St Mary’s mother and baby home in  Tuam: fifth interim report says the burial locations of hundreds of children who died in the State’s homes remain unknown. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

Commission of investigation says Galway local authority failed to respond to reports

Peadar Tóibín said on Twitter that the senior official ‘came in shouting ‘f***k off out of this floor, f**k off out of this area and f**k off out of this office before something happens’.

Former Sinn Féin TD says he was told to ‘f**k off’ after not vacating his Dáil office

Fianna Fáil education spokesman Thomas Byrne. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Lower pupil-teacher ratio part of general election manifesto

Independent Senator Michael McDowell, leading opponent of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bid to curtail debate on Bill defeated by 26 votes to 24 in the Seanad

Minister for Sport Shane Ross at the committee hearing

Inside Politics: A number of investigations will examine financial matters at the governing body

Investigations mainly revolve around circumstances in which a €100,000 loan was given by former FAI chief executive John Delaney to the football association in April 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

If failure to keep proper accounting records proven, then potential sanctions can be serious

Minister for Sport Shane Ross addresses the Oireachtas Committee on Tuesday. Photograph: screengrab

‘The board is part of the problem’, Shane Ross tells Oireachtas Committee

Sports Ireland ceo John Treacy  at the Oireachtas committee.

Sports Ireland gives details of inquiry as FAI apologises for any ‘disrespect’ to committee

John Delaney: offer to step aside temporarily was greeted with astonishment by members of the parliamentary committee examining governance within the FAI who expected him to step down. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Members of Oireachtas committee say association’s latest action ‘insulting’

John Delaney leaves the Carlton hotel near Dublin Airport on Monday after a meeting with the board of the FAI. Phototgraph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Honorary secretary and honorary treasurer have both resigned from board voluntarily

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Laura Hutton

FAI board meets on Monday to take ‘urgent steps’ over governance issues

Former Rehab boss Angela Kerins at the Four Courts. Oireachtas committee chairpersons have been told that in the light of the Kerins case, their role was of particular importance. Photograph: Collins Courts

TDs and Senators given extensive legal advice and told to treat witnesses with respect

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it would be  ‘an immense honour to speak during the centennial of the Dáil, celebrating the deep and enduring friendship between the United States and Ireland’. Photograph: Melissa Lyttle/The New York Times

Veteran Californian Democrat was relected speaker in January 2019

Peter Casey: his views on immigration and Travellers have been portrayed by opponents as ‘dog-whistle’ politics. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Derry man was considering running for Dáil before handing in EU election nomination

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney pictured leaving Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

FAI officials appear before committee but ex-ceo cites legal obstacles to answering questions

Donal Conway, the president of the Football Association of Ireland (L), and John Delaney, former chief executive, at the Oireachtas commitee hearing. Video grab: Leinster House video

Questions to former chief executive ruled out of order at committee

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy arrives at Leinster House to appear before committee regarding funding to the FAI. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Suspension of funding by Sport Ireland to football body justified say politicians

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (R) and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier at a press conference  following talks in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: EU’s chief negotiator sought reassurances Ireland would protect the single market

 John Delaney will appear before an Oireachtas committee to face questions about a €100,000 loan he gave the organisation in 2017. Photograph: ©INPHO/ James Crombie

Association says former chief executive will appear before Oireachtas committee

Senator Alice Mary Higgins at her campaign launch in Dublin on Monday. .Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Former SDLP leader Mark Durkan says he would be the only ‘authentic voice’ for NI if elected

March for Climate Change: students on their way to Leinster House on March 15th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Political bickering threatens to overshadow Oireachtas committee’s radical proposals

British prime minister Theresa May speaks in the UK Parliament in London on Monday.  Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/Reuters

Inside Politics: Car crash TV from Westminster is the political anorak’s new Netflix

Eoghan Murphy (left), Minister for Local Government, signed orders setting the day for polling, while Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan (right) will bring proposals to Cabinet about modernising divorce arrangements. Photograph: Alan Betson

Day sets up to be ‘super Friday’ with referendum and plebiscites on three city mayors

John Delaney stepped down  as FAI chief executive and took up a new role as executive vice-president over the weekend.  File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo/Reuters

Siptu says pay cuts agreed by workers had not been restored until January

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD: ‘We have a lot to do. It is a 10-year plan.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health rejects claims Government has allotted only €20m to scheme in 2019

‘We need to see what happens in Westminster over the coming days and weeks,’ Leo Varadkar said. Photograph:  Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland will be ‘as ready as we can’ for no deal, Simon Coveney says

The key themes of the Fine Gael national conference - and of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s televised speech - were decidedly domestic and there was no shortage of old-fashioned Punch and Judy-style potshots at the party’s  electoral rivals. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Varadkar uses televised conference speech to slam rivals and present election credentials

Manfred Weber has said few European countries want the UK to hold European Parliament elections if Brexit is subject to a long delay. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Leading candidate to be next European Commission president attends FG conference

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses the Fine Gael national conference

Taoiseach says SF does not respect courts or gardaí during his party’s national conference

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called for the Republic to rejoin the Commonwealth. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Senior unionist says Brexit risks putting up more ‘scaffolding’ around Belfast Agreement

Billy Kelleher: will stand alongside Wexford councillor Malcolm Byrne. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD previously suffered surprise loss at a selection convention for European elections

With three of the biggest spending departments not submitting any data, the overall figure could easily exceed €1.5 million. Photograph: Jon Nazca/File Photo/Reuters

Taoiseach’s department was biggest spender with €437,000 on 18 different campaigns

 Donald Tusk (left) at Government Buildings, Dublin for a meeting with Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Theresa May could write to EU seeking Brexit extension on Tuesday

 John Paul Phelan, Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform: only received a handful of submissions from the public on the shape of the electoral commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Current Act ‘lacks teeth’ in dealing with online political campaigning and donations

House of Commons speaker John Bercow’s application of 1604 law  is “another instance of an internal Westminster issue that we cannot impact”. Photograph: Parliamentary Recording Unit/EPA

Application of ancient Westminster rule a ‘surprise’ which brings further uncertainty

Billy Kelleher: suffered a shock defeat in a Fianna Fáil selection convention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

FF and FG figures see no case for holding by-elections ahead of general election

Former minister for finance Richie Ryan who died aged 90. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Former TD, who has died aged 90, steered fiscal policy during turbulent economic period

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth Declan Breathnach said any return of a border would see the border region go ‘back to El Paso’. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Senior Government source said activities of smugglers might be deterred by technology

Declan Breathnach, a Fianna Fáil for Louth, accused the British government of playing “Russian roulette”. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Dáil Deputies in constituencies close to the Border responded to British document

It estimated the cost to women of menstruating ages of such products is equivalent to €208 a year and €8,100 over a lifetime. Photograph: Getty Images

Measure proposed as a way to tackle ‘period poverty’ and ‘normalise menstruation’

Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, being interviewed by  Harry McGee at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ardently pro-European, the veteran Tory has watched in horror as the debacle unfolds

The Government is planning four major measures to try to curb escalating premium costs for drivers and businesses.

Planned move on personal injury awards part of initiative to lower premium costs

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan published the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill on Friday along with colleagues Fiona O’Loughlin and Lorraine Clifford-Lee. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil published Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill to be introduced in Dáil

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

Robert Watt criticised for reportedly saying PAC chairman was trying to ‘control the mob’

A poster for Niall Blaney’s EU election campaign. Image: Facebook

Former Donegal TD Niall Blaney says timing of convention is unreasonable

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

Robert Watt defends response to €450m cost overruns at children’s hospital

Leo Varadkar’s popularity has fallen by eight points in the latest Irish Times poll. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Inside Politics: Fine Gael is down three points to 30 per cent, Fianna Fáil falls one to 24 per cent and Sinn Féin drops three to (...)

The site of the national children’s hospital in Dublin. The €450m overrun in the project, now expected to cost €1.7bn, has led to a major political controversy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Robert Watt to tell PAC greater cost controls being introduced following hospital overspend

Joanne Hayes leaving the tribunal of enquiry into the Kerry Babies in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Compensation talks with Department of Justice over wrongful accusations collapse

Denis O’Brien and Angela Kerins both took Supreme Court cases over their treatment by the Oireachtas. While the results were different, the rulings were consistent. Photographs: Collins

Judgment in O’Brien case a strong restatement of privilege enjoyed by TDs and Senators

Catherine Murphy said parliamentary privilege was an important aspect of Ireland’s system of democracy. Photograph: Collins

Businessman says he is disappointed at decision as it suggests TDs could say anything

Minister of state at the department of Industry and Commerce Eddie Collins (third from left, standing) with members of taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald’s cabinet in June 1982. Photograph: The Irish Times

Collins came from ‘Redmondite tradition’, says former taoiseach John Bruton

Emergency services at the  scene at the Department of Health on Baggot Street. Photograph: Conor Pope

Taoiseach asks ‘what kind of oddballs’ send such material, which is ultimately opened by civilian staff

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pictured with Lithuanian prime minister Saulius Skvernelis during a visit to Hartstown Community School in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

British attorney general reported to have changed strategy on controversial backstop

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following a meeting  with business representatives in Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach says law to be changed to restore UK-Ireland fishing rights

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Government aims to reach UN targets by doubling amount spent on aid in next 10 years

Angela Kerins: was subjected to prolonged questioning about her salary,  pay and  conditions

Kerins case raises fundamental questions as to the extent of the powers of Oireachtas committees

Angela Kerins was questioned at length by the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Collins Courts

Approach to hearings involving voluntary organisations led to deep divisions in PAC

The committee hearing in 2015 examined costs, salaries and allowances of voluntary organisations that were in receipt of State funding and Angela Kerins was questioned at length about her salary arrangements at Rehab. File photograph: Collins Courts

Court rules public accounts committee acted outside remit when questioning ex-Rehab chief

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley said members of all Oireachtas committees will have to take stock of the Supreme Court judgement. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘In light of the judgement various different members of all committees will have to take stock of that’

Theresa May told the House of Commons that any Brexit delay would be short

Inside Politics: May accepts Brexit may be delayed as Corbyn relents on second referendum

Chairwoman of the Law Reform Commission, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, along with two of its four Commissioners, Raymond Byrne and Tom O’Malley. File photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Law Reform Commission details report on regulatory powers and corporate offences

Theresa May  and Leo Varadkar at the EU-League of Arab States Summit in  Egypt on Monday. Last week Mr Varakdar said contingency plans were in place to recall Ministers travelling abroad for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph:   Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Foreign affairs spokesman says ‘key members’ should remain due to Brexit concerns

The numbers of these types of vehicles have increased sharply in Dublin in the past year. File photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Minister for Transport Shane Ross says he is keen to understand safety implications

Simon Coveney said putting a time limit to the backstop without saying what would happen after that time limit ran out was a non-runner. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste insists withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened to change backstop

 Senator James Reilly said he would be focusing his efforts on regaining a Dáil seat. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Senator’s withdrawal clears path for Fitzgerald while FF’s Rabbitte puts name forward

Declan Conway from Waterford. Photograph: Alan Betson

Delegates at the party’s ardfheis give their views on the deal with Fine Gael

 Micheál Martin  at the 2019 Fianna Fáil ardfheis.   Photograph: James Forde

The internal mutterings in Fianna Fáil in recent weeks of the deal have translated into open criticism

Party leader  Micheál Martin told the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis he wanted the Government gone but delegates had to face the ‘harsh reality of this very moment’. Photograph: James Forde for The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says Brexit could not be tackled with ‘politics as usual’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told press at  his party’s ardfheis that the continuation of confidence and supply was a ‘no brainer’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Micheál Martin says deal with Fine Gael not an issue in terms of his leadership

Patrick Hutch leaves the Special Criminal Court after all charges were dropped against him regarding the Regency Hotel murder. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Garda Commissioner to also face questions in relation to trial over David Byrne’s murder

Dr Victor Bayda, originally from Moscow,   has been appointed  Irish language planning officer for the south Kerry Gaeltacht area. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Dr Victor Bayda has been a lecturer in Irish for 15 years and speaks nine languages

Det Supt Colm Fox was found dead in Ballymun Garda station in February 2018 near a loaded Garda firearm. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Det Supt Colm Fox was found dead in Ballymun Garda station in February 2018

Work continues at the site of the new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Overspend at national children’s hospital has Harris in firing line

Minister for Health Simon Harris will on Wednesday face a motion of no confidence, primarily over the failure to control the escalating costs of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health expected to survive vote due to abstention of Fianna Fáil TDs

Fianna Fáil’s housing spokesman, Darragh O’Brien, said his party’s  proposed Bill was aimed at people who already paid management fees for services where they lived. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

Fine Gael Ministers concerned about potentially steep hikes in property levy

 The delegates with Tánaiste Simon Coveney. They paid a visit to President Michael D Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday evening, and were then greeted by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House

Talks included foreign ministers and others including League of Arab States’ secretary general

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald has criticised Fianna Fáil’s refusal to support its motion and dismissed its argument that such a move would precipitate a general election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin tables motion against Simon Harris for Wednesday over escalating costs

Facebook – and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg – were singled out for particular criticism. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Hildegarde Naughton says Government accepts the ‘days of self-regulation are over’

Independent TD Dr Michael Harty, who is also  the chair of the Oireachtas health committee.  ‘I cannot support a Minister who is not able to deliver on the commitment he has made.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Deferral of 60-bed unit in University Hospital Limerick behind Michael Harty’s volte face

Peadar Tóibín: after 24 nights on the road, he reckons more than 4,000 people have attended his rallies. Photograph: Harry McGee

Peadar Tóibín’s attack on political and media groupthink works well with local audiences

In 2016, then minister for heath Leo Varadkar said the children’s hospital would be completed by 2020, “short of an asteroid hitting the planet”. The estimated cost was €670 million at that time.

Conflict of interest that can lead to underestimating costs lies at core of public projects

EU Council President Donald Tusk and  Leo Varadkar gesture as they give statements after a meeting at the European Council headquarters. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Inside Politics: Donald Tusk’s ‘special place in hell’ comments dominate British press agenda

“As long as landlords are leaving the market we will have a challenge in homelessness”

Some headway made in Rebuilding Ireland plan, but structural problems remain

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (L) has alleged PAC had strayed outside its remit in a recent hearing on sick leave and other issues in the prison service. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public spending watchdog accused by other Oireachtas groups of waging a ‘turf war’

The HSE website: the fake website was run by an anti-abortion group.

HSE forced to increase advertising spend to stop fake website getting top hits on search engine

A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan

Opposition finds it ‘unbelievable’ that Ministers not aware of costs until November

The Government has sought Attorney General Séamus Woulfe’s view on the possibility that two MEPs will have to go on furlough if Brexit is delayed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cabinet decided to reconfigure three constituencies to accommodate 13 MEPs

The omnibus Bill  covers contingencies in the event of a no-deal Brexit across all Irish Government departments. Photograph:  Leon Neal/Getty Images

The 95-page document covers all Government areas in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Theresa May addresses the Commons following the results of voting on amendments put forward over the government’s Brexit deal. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

Inside Politics: May secures backing for amendment calling for backstop to replaced as Europe dismisses reopening of withdrawal ta(...)

With a delay in Britain’s EU exit looking possible, two of Ireland’s 13 MEPs  will not be in a position to take up their seats. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Ireland’s allocation of two extra MEP seats cannot be activated until after UK exits EU

Minster for Justice Charlie Flanagan reportedly told colleagues at a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting Minister for Transport Shane  Ross (pictured) had his “foot on my neck” over the Bill. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael is under considerable pressure from Independent Alliance Minister to complete Bill

In an interview with the media over Christmas, Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar suggested a reshuffle would take place after the local and European elections. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Varadkar ‘minded’ to make extensive changes to ministerial posts in June or July

Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners Niall Cody told the Oireachtas committee there would be “significant change” if there was a hard Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Study in 2016 in wake of British vote found serious challenges for Irish customs

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government denies it tried to hide the need to retest 6,000 women for cervical cancer

Sinn FéinŽleader Mary Lou McDonald. Cllr Úna D’Arcy said: ‘I love Mary Lou to bits.’ File photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Westmeath representative does not intend to join Peadar Tóibín’s group despite close ties

It feels like 100 years since the Brexit referendum of 2016

British proposal for a bilateral treaty with Ireland to supersede backstop is quickly rejected

Minister for Health Simon Harris said patients and service providers should be able to enter a premises without fear of intimidation or harassment, he said. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister says existing protections in place for workers under other laws

Senator Gerard Craughwell: “We intend to debate it for another 70 hours at least, and that’s before the legislation gets to report stage.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Group committed to debating Bill at length at committee stage to block its enactment

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar receiving a birthday cake on his 40th from DCU students and staff on Friday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Screening of ‘Strictly Ballroom’, music and finger food at private party at Dublin venue

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