Peter Casey has refused to acknowledge Travellers as a separate ethnic group. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tanaiste tells Seanad those seeking public office ‘should not be stoking up prejudice’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times.

Coveney acknowledges some women were waiting for more than 18 weeks for results

Independent  TD Carol Nolan has called for a referendum on how the termination of pregnancy will be funded after abortion becomes legal in the State. Photograph:  Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

FF TD becomes emotional as she says she will not opposes passage of legislation

Ilabek Avetian (39) at Beaumont Hospital. He suffered severe head injuries after a scrambler bike fell on him as he sunbathed in a Dublin park this summer. Photograph: Olivia Lynott

Minister rejects SF Bill to prevent use in public parks, greens, housing estates

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan accused Sinn Féin of abdicating responsibility for getting the Northern Ireland Assembly up and running again. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Flanagan says ‘responsibility has been abdicated’ by Sinn Féin on NI Assembly

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe: “He has done enormous service to the State”. Photograph: Séamus Kiernan/Westmeath Topic

Charlie Flanagan: ‘He has done enormous service to the State’

A file image of former minister for justice  Frances Fitzgerald and former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at Templemore Garda College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach says TDs should do ‘right thing’ in relation to comments on Fitzgerald and O’Sullivan

Richard Bruton has succeeded Denis Naughten as Minister for Communications. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Two TDs who withdrew support for the Government vote in favour of appointees

Leo Varadkar asked if Sinn Féin accepted corporate donations above €200, which would not be permitted in Ireland.

Mary Lou McDonald insists party complies with law, warns Varadkar against slander

Minister of State Pat Breen. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Minister of State passed on dinner invite from bidder for contract to Denis Naughten

 Sean Canney (left)  and Kevin (Boxer) Moran

Varadkar made appointments on Saturday following resignation of Denis Naughten

“Cream is gone” for bidders – but 540,000 homes and companies still waiting, said a Government Minister.

Tender is for contract valued at up to €500m to provide vital service in mainly rural areas

The Disclosures Tribunal report found that former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald had acted appropriately in her handling of allegations about a Garda smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

FF leader says minister lost confidence of Dáil because ‘vital information was withheld’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he wanted the Taoiseach to agree not to collapse the Government while the Brexit talks are ongoing. Photograph: Reuters

Two Independent TDs commit to backing administration during ‘crucial’ Brexit talks

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the Disclosures Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Policing Authority notes Charleton’s comments on appointment of senior gardaí

 The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was speaking in Bailieborough Community School in Co Cavan on Friday where he said he would make it a personal crusade to deliver broadband to 540,000 homes and businesses who currently cannot access it. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times

Varadkar: minister had not been in other CEOs’ homes ‘and therein lies the problem’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin wrote to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I think it is best if we both state upfront, irrespective of what happens during the confidence and supply review process, that we both agree not to bring down the Government”.

Varadkar responds to Martin plan that they should ‘commit not to collapse Government until Brexit deal reached’

Denis Naughten resigns as Minister for Communications in the Dáil chamber.

No Fine Gael TDs were in chamber when the minister made his shock announcement

The Dáil was told Minister of State Pat Breen organised and attended one of the private dinners between then minister for communications Denis Naughten and a key bidder for the rural broadband contract David McCourt.

Minister of State said he knows David McCourt on a personal basis

There have been  ‘appalling cases of horse abuse’, Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan told the Dáil. She called for the introduction of ‘dog wardens’. File photograph.

Hundreds of horses in Dublin area; council issued only 15 legally required licences

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announces his resignation in the Dáil.

Naughten contradicts Taoiseach’s account to the Dáil about the dinners

Tanaiste Simon Coveney: Denis Naughten had nothing to do with the technical side of broadband plan bidding. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Coveney calls for ‘fair hearing’ in Dáil for Minister to address broadband tender row

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has ruled out any attempt to rush a review of his party’s confidence and supply arrangement with Fine Gael.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Martin rebukes Varadkar over suggestion of early conclusion to confidence and supply agreement

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill  has finally been passed by the Oireachtas. File photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Legislation on minimum unit pricing clears all stages six years after it was first mooted

  Denis Naughten  confirmed he made the  booking for lunch at Leinster House for    David McCourt  and his family but did not meet Mr McCourt, on the day. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar rejects Micheál Martin claim that Denis Naughten ‘contaminated’ bid for rural broadband contract

The funeral procession of Emma Mhic Mhathúna passes by Leinster House. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Taoiseach pays tribute to campaigner as funeral procession passes by Leinster House

Minister for Paschal Donohoe  in advance of delivering Budget 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Hospitality sector’s 9 per cent rate reverts to 13.5 per cent rate after 64-36 House vote

“Ireland is committed to high taxation of tobacco to encourage young people in particular” to stop smoking, Minister for Health Simon  Harris has said.  File photograph: iStockPhoto

Packet of 20 now at €12.70, with cigarettes priced higher in Ireland than in rest of EU

Mick Wallace: “The Government is paying an extra €100,000 per unit, at a minimum, to allow the big developers to supply the housing for it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Budget: Mick Wallace says cutting developers out would save vast amounts of public money

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett (left) and Solidarity TD Paul Murphy talk to the media on the plinth at the Dail. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

‘A landlords’ budget by landlords’ Minister on behalf of landlords’ Government’ - Murphy

Sinn Féin finance  spokesman Pearse Doherty accused the Government of taking a “hand me down” policy with the rainy-day fund from Fianna Fáil and making it their own. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin finance spokesman claims Government has failed to tackle bank culture

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath  and Public Expenditure and Reform spokesman Barry Cowen criticised the budget announced on Tuesday. File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman says this year’s €700m overrun on health is not sustainable

Simon Coveney: he reiterated Ireland’s commitment to recognising the state of Palestine as part of a lasting settlement to the conflict

Tánaiste exploring possibility of bringing some European and Arab ministers to Dublin for ‘conversation’ on peace process

Peter Fitzpatrick: In his first vote against Fine Gael since he announced his resignation from the party earlier this week, the Louth TD joined almost the entire Opposition to defeat the Government by 83 to 43 votes.

Peter Fitzpatrick joins Opposition in defeat of Government on motion by Solidarity-PBP

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: The Naval Service has ‘taken over 17,000 people from the water’ in the Mediterranean

Clare Daly suggests recalling personnel to ease staffing shortage

Deputy Alan Kelly said he wanted to be certain that when An Garda Síochána gives information to the Central Statistics Office   it does not give personal details of victims of crime. File photograph: Collins

Alan Kelly asks if gardaí have given CSO personal details of crime victims, criminals

The IMO has said GPs should not be treated any differently to other public servants in terms of a process for restoration of austerity cuts. Photograph: Thinkstock

IMO seeks time limit on talks about new services and working arrangements

Labour Leader Brendan Howlin (front): ‘It is shocking that one quarter of workers are earning less than the living wage’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coveney advocating ‘modest package’ for middle income earners

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said TDs were making history in bringing the legislation forward to allow for abortion services in Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister appeals for colleagues to continue to be ‘constructive not obstructive’ in abortion debate

The harbour at Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Shane Ross rejects claim of €33 million in liabilities

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said Ireland’s relationship with alcohol was not good. “It damages our health, harms families and harms society.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Applause greets passage of legislation which now returns to Seanad for final consideration

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe:  he insists  “the Naval Service is meeting its security and defence tasks”. Photograph: Alan Betson

TD says Kehoe using ‘compromise of military intelligence’ to avoid staff retention issue

Leo Varadkar has said Sinn Féin was more interested in the party political advantage it could get from the housing crisis than in actually solving it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar and McDonald trade accusations in testy exchanges as mass protest takes place

 Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher  has reprimanded TDs  for their lateness for Dáil business.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Leas-Cheann Comhairle Pat Gallagher criticises Deputies for their repeated tardiness

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said the  personnel would be delayed returning home. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Trying to explain to daughters that their father will not be home for another two weeks was ‘like cancelling Christmas’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: said the Government had done much work in relation to insurance fraud.  File Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

FF calls for dismissed court insurance claims to be referred to DPP

Actor Mel Gibson. Sinn Féin arts spokesman Peadar Tóibín said Gibson’s lawyers had accused the producer of a movie part-filmed in Ireland, “of seeking to swindle Ireland’s tax authorities”. File photograph: Fred Prouser/Reuters

Minister declines to comment as TDs highlight exploitation claims in industry

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said one in six people in Ireland was not born in the State and that was very high relative to other countries. Photograph: PA Wire

Taoiseach says immigrants ‘holding up’ public services and helping bring investment to Ireland through Facebook and Google

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said a levy on intellectual property assets brought to Ireland by multinationals on a tax-free basis would bring In €750 million. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins.

Party publishes alternative Budget plans ahead of Finance Minister’s announcement next week

File image of the Navy patrol ship the LÉ Niamh.

Martin accuses Government of ‘contempt’ towards defence after ‘Irish Times’ report

More than 13 per cent of the population, 643,000 people, have a disability. Photograph: Getty Images

People with disabilities majority on committee to monitor State on UN Convention

Prof Gerard Gillen, lead organist at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral for 42 years,   with his six granddaughters Sarah, Aoife, Maeve, Aisling, Clodagh and Amy. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Prof Gerard Gillen gives final liturgical performance at Sunday Mass

Labour’s Sean Sherlock is one of 13 TDs opposed to a ban on the advertisement of alcohol sales at concerts at publicly-owned venues. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dáil row expected over ban on advertising, promotion at concerts in park venues

The MV Shingle, which was seized in June 2014 at Drogheda Port in Co Louth, along with 32 million cigarettes and 4,000kg of tobacco.

Asbestos and three years of legal proceedings hinder disposal of vessel

Investigations underway as excess payments to social welfare schemes range up to 10.4%

Jobseekers queuing for allowances in Dublin. The C & AG report found  under 25s receiving the allowance has dropped significantly to 30,019 since it peaked in October 2010 at close to 100,000. File photograph: Frank Miller

Overpayment averaged €2,469 for each of 486 recipients aged 25 or under

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at the launch of the National Implementation Plan for Housing First in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Housing to publish proposals on regulating home rental on Airbnb and others

About 15 unregulated offshore companies offer bets on the national lottery, where people bet with the bookies rather than purchasing a lottery ticket, according to Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Bill to stop 15 unregulated operators in Ireland and keep customers buying tickets

Rebecca Carter of Castlebridge, Co Wexford leaves the High Court in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pledge comes after student Rebecca Carter wins court case over mistake in totting up her Leaving results

Stephen Donnelly had questioned the proposal until he did some research and the results he got back ‘shook’ him. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dail debate set to continue on State’s first public health Bill on alcohol

Solidarity TD Mick Barry highlighted four planned estates in Dublin and Cork which are to be designated for social and affordable housing.

Varadkar rounds on Solidarity TD who says estates could be 100 per cent public housing

The Fianna Fáil leader said he was alarmed at reports that three college students had been raped in Cork since the start of the academic year. File photograph: Getty Images

Merit in Garda contact with college authorities and rape crisis centres, says Flanagan

Members of the Irish Thalidomide Association arriving at the Four Courts earlier this summer. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Jack Chambers says victims should not be blocked from pursuing cases for injuries

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has warned of the potential negative impact of tax cuts being speculated about ahead of the budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Labour leader says hollowing out of tax base in past left State unable to pay nurses, gardaí

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney are pictured with  Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy (centre) during a motion of confidence in the Dáil on Mr Murphy on Tuesday. Image: Oireachtas screengrab.

Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in Eoghan Murphy defeated 59 votes to 49

The Government’s Land Development Agency ‘promises to be crony capitalism at its finest’, Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace has claimed. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Wexford TD claims Government ‘wedded’ to policy that housing market will fix itself

Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Michael Ring notes €615m online spend but TD says many in rural areas have no broadband

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Housing  Eoghan Murphy. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach calls Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence in Murphy as tactical and cynical

Minister for Health Simon Harris  will introduce an amendment to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill to remove one of the most controversial provisions.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Harris to introduce compromise proposals to include health warnings in Irish

Pope Francis shaking hands with Katherine Zappone, at Aras an Uachtarain as part of his visit to Ireland in August. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Minister says memo to Government ‘in coming weeks’ on what do next about Tuam site

Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin highlighted the case of scoliosis sufferer Sophia McGuinness. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Children in pain today, in pain tomorrow and in pain until this surgery provided’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan told the Dáil the purpose of the Garda presence at an eviction in Dublin was ‘to keep the peace and facilitate a peaceful protest and the enforcement of an order of the High Court’. Photograph: Jack Power

Minister says gardaí need support from public ’not intimidation or abuse’

Minister for Health Simon Harris has rejected claims by People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith that outsourcing was the central issue of the CervicalCheck controversy.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister pledges full implementation plan for Scally recommendations within 3 months

Independents4Change TD Clare  Daly said: ‘Independence in regard to noise regulation is key.’

Dublin Airport rates amount to 8% of Fingal County Council’s overall income

Families of serving defence personnel, and also retired members,  protest over low pay in Defence Forces, outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Soldiers have had to ‘fight Government tooth and nail’ over pay, conditions, Dáil told

Charlie Flanagan introduced legislation to allow a referendum take place on the issue on October 26th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charlie Flanagan says it shows Ireland values free speech and embraces multiculturalism

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said pay restoration for section 39 staff was not a straightforward issue “but it is one we want to resolve”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pay rise in January would be backdated to October under proposals put to unions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Taoiseach dismisses claims Brexit support dependent on corporate tax reform

Leo Varadkar will use the opportunity to raise other concerns about democracy and human rights in the Palestinian territories. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland should raise human rights violations in Palestinian, Hamas-controlled areas, says Varadkar

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill includes measures on segregating alcohol sales in shops and placing health warnings on labels. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Varadkar hopes legislation, pulled from Dáil schedule on Tuesday, will be dealt with this week

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses the Dáil on Tuesday.  Image: Oireachtas TV

Taoiseach also says no plan in place to ban photos or videos being taken of garda members

  Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly submitted the amendment “solely with the intention of protecting the implementation of the Bill and recognising the role of the Irish language”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Donnelly claims not having health warnings in Irish opens route to legal challenge

Boris Johnson: “This version of the Irish backstop is little short of an attempt to annex Northern Ireland.” File photograph: EPA

Former Tory minister claims protocol used to coerce UK into ‘vassal state of Brussels’

Thirteen Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Independent TDs have submitted amendments including removing a previously agreed amendment to require all alcohol products to display warnings linking alcohol to cancer, and similar warnings in pubs and restaurants.

Harris plan to pass Bill three years in the making, under pressure

The new Bill’s proposals have drawn international attention Photograph: Getty

Ireland might be the first country to put cancer warnings on all alcohol products

Cloverhill and Wheatfield prisons, Clondalkin, Dublin. The Minister for Justice says prison governors must by law accept all prisoners into their custody who have been committed by the courts. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Eight of the inmates had no prison-cell bed in April, 21 in May and 15 in June

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: unhappy with how poor box system is being administered and believes it has “no longer a fit place in justice administration”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Flanagan brings in legislation to replace box with community sanctions and probation

 Mary McAleese at the Gaze LGBTQ film festival with her husband Martin McAleese, their son Jason and Gaze director Sarah Williams. Photograph: James Forde

Former president hopeful pontiff will change church doctrine on homosexuality

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said affordability could not be achieved “until we get over the nub of the problems which is the cost of building land and the State has significant land banks”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TD expresses concern that builders factoring help-to-buy scheme into ‘inflationary’ price

A prolific writer, Matthew Sweeney had published numerous collections of poetry, including Inquisition Lane (2015) and Horse Music (2013).

‘One of the finest poets of his generation, a craftsman of the highest achievement’

Vicky Phelan at Government buildings on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Background: New inquiry examining outsourcing of services to labs in United States

Minister for Children and Katherine Zappone. Proposals to pay grandparents who help with childcare do  not fall within the Minister’s remit, a spokesman said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Katherine Zappone ‘focused’ on increased childcare investment in budget

Amnesty International Ireland executive director Colm O’Gorman said the agency’s primary concern was with the law and the “vague wording” and “overly broad application of the Electoral Act”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Calls for definition of ‘political purposes’ to be clarified in law following court ruling

Amnesty International Ireland - headed by executive director Colm O’Gorman - previously described Sipo’s demand that it return the money as ‘unreasonable and unjust’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Department of Local Government to act on watchdog’s call for electoral commission

Ryanair said on Thursday that it has cancelled 20 of 300 flights scheduled for Friday August 3rd as a result of the strike. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach ‘concerned’ about impact on holidaymakers as fourth pilots’ strike to go ahead

Italian prime minister  Giuseppe Conte and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Chigi Palace in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Varadkar renews offer to Italian PM to take 600 migrants once security clearance agreed

It is the second time in a fortnight that the Defence Forces have engaged in such a cross-Border operation. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Before this summer Air Corps had never engaged in such a cross-Border operation

Sipo warns unregulated nature of social media campaigns allows “foreign actors to influence Irish elections and referendums with potentially significant consequences”. Photograph: iStock

No spending limits or regulations in place, warns watchdog

The Cabinet this week approved the introduction of legislation to ban the resale of tickets at multiples of their face value, for events at designated venues which hold 1,000 or more people. Photograph: iStock

Cabinet approves legislation to ban the resale of tickets at multiples of their face value

Shane Ross: ‘It got through the Dáil. It will get through the Senate in the early stage in the new session and become law fairly shortly.’ File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister confident Stepaside will reopen on 24 hour basis; says he will run in next general election

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