual health and contraception

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross is  demanding that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill be progressed soon. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Séamus Woulfe says Opposition amendments make it ‘challenge’ to pass Bill

Several sources indicated that a number Fianna Fáil representatives approached TDs from outside their party, who also oppose abortion, about their approach on the issue.

Anti-abortion TDs from across political divide ponder joining forces to oppose abortion

(Left to right) British Labour Party peer  Lord Adonis with  Fianna Fáil foreign affairs spokesman  Darragh O’Brien; former British deputy prime minister and  Liberal Democrat leader Sir Nick Clegg; former Conservative deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine and and Fianna Fáil Brexit spokesman Stephen Donnelly in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Sir Nick Clegg says abstentionist party should not take seats in London to try to stop Brexit

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar prepare to review a guard of honour. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Inside Politics: Sources say Taoiseach is acutely aware he messed up with Washington comments

Fianna Fáil leader, Micheal Martin: has told his frontbench TDs to be much more assertive. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are scouting for additional candidates

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter flying over the funeral of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, one of the four  members of the Rescue 116 crew who died last year. The crew  will be commemorated on two new stamps. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Organ donation, Liffey Swim and first sitting of the Dáil will also be marked

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is expected to have “fiscal space” of €3.2 billion or more in the next budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Spending €3.2 billion available would be ‘crazy’, senior Government figures say

Teachers protesting over pay inequality. The Government has said it will enter into talks with trade unions on the two-tier pay structure for teachers, nurses and other public service personnel. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Cost of ending two-tier pay system for 60,000 hired since 2011 estimated at €200m

US president Donald Trump, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and others walk down the House of Representative steps after the Friends of Ireland luncheon on Capitol Hill.   Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

Taoiseach ‘overwhelmed’ on trip to US and ‘blurted out’ story, says FF’s Niall Collins

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald leads activists in highlighting the Sinn Féin ‘Trust Women – Repeal the Eighth’ message outside Leinster House last week. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Veteran republican Francie Brolly accuses party leadership of ‘hedging their bets’

Anti-abortion protesters march through Dublin at a demonstration last Saturday. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Regulator advises against ‘mechanistic’ coverage of referendums ahead of abortion vote

Eoin Ó’Broin, who is favour of the 12-week proposal, told RTÉ his preference is for the party to hold an ard fheis before the referendum.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Some party members want clarity on party’s 12-week abortion stance

The rally is being organised the Save the Eighth group.  Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Simon Harris says Government must do more to reduce crisis pregnancies

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has already said her TDs will not be allowed a vote of conscience on abortion. Photograph: Daniel  Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Leader Mary Lou McDonald said holding ard fheis to amend party policy would be difficult

European Council president Donald Tusk at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

European Council president tells UK to come up with firm proposals avoiding hard border

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald with supporters. The party is unlikely to hold an ardfheis to update its abortion policy before the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment is held. Photograph Nick Bradshaw.

Party now opposes terminations up to 12 weeks and must hold ardfheis to propose change

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil: “This referendum will be about asking the Irish public to change our Constitution – our basic and most fundamental law – to say that we, as a country, people and State, trust women to make these decisions for themselves.” Photograph:   Collins

Supreme Court judgment paves way for vote to change Constitution

Senator Catherine Noone alleged she was subject to misogyny by a male colleague for a number of years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Catherine Noone tells party colleagues she wants to ‘get back to focusing’ on her work

Finian McGrath: “The convention offers us an opportunity to reassess our attitudes to people with disabilities, and to place a renewed focus on their place in society”

Finian McGrath says he insisted on ratification being priority for the Government

A Fine Gael row over alleged bullying of Senator Catherine Noone is expected to be settled tonight without any formal disciplinary action being taken. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Senator wants to ‘draw line’ under matter following complaint about FG colleague

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