Fianna Fáil TDs Niall Collins and Timmy Dooley. Photograph: PA

Shane Ross was referred to procedures body after allegedly voting on behalf of Zappone

British prime minister Boris Johnson  in the House of Commons on Saturday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament/AFP via Getty Images

Johnson to introduce legislation needed to implement withdrawal agreement

Barry Cowen: he says the revised deal negotiated by  Boris Johnson paves the way for a much harder Brexit than envisaged by his predecessor Theresa May

Many Fine Gael sources claim that election preparation is intensifying, but are reluctant to spell out its nature

Fianna Fáil Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers TD said she sat in the wrong seat in the Dáil. File photograph: Fran Veale/The Irish Times

Frontbencher says she has since reported voting for deputy leader to Ceann Comhairle

Timmy Dooley was not in his Dáil seat during a time on Thursday when six electronic votes were recorded in his name.  File photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle asks for inquiry after FF’s Niall Collins says he voted for Timmy Dooley

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a deal was likely to pass in Westminster. File photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via Reuters

Taoiseach’s remarks come as British government triggers no-deal preparations

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  Ministers want to know if he intends to agree to a May 2020 general election to prevent Leo Varadkar calling for a November poll. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

FF leader Micheál Martin urged to show his hand to stop ‘nonsensical’ speculation

 Ms Bailey, who  lost her position as chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing in the controversy over a personal injuries claim against a Dublin hotel, is one of three Fine Gael candidates for Dún Laoghaire at the next election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Motion backed by some activists in her Dún Laoghaire constituency was ruled out of order

A file image of DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds leaving 10 Downing Street in London. Mr Dodds said the latest Brexit deal drives ‘a coach and horses’ through the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images.

McDonald rules out Sinn Féin MPs taking seats in Westminster for vote on agreement

British prime minister Boris Johnson hopes to put the new deal before the House of Commons at a special sitting on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

Questions raised over whether Boris Johnson will sign up to new deal amid consent worries

Elements of the proposed Brexit deal are set to be a customs border in the Irish Sea  and a huge financial package for Northern Ireland. File photograph: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: EU’s chief negotiator says he must inform member states by lunchtime today if a deal can be agreed

British prime minister Boris Johnson in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA/Bloomberg

Senior sources say the prospects of an accord are ‘looking more promising’

DUP leader Arlene Foster. File photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Varadkar says progress made but ‘unclear’ if deal will be struck tonight

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: favours election next May. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Comments follow days of speculation that Varadkar could go to country in November

Josepha Madigan held out the ‘possibility of limited licensing’ for this coursing season. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Fears among some that ban has caused public perception of party as anti-rural

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with Budget 2020 at Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ministers took time to realise Donohoe was serious about tightening expenditure

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe is to announce Budget 2020 on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rise in commercial stamp duty to help cover cost of more care hours, gardaí and allowances

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe will have €2.8 billion to spend on budget day itself, of which €2.1 billion has already been committed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Agri-food sector and beef industry will receive largest share of contingency fund

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he will not be putting € 500 million into the State’s Rainy Day Fund this year, as had been planned, due to the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Minister for Finance says he will not be putting €500m into State’s Rainy Day Fund

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Deputy Michael McGrath and Barry Cowen, the public expenditure spokesman, are still negotiating the details of the budget with Fine Gael. File photograph: Alan Betson

Finance spokesman says there is less than the €700 million initially allocated

 Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys (above) and Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty are working jointly on the plan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Budget initiative will target ‘vulnerable but viable’ firms to support in no-deal scenario

Green Party Finance spokeswoman Neasa Hourigan  and Party leader Eamon Ryan at the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin at the launch of the party’s pre-budget submission 2020. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Party’s pre-budget plan outlines €1.1 billion in climate investment for next year

Leo Varadkar: will thank Sweden and Denmark ‘for their ongoing solidarity with Ireland’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Inside Politics: It is widely expected the UK will seek another extension to the Brexit deadline

Minister for Finance Paschal  Donohoe will have €2.8b   to spend on budget day, although €2.1bn   has already been committed. Photograph: Getty Images

Reports of Government tensions over next year’s education budget due to costs of pay, pensions

A new charge on all new petrol and diesel cars is expected to be introduced in next week’s budget.  File photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images

Paschal Donohoe is likely to announce environmental health surcharge, sources say

The updated projections for 2019 Corporation tax – with November one of the highest yielding months – will be included in the budget white paper to be published this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Cabinet hears about tight parameters for budget due to potential no-deal Brexit

The owner of the  former Connemara Gateway Hotel had applied to covert the building into a   direct provision centre Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Department of Justice says move will exacerbate serious shortage of accommodation for those who come to Ireland

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, DUP leader Arlene  Foster said her party would be open to discussing a time-limited backstop. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Arlene Foster tells Tories Northern Ireland could not be part of two customs territories

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: said concerns expressed over the appointment of Gabriel Makhlouf also echoed those of his own party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Finance ‘less than forthcoming’ on issues around new Central Bank governor

Gabriel Makhlouf’s appointment as governor of the Central Bank was approved by the Government in May and he took up the €286,760 post at the start of September. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Managers were concerned the bank would be hurt by new governor’s ‘hacking’ row

Paschal Donohoe: he said it “now seems evident” the UK wants to adopt sharply different regulatory rules to the EU after Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

Final budget negotiations ‘difficult’ in the light of uncertainty around Brexit

Willie O’Dea: It is  suggested he  has been stung by jibes from  Opposition TDs on the pension  issue

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman believes FG intends to allocate greater resources to younger families

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath gave an update to his party’s senior TDs on carbon tax on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stand-alone fund may require legislation, finance spokesman tells front bench

Leo Varadkar speaks during the Climate Action Summit 2019 in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. Photograph: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: Varadkar uses event as platform to outline Government policy to phase out fossil-fuel exploration

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: While details of how the  fund may be used to help deal with a disorderly Brexit are not  finalised, triggering the fund is being examined. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Donohoe could borrow less by employing State nest egg fast approaching €2bn

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. It is understood the overall figure being examined for the budget welfare package  is between €150m and €200m

Focus will be on home benefits package with support for gas and electricity bills

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: chastised his Ministers over negative briefings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Government figures are unimpressed with proposal of all-island agri-food zone

Some Ministers and TDs were privately critical of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he said he was open to a grand coalition with Micheál Martin’s party. Photograph: Douglas O’Connor

Donohoe may ask fiscal advisory council to scrutinise Opposition spending policies

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told  his party’s TDs that Government and Opposition party leaders had agreed the byelections would be held in the last week in November. File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

November 29th mooted for polls in Wexford, Dublin and Cork as TDs speculate on general election date

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will tell the Oireachtas Budgetary Oversight Committee it is “critical that the expenditure position for Budget 2020 is managed within the parameters set out in the mid-year expenditure report”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Limits allow for budget-day package of €2.8 billion, with €2.1 billion already committed

Noel Rock’s promotion will be seen as a boost to the  TD, who is battling to hold his seat in the three seat Dublin North West constituency. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Dun Laoghaire TD lost position amid controversy over personal injuries claim

The 32nd Dáil looks unlikely to last beyond May next year.

The domestic political battlegrounds are health, housing and the rising cost of living

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Enterprise Heather Humphreys at the end of day two of Fine Gael’s autumn think-in in Ballycotton, Cork. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Senior FG figures claim even considering idea may help ‘rehabilitate’ the Opposition

Senior Government figures have said they are examining increasing the €20 per week universal childcare subsidy in the October 8th budget. Photograph: iStock

Fine Gael seeks to put family-friendly policies at the centre of their bid for a third term

President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin speaking about pay and conditions in the Defence Forces at a presentation of the Defence Forces Values Awards. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach says Higgins’s comments on sufficient remuneration extend to all of society

A show of hands was taken at the meeting in Oughterard. Photograph: Gearóid Murphy/Twitter

Galway TD claimed direct provision centre would ‘destroy the fabric of Oughterard’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that if Fianna Fáil had the majority after the next general election then Fine Gael would have to consider a Confidence and Supply Agreement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘I am certainly not ruling out any future arrangement with Fianna Fáil, either confidence and supply or coalition’ - Taoiseach

President Michael D Higgins: Said remarks he had made at a military award ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin had been simply expressed and he believed a genuine will exists ‘to get it all fixed’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste indicates no ‘huge concerns’ about President’s backing for improved money

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during the Fine Gael parliamentary meeting at the Garryvoe Hotel in Cork. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Varadkar wants poll to take place on May 20th, later than Fianna Fáil’s preference

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe during a media briefing outlining his Budget 2020 strategy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Boost to payments likely to be lower as Donohoe makes allowances for ‘no-deal’ scenario

The Irish Defence Forces crossing the Slaney River during a mission readiness exercise in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. President Michael D Higgins said    many are understandably concerned about the ability to attract and retain people of the highest calibre in the Defence Forces. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Working conditions of members ought to be ‘exemplary’ in society, says President

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said that increases to social welfare payments would be “targeted” at the most vulnerable. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Finance has confirmed he will prepare the budget for a no-deal Brexit

Fianna Fáil general election candidate Lisa McDonald: ‘not happy’ at party moves.

Lisa McDonald claims Dáil Éireann representation like an ‘out of shape’ soccer team

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: bleaker outlook on Brexit since Boris Johnson became UK prime minister. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fiscal watchdog warns of Brexit leaving a major hole in Government finances

Abhaile is run by the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs). The scheme was set up in 2016 and will now run for until 2022.

Mabs-run service Abhaile has provided support to over 12,000 households at risk of losing homes

Phil Hogan briefs Irish journalists on Brexit at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Ray Ryan.

Fine Gael party stalwart not without refined political skills

Stephen Donnelly, Fianna Fáil’s health spokesman,  was speaking at the party’s think-in in Gorey, Co Wexford, where there was renewed criticism by party leader Micheál Martin of health budgeting. File photograph: Alan Betson

Party spokesman says if it is in power after next election better data will be needed

From left, Stephen Donnelly; Micheál Martin; Thomas Byrne (Meath East); Timmy Dooley (Clare); with Lisa Chambers and Pat McPartland, Fianna Fáil Communications. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Those gathering in Wexford are eager to believe voters are ready for a change

Former president Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the All-Ireland senior hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park earlier this month. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Former president to be nominated for post held by her predecessor at the Áras

Boris Johnson  is demanding that the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard border, is abolished in order for there to be an orderly UK exit. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Leaked documents outline possibility of hard border and shortages of food and medicine

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is expected to speak to British prime minister Boris Johnson this week.  File photograph:  Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Reuters

Gove plays down leaked government papers, saying they set out a worst-case scenario

Micheál Martin, as the alternative taoiseach to Leo Varadkar, will face more scrutiny ahead of the next election than at any time in the past. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Fiach Kelly: Micheál Martin versus Leo will be a genuine contest come election time

The phone call to Leo Varadkar is said to be  part of a round of diplomacy by Boris Johnson in advance of the G7. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

British PM to meet Macron in Paris and Merkel in Berlin ahead of G7 summit

The paper questions the sustainability of existing grant schemes. Photograph: EPA

Government’s electric car incentive grants to run out by 2021 at current rate of take-up

Minister for Transport Shane Ross collecting his electric Hyundai Kona at in Stillorgan on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister calls on Green Party leader Ryan to purchase an EV after making switch himself

The Government will not be able to afford across-the-board €5 increases in social welfare payments if there is a no-deal Brexit, Minister of State Finian McGrath has said. Photograph: James Forde

Minister of State says in ‘doomsday scenario’, available resources must go to at-risk sectors

UK Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay: “We’re leaving the EU on October 31st with or without a deal.” Photograph: Tolga Akmen

Hard-Brexit Tory MPs claim even a backstop abolition insufficient to avert no-deal exit

Whatever differences those on the Opposition benches had with the Government’s presentation of Brexit issues, as well as the public tone struck by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, support for the backstop has not wavered in Leinster House

Backstop is consequence of Tory’s reliance on DUP because of May’s reckless gamble

Taoiseach Garret FtizGerald and  British prime minister Margaret Thatcher signing  the Anglo-Irish agreement. “We will have to work with the British and they with us to get out of the present unfortunate situation.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘Why didn’t the British focus on the fact that they had an extensive land border with the EU? Because it was in Ireland.’

The Climate Action Plan aims to have 950,000 electric vehicles on the road, with 100% of all new cars and vans falling into the category by 2030. Photograph: Florian Gaertner

Minister points out problems in using VRT in plan to stimulate sale of non-carbon vehicles

Seán Canney: Under “expenditure on policy formulation”, Mr Canney listed different restaurants such as Bang (€140), the Sussex (€208), Matt the Thresher (€332), The Ivy (€92), La Cave (€86) and Fire (€122). Photograph: Alan Betson

Junior minister’s ‘expenditure on policy formulation’ also done in Tuam and Athlone

Gabriel Makhlouf, incoming Central Bank governor, says he is a ‘dedicated’ public servant. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg

Incoming Central Bank governor was subject of inquiry over leak of budget information

Although Leo Varadkar invited Boris Johnson to Dublin during an initial phone call between the pair last week, Mr Johnson did not immediately take up the offer. Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters and Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Paschal Donohoe confirms Taoiseach’s and PM’s offices in contact during BBC interview

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Former Fianna Fáil minister and Dublin North West TD ‘relieved’ at development

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Brexit may afford him his best hope of returning to Government Buildings. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fiach Kelly: Taoiseach’s best chance of returning to Government rests on Brexit

Timmy Dooley: The tweet had been ‘seized on in an unfortunate way’.

FF communications spokesman had tweeted impasse with UK result of Varadkar’s failure

‘A no-deal Brexit would have very serious impacts on the economy north and south and in Britain, it could have security implications as well,’ Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Thursday, on a visit in Kilkenny to launch the redevelopment of former Smithwick’s Brewery site with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar rejects Brexiteers’ claims he is engaging in a ‘project fear’ campaign

Gabriel Makhlouf ‘has been widely criticised in New Zealand for not taking personal responsibility for the incident’, according to Brendan Howlin

Howlin says Government is ‘whitewashing’ issues raised by New Zealand inquiry

Gabriel Makhlouf was approved as Central Bank governor by the Government in May and will take up the €286,760 post in September. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg

Philip Lane and Patrick Honohan spoke to Government figures on Gabriel Makhlouf

Representative Richard Neal (L) said Congress, and not the US president, writes trade agreements. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Richard Neal says a US-UK trade deal will not happen if 1998 accord is jeopardised

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley said the Government’s ‘lack of experience and arrogance will hurt Ireland in the coming months’.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Party leader reasserts party’s stance after Timmy Dooley criticises Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson have spoken for the first time since the latter became UK prime minister almost a week ago.  Photographs: The Irish Times and PA.

Pair discuss Brexit and Northern Ireland during 15-minute phone call

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is  said to be examining how to further restrict possibilities for local objections. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister set to signal extension to accelerated process for Strategic Housing Developments

Gabriel Makhlouf’s appointment was approved by the Government in May and he will take up the €286,760 post in September. File photograph: Bloomberg via Getty

Gabriel Makhlouf’s succession to top post triggered direct contact by Frankfurt officials

Michael Gove: the one-time supporter of the withdrawal agreement is taking an increasingly hard line. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Reports suggest figure of as much as £1bn, as Gove says no-deal planning now priority

Leo Varadkar at the MacGill summer school where he predicted a no-deal Brexit would prompt more liberal unionists and nationalists in the North to consider joining a united Ireland. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

DUP describes as ‘unhelpful’ and ‘aggressive’ Taoiseach’s comments on stability of union

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, with the summer school’s director, Joe Mulholland. Photograph: North West Newspix

Varadkar says he hopes Central Bank will look at moves to help people escape ‘rent trap’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media in Donegal after Thursday’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Taoiseach says it would be ‘provocative’ to discuss potential united Ireland at this stage

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announcing in Adare on Thursday that Ireland will host the Ryder Cup.  Photograph: Merrion Street/PA Wire

Taoiseach’s only job now in EU-UK discussions is to defend Border backstop

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. ‘We look forward to an early engagement to talk about Brexit, to talk about Northern Ireland and to talk about bilateral relations between the UK and Ireland into the future.’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach warns new British prime minister his negotiation plans are ‘not in the real world’

Maria Bailey with former minister Alan Shatter. Ms Bailey was stripped of her position as chair of the Oireachtas committee on housing by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

FG member says Taoiseach ‘bottled it’ in not removing the whip over compensation claim

In explaining the rationale for his decision, Fine Gael sources said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had chosen a “combination of natural justice and human mercy”. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Decision not to strip TD of whip seen by some TDs as missed opportunity

The Taoiseach said he could not reconcile ‘inconsistencies’ in Maria Bailey’s ‘accounts to me and the media’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

However TD signed affidavit that ‘overstated the impact of her injuries on her running’

 Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Varadkar says he will not remove whip from Fine Gael TD, conscious of ‘devastating effect’ of saga

Brian Cowen has been receiving treatment in hospital following serious concerns for his health earlier this month.  Photograph:Alan Betson

‘There might be a long road ahead, but there’s a road ahead,’ TD says of former taoiseach

Micheál Martin: “The parties in the North, particularly Sinn Féin and the DUP, have not utilised the Good Friday agreement to the full”

Fianna Fáil leader has ‘no difficulty’ laying out what a potential united Ireland would look like

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One on Friday before heading  to his golf resort in New Jersey. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Micheál Martin said US president’s comments on four congresswomen were outrageous

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey is set to lose the party whip. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael to take action against TD following investigation into personal injuries case

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: promises a “clear response” to the High Court ruling. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Continuous residence decision ‘has alarmed many interested parties’, says Minister

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the contenders to succeed Theresa May, have said they want the backstop removed from the withdrawal agreement. The EU has said the withdrawal agreement will not be reopened

Taoiseach stressed the withdrawal agreement cannot be changed

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