Dublin Rathdown TD Neale Richmond said the group required investigation even if it sought to move ‘just as a flag of convenience’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Neale Richmond issues warning on ‘toxic’ Brexit campaign organisation

International standards dictate that every child in such a unit should have 16 sq m of space, but in the Rotunda there is just 5 sq m available. Photograph: Alan Betson

Concerns about provision of best practice care in hospital repeatedly highlighted in reports

Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan’s comment was criticised by Forsa’s Andy Pike. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

‘I sincerely apologise for my language. It is absolutely not what I meant to say’

Minister for Further and Higher Educaiton Simon  Harris told the Dáil that what happened last year was not “just a blitz”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Government backbenchers call on Minister for Education to give clarity on Leaving Cert

Healthcare workers  at a computer terminal as they administer a vaccine to people in  Connecticut in the United States last week. Photograph:Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty

Some 1,500 doctors, nurses and other staff not deployed after Call for Ireland initiative

A proposed €90,000 pay rise for the next secretary general of the Department of Health (the offices of which are pictured) represents a liability to the State of €1 million, the Dáil has been told.

Matt Shanahan says post should be ‘contract role’ in bid to attract private sector candidates

Minister for Health Simon Donnelly acknowledged the strain on hospitals with the huge daily virus numbers and patient hospital admissions and deaths. Photogrph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister stresses UK Covid-19 variant ‘far more contagious than what we dealt with so far’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressing the Dáil on Wednesday. Image: Oireachtas TV

‘We honoured piety but failed to show even basic kindness to those who needed it most’

The cost of the Oireachtas has come in €11 million under budget despite the Covid-related relocation to the Convention Centre

Cost of Oireachtas comes in €11 million under budget despite Covid relocation

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Public exchanged less than €400,000 in ‘old money’ last year, the lowest amount ever

Viewers of The Late Late Toy Show generated €6.5 million generated for services aimed at children. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Community Foundation for Ireland disburses Late Late Toy Show €6.5 million

The Government may look to reintroduce the 5km travel limit. File photograph: The Irish Times

Number of cases in community is high, and expected to rise steeply this week

Minister for Climate and Transport Eamon Ryan: ‘This is not an academic or long-term problem. This is something we’re already facing.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Green Party leader says climate change will make growing of potatoes more difficult

The report for 2020  shows that five of the six Northern Ireland counties were in the top 10 for the number of first time applicants. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Oldest passport applicant this year was 102 years of age, youngest just 11 days old

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, who is expecting her first child in May. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach: Not good ‘that we cannot facilitate’ a Minister going on such leave

Dormant funds worth €2.3m will be provided to 17 agencies. Photograph: iStock

€2.3m in dormant funds allocated to carers, agencies for vision, hearing impairment

Paschal Donohoe was speaking as he launched the 2020 NIEC report, based on the initiative spearheaded by then taoiseach Enda Kenny following the Regency Hotel attack in 2016. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Dublin North East Inner City project developed community in wake of crime gang attacks

“I believe an agreement can be reached. I understand that some progress has been made, but I know that particularly in the area of fisheries there is still much negotiation that needs to be completed,” said Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, after launching the 2020 NEIC Progress Report at a virtual event. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Finance says EU and Britain need to know what potential tariffs could apply in 2021

Shoppers in Henry Street on the hunt for a bargain in the new year sales. File photograph: Getty

Warning against January sales ‘bizarre’ while ‘Government cannot dictate prices’

Department officials will be working throughout the Christmas period so applications will be processed without delay, said the Minister.

Workers urged to apply online for Pandemic Unemployment Payment as soon as possible

A July 2020 photograph of Defence Forces personnel training in the Glen of Immal in Wicklow. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister says separate review of Department of Defence taking place in 2021

Passengers are seen disembarking from an inter-terminal train at London Gatwick Airport. The Irish Government is considering a ban on non-essential travel from Britain in response to a new, fast-spreading Covid-19 strain that has been found in England. Photograph: Bloomberg

Flight suspension from midnight, ferries to carry hauliers only; no change for North

Independent politician Lynn Ruane, who has just written her autobiography. Photograph: Dave Meehan/Irish Times

Senator Lynn Ruane speaks of her experience of ongoing harassment for five years

One senator said  he had walked out of a packed gastropub close to Leinster House on Thursday night. Another referred to a  shopping centre packed with people.

Pat Casey ‘totally frustrated’ by Taoiseach’s failure to prove hospitality sector responsible for Covid-19 surge

Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan: alleged the Government is attempting ‘clear the decks’ before Brexit is finalised. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Department of Justice denies deportations happening but says ‘transfers’ continuing

A nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Puerto Rico. Photograph: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty

Louise O’Reilly says a lot of money spent on ‘very slick’ documents

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar:  “Any time I got those offers I passed them on to the agency. I certainly would not have got involved in discussions over money.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar says procurement and contracts done at ‘agency’ not political level

Ms Humphreys said the move to remote working over the past nine months because of the Covid-19 pandemic could transform rural towns and villages.

Minister says commitment to have 20% of public sector working remotely is not enough

Varadkar (right) told the Dáil that the Taoiseach Micheál Martin “meant to say” that the banks’ owners, the banks’ shareholders were not bailed out. File photograph: Maxwells

Martin clarifies his comments, says banks got ‘huge rescue package’

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses MEPs  during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday. Photograph: John Thys/Pool/AP

‘It’s Europe’s moment’ - Ursula von der Leyen unveils Covid-19 vaccine start date

Taoiseach Micheál Martin on RTÉ Six One News. Photograph: RTÉ

Varadkar confirms Government thinking about ‘essentially closing hospitality again’ as restaurateurs complain of ‘devastating econ(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the Dáil after his election. Photograph: Oireachtas

Boyd Barrett cites bailout in issue over redundancy for former Debenhams workers

Sinn Féin’s Darren O’Rourke  expressed concern that in relation to offshore wind energy the State ‘does not directly own or operate  any such resources’.  File photograph: Getty Images

Sinn Féin’s Darren O’Rourke raises issue of ‘statistical transfers’ from Estonia, Denmark

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it was hoped to underpin ongoing cross-Border healthcare with legislation after the end of the Brexit transition period. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Taoiseach says initiative will roll on on ‘administrative basis’ ahead of permanent fix

Sinn Féin Mayo TD Rose Conway-Walsh said that only seven of 85 students due in the school on Monday turned up for classes. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Micheál Martin says ‘we cannot have position where every school makes its own decision’

Taoiseacch Micheál Martin said “shareholders in the banks were not bailed out. The State took equity. The shareholders were not bailed out.” Photograph: Francisco Seco / POOL / AFP

Micheál Martin says bank shareholders not bailed out but ‘State took equity’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the paragraphs removed were conclusions in relation to Alan  Shatter which the Supreme Court ruled were outside the scope of Mr Guerin’s terms of reference.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Taoiseach tells Dáil paragraphs removed following 2019 Supreme Court judgment

Warning that “every contact matters”, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said “what we’re witnessing in Northern Ireland could happen here if we allow things to go out of control - which we’re not going to do”. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Kelly warns NI Executive ‘has no experience of taking hard decisions’

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said Ireland had the biggest fall in Covid-related deaths of any European country in wave two of the pandemic compared to wave one. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

New clusters reported in five more nursing homes in past seven days, Dáil told

Medical staff attending to two patients in an ambulance, at Antrim Area Hospital on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Hospital bed occupancy in Northern Ireland at 105% after 17 ambulance queue in Antrim

Screengrab of Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, apologising for posting controversial tweets about the IRA and Leo Varadkar. Photograph: PA

Public Accounts Committee head says he is ‘committed to learning’ from his mistakes

The Dáil was told that ‘nuclear weapons have never been a deterrent but have always been an existential threat to our very existence’. File photograph: Getty

Threat posed by nuclear weapons and proliferation to form ‘fundamental objective’

The Taoiseach told the Dáil that nobody had signalled any correlation between testing centres and a higher rate of incidence of Covid-19 in surrounding areas. File photograph: Getty

Martin challenged on indemnity given to drug companies developing Covid-19 medicine

Brian Stanley addresses the Dáil. Image: Oireachtas TV

Brian Stanley makes personal statement in the Dáil after week away from politics

Depiction of John Twiss in the dock, taken from an edition of the Kerryman in January 1956. Image: Michael O’Donoghue Memorial Heritage Project/Kerryman.

Department officials believe conviction of John Twiss might be ‘unsafe’, says Minister

Newly-qualified gardaí at the Garda College, Templemore. The force will on February 7th, 2022, mark a 1922 meeting in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, of a committee which decided to form the Civic Guard

The Civil Guard was formed at a meeting in Dublin’s Gresham Hotel in February 1922

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen said it is an ‘abuse’ of the system that high earners benefit from the exemption.

Exemption not intended for ‘career politicians’ or various stars promoting their memoirs

The Road Safety Authority has applied to the department to recruit an additional 80 driving testers. File photograph: Getty

Minister confirms early 2022 soonest that objective can be achieved in wake of Covid impact

British soldiers take aim at civil rights demonstrators in the Falls Road, Belfast, 1970. File photograph: Malcolm Stroud/Express/Getty Images

Possible joint North-South initiative to make ‘objective’ Lost Lives available free online

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Communications strategy will deal with people’s ‘fears, concerns’ Minister pledges

 Leo Varadkar: The UK leaves the EU on January 1st and “in leaving the EU it takes its waters with it”. Photograph: Julien Behal

Leo Varadkar reiterates view that EU talks require a ‘compromise on both sides’

Mr Varadkar was responding to Sinn Féin in the ongoing controversy about pay for student nurses and midwives. Photograph: iStock

Donnelly says any allowance increases after review will be paid from January

It is not uncommon for there to be up to 30,000 summonses waiting for a listing, the Courts Service has said. Photograph: iStock

Minister tells Dáil of drive to clear backlog of minor cases due to pause caused by Covid-19

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said she had spoken to musicians and members of the entertainment industry directly and “they have explained that this would make life easier for them when it comes to one-off gigs”. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Minister accepts Opposition amendment to earn more over 8 weeks without affecting social welfare benefit

Rise TD Paul Murphy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Paul Murphy launches highly personalised attack on new Government press secretary

Since March just four people have been deported although 469 deportation orders have been issued. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Taoiseach responds to question raised by TD about constituent facing deportation

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

TDs and Senators urged not to leak private party discussions to media

A care home group managing director receives the Covid-19 vaccine in Cornwall, England on Wednesday.  Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has described the provision of the first vaccinations outside of trials in the UK as ‘a day of hope’ in the battle against the disease. Photograph:  Hugh Hastings/Getty Images.

Five further deaths and a total of 227 new Covid-19 cases reported

Boris Johnson  and Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, ahead of a dinner meeting at the Berlaymont building in Brussels. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Media/Bloomberg

Teams to continue talks on post-Brexit trade deal and ‘we will come to a decision by the end of the weekend’, says EC President

Aodhán Ó Riordáin said he was not attempting to be provocative or destructive but they had to drill down into the root causes of toxic masculinity and why domestic violence appears to be getting worse in Ireland. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Aodhán Ó Riordáin says ‘toxic male culture’ can grow and create ‘warped sense of power’

 Simon Coveney warned the Cabinet  that the coming and going of recent days was not ‘choreography’. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Simon Coveney warns that even with a deal Brexit will act as a drag on economic performance

Taoiseach Micheál Martin faced Opposition anger over the Government agreeing to a pay increase for judges but failing to pay student nurses and midwives. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach describes incident as exploitation which was ‘unacceptable’

A medical professional prepares a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, before it is administered to a patient at Croydon University Hospital in south London. Photograph: Dan Charity/Pool/AFP via Getty

Taoiseach promises to sign undertaking amid concerns people being ‘fed lies’ about inoculation programme

Regina Doherty: It was “really, really disappointing that our women were moved from billy to jack over the weekend”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Seanad leader Regina Doherty in angry Seanad outburst says treatment ‘unacceptable’

British prime minister Boris Johnson departs from a weekly meeting of cabinet ministers before heading to Brussels  for urgent talks with European Commission president Ursula von der Leye. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

UK and EU reach agreement on Northern Ireland protocol as Taoiseach warns of possible no deal

Christine O’Mahony: she  said she left the party in light of the controversy surrounding Brian Stanley. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Christine O’Mahony resigned after party told her not to discuss internal matters publicly

The new scheme is expected to offer residency to undocumented migrants and their children who are long-term resident in the State. Photograph: Getty Images

Policy document on ‘pathway’ to residency is likely to be published early in the new year

Senator Alice Mary Higgins. Photograph: Tom Honan

Senators introduce Bill for moratorium on deportations until Covid-19 pandemic ends

 Sinn Fein TD Eoin O Broin said  the party had a “clear independent disciplinary process and that has to be allowed to follow its due course”.Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

TD said social media should be about engagement and the cut and thrust of political argument

Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost, right arrives in Brussels for Brexit talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP Photo

Any deal could not be ratified if UK breaches Northern Ireland agreement – Coveney

The nasal flu vaccine  is being offered for free by the HSE this year for the first time,  although it has been safely in use in Canada and the UK  for a number of years. Photograph: Getty Images

HSE confirms that less than one third of 600,000 available doses administered

The National Campaign for the Arts said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision not to allow theatres and arts centres open.  File Photograph: Eric Luke

Senior health officials and representatives of theatrical community involved in discussions

Many student nurses had to give up part-time positions as healthcare assistants to avoid the risk of cross-infection. Photograph: Paul Burns/Getty Images

Department confirms 31 students got Covid-19 since March amid controversy over pay

Karen O’Hara from East Coast School of Ballet Malahide with performing arts teachers during a protest outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dance teachers protest outside Dáil over exclusion from reopening

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said he is aware of plans to build more than 200 apartments on a parcel of land near the  Bessborough home which campaigners believe overlaps a children’s burial plot. File photograph: Gareth Chaney

Minister says it would be inappropriate to publish 3,000 page report before Christmas

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys paid tribute in the Dáil to Department of Social Protection staff

Seven years’ worth of jobseeker applications processed in eight months, says Minister

 Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan with deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn (right)  and Prof Philip Nolan (left), chair of the Nphet  modelling group, address the media at the Covid -19 briefing on Thursday evening. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Nphet reports 183 confirmed cases but due to IT problem this is likely to be underestimate

Fishing quotas are one of the biggest areas of conflict as the negotiations reach endgame. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

House hears warnings of potential for ‘conflict at sea’ in event of no deal

Labour Party Senator Ivana Bacik  said there was a clear need to address the needs of undocumented children in Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister warns of unintended consequences of changing immigration law at time of ‘huge flux’ with Brexit, Covid-19

The Dáil was told more than 70 per cent of student nurses surveyed in 2018 were considering leaving the country. Pay and conditions were a major issue. File photgraph: Getty Images

Nursing students receive only a €50 weekly allowance, and are not allowed second jobs

The Taoiseach has told the Dáil that  ultra-low temperature storage freezers for the Covid-19 vaccine  have arrived into the country and will be commissioned by the middle of next week.

Securing vaccines will cost State €117.6m, says Minister for Health

Heather Humphreys said 65-year-olds would not be on dole queue. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Pension costs quadrupled since 1997 says Minister, as Sinn Féin calls for age to be 65

While cinemas, museums and galleries reopened as the country moved out of Level 5 on Tuesday but theatres are not permitted to reopen.

Call for such venues to be allowed to operate when they can facilitate social distancing

Paul  Murphy claimed the Dáil’s standing orders or regulations were clear and allow for such a debate to take place and he was seeking five minutes in the Dáil to put the motion and vote on it. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ceann Comhairle tells Paul Murphy to use private member’s time to deal with issue

 Social Democrat TD Holly Cairns following a briefing by the Social Democrats  about  greyhound racing funding. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Social Democrats TD says ‘too many women subject to too many comments which seek to demean’

The Government’s parliamentary parties are expected to agree a single Coalition nomination for each Seanad byelection. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Independent Victor Boyhan calls on clerk to notify Local Government Minister of vacancy

The Cabinet has given the go-ahead for the Department of Health to purchase the Moderna vaccine.  Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP

Taoiseach will give ‘some consideration’ for a dedicated Minister over roll-out strategy

Pat Finucane was shot dead in his north Belfast home in 1989 by the UDA. File photograph: Pacemaker

Martin says there has been effort ‘to undermine any progress to get to truth’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the Government is working on the plan ‘and the more we can do together, across the EU, the more effective it can be’. Photograph: iStock

Measure expected to apply to those coming in from orange countries in EU traffic light set-up

The Minister for Justice told the Dáil that Leo Varadkar said to her the former attorney general Séamus Woulfe would make ‘a good judge’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Justice’s recollection on rolling controversy ‘similar to mine’, claims Tánaiste

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath acknowledged that ‘it has always been the case that the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform resist any efforts to ring-fence proceeds for any particular purpose’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Practice of rejecting fund allocation to specific proposals may change, says McGrath

 Minister for Justice Helen McEntee  arrives at the Convention Centre to face questions over the appointment of Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Minister for Justice says Varadkar told her former AG would make ‘a good judge’

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD arrives at the Convention Centre in Dublin were the Dáil is sitting. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

But ensuring Irish interests are part of any final Brexit trade deal ‘will not be easy’

Leo Varadkar: decision on inter-county travel – including to Northern Ireland – will not be made until closer to Christmas. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Decision on inter-county travel will come closer to Christmas , says Tánaiste

Helen McEntee answers questions on the appointment of Séamus Woulfe. Photograph: Screengrab

Government yielded to Q&A session after two weeks of Opposition pressure

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin called for an immediate, emergency response to homelessness. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Call for emergency response to significant rise in deaths of those in homelessness

Santa Claus pictured leaving the North Pole on his way to Ireland last year. Photograph: Mrs Claus.

Minister warns children not to stay up on Christmas Eve to ensure social distancing

Simon Coveney said ‘it is the most appropriate approach given the complexities over the challenge we face’.

Measure described by Minister for Foreign Affairs as ‘very unusual piece of legislation’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed the legislation will be published ‘very shortly’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Pension-age law will be in place to defer increase to 67 by January 1st, says Martin

File photograph showing the Simon Community serving food and hot drinks to homeless people and rough sleepers on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gardaí say deaths of men not believed to be linked

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