Sinn Féin defence spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh highlighted the case of one soldier who described himself as ‘on the verge of suicide’ because of his working hours, pay and lack of family time. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dáil told of soldier away from family on low paid long shifts and ‘on verge of suicide’

Minister for Children Katherine  Zappone met the chairwoman of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, Judge Yvonne Murphy, last week to discuss the request for an extension of time to report. File photograph: Eric Luke

Zappone faces TDs’ anger over ‘delay and obfuscation’ as Cabinet decides next week

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: she said   if the Government allowed the backstop to be renegotiated “this Government will not be forgiven”

‘We have no idea, to put it bluntly, what if any money will be available to us in the event of a no-deal Brexit’

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau is expected to hand out 400,000 green cards to Irish motorists. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Motorists travelling to UK would have to prove they have valid car insurance

An outbreak of meningitis with up to 20 cases including meningitis B, have been reported to the HSE and there have been some deaths.

Dáil told of claims of ‘medical apartheid’ not to supply vaccine free to children over three

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has rejected allegations that the Government was ‘asleep at the wheel’ over the spiralling costs of the new children’s hospital. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Coveney rejects claim the Government is ‘asleep at the wheel’ over children’s hospital

The Budapest convention dealt specifically with individual actions of production, possession, distribution and solicitation of child abuse images.

Geoffrey Shannon called for cybercrime and pornography agreements ratification in 2014

Leo Varadkar said property tax bands and rates would be reformed to ensure that any changes would be modest. Photograph: Alex Slobodkin/ISPC

Less-well-off counties will see shortfalls made up, but rates will not rise with house prices

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: he  said nursing unions were effectively looking for a 12%  wage increase.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Nurses criticised for strike action for maximum impact ‘at the very time we are facing such a risk to our economy’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “We’re not planning for checks along the land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Nor are we planning for checks in the sea.” Photograph: PA Wire

Taoiseach rejects claims that Government trying to avoid speaking about Border checks

A file photograph of the Abbey Theatre and Peacock Theatre on Abbey Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Actors, directors, designers have complained about use of co-productions and pay rates

Sinn Féin health spokeswoman Louise O’Reilly TD said the nine-member HSE board should not have appointees who have conflicts such as ‘stakes in private hospitals or video medicine systems’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Minister of State says he hope move 'a key enabler' of transformation in health services

 Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy  said that while Limerick East and West met the criteria Limerick city north did not. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister: More landlords may be forced out of market which will not help tenants

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar faced criticism in the Dáil over costs of the new national children’s hospital escalating to a potential €1.7 billion. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leo Varadkar reminds St James’s site will ‘totally transform quality of paediatric care’

Josepha Madigan, Minister fo Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, said she hoped for a progress report within a month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Culture Minister urges dialogue between theatre and forum in dispute over policy

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that just six pieces of priority legislation, mainly linked to Brexit are on the Dail schedule for the next term. Photograph: Karen Morgan/PA Wire

Varadkar rejects Micheál Martin claim Government showing public ’lack of respect’

INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghda said preparation for industrial action would continue. Photograph: Collins

Psychiatric nurses said new proposals would use savings to fund pay parity with other professional groups

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was cutting down on meat “both for health reasons and for reasons of climate change”.

Danny Healy-Rae claims people suggesting cutting down ‘never did a day’s work’

The new Dáil term  gets under way on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Up to five Bills may be needed to amend 60 EU Acts to deal with UK withdrawal

The three small window panes which were broken are part of panelled windows at the top of a wall dividing  Edmund Honohan’s courtroom from an internal corridor in the Four Courts building.

Edmund Honohan had complained about ventilation in his courtroom

Small changes mean students speaking more Irish outside class, report finds. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The funding supports Gaeltacht School Recognition scheme to protect Irish language

An artist’s impression of the exterior of the proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James’s in Dublin

Naming process of children’s hospital will be undertaken by Children’s Hospital Group, says Simon Harris

There were 4,138  more new pupils at primary level in 2018 than the previous year

90.3 per cent of children attend Catholic primary schools

Actor Jer O’Leary plays Jim Larkin on O’Connell Street for a commomorative ceremony in 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Actor, balladeer, folklorist and trade unionist appeared in 42 films, debuting in ‘My Left Foot’

Poor performance: Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long with Thomas Delaney and Lasse Schone of Denmark in UEFA league game in October. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Soccer body to be quizzed by Oireachtas on governance, funding and poor performance

Eileen Battersby with one of her dogs ‘Kingsley’ in 2011. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Literary correspondent critically injured in single-vehicle crash 4km outside Drogheda

Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, said family law “is a very different type of law and tensions are particularly raised at this time of year”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

McDowell says people who are ambivalent about law must take responsibility for situations such as this

The scene at the house in Strokestown, Co Roscommon which was the centre of an eviction.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Flanagan warns against ‘thinly veiled references to vigilantism’ online

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: Wexford TD says Irish Ferries’ move may  do huge damage to the Irish economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Desire to recoup investment of €147m in new cruise ferry dictating move to Dublin Port

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted the delay in producing the Government’s Brexit preparation plans is an issue of sequencing.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach under fire over delay in producing official plan on UK’s exit from the EU

Labour leader Brendan Howlin that moving the Ireland-France ferry out of Rosslare could do huge damage to the Irish economy. File  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dail hears ending route next year could do huge economic damage to Ireland

Leo Varadkar: Fine Gael did not put further money into Anglo Irish Bank but liquidated it. Photograph: Julian Warnand/EPA

Leo Varadkar says State will be biggest beneficiary with €600m payment

The house in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, at the centre of an eviction controversy. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Gardaí think attackers believed security workers had British military backgrounds

Pearse Doherty told Dáil : ‘Those enforcing evictions who are acting in a violent and abusive way need to be held accountable.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pearse Doherty tells Dáil: ‘It was an ordeal of thuggery from a group of men acting on behalf of a financial institution’

An artist’s impression of the exterior of the proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James’s in Dublin

Varadkar says new facility is biggest investment in children’s health in State history

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty: Fine Gael’s “scandalous record on housing” is being endorsed by Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tanáiste defends deal and says rent pressure controls ‘slowing’ rate of rental increases

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has expressed confidence in Scouting Ireland’s new board. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Katherine Zappone says future funding for organisation will depend on progress report

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary:   accused the Government of delaying  publishing plans to prepare for Brexit. File Photograph:  Tom Honan.

Tánaiste accused of giving ‘Andrex puppy’ response to questions on Brexit

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice told the Dáil many people were receiving notice-to-quit letters from banks selling buy-to-let properties. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent TD claims officers blocked road in Co Roscommon while group ‘pegged people out’

Bus workers and drivers have been targeted in more than 1,000 anti-social behaviour incidents in the past 18 months. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

1,000 anti-social incidents on transport in 18 months, four assaults in last fortnight

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said Varadkar and Martin  could have spared ‘the pretence of a critical tension between Tweedledum and Tweedledee’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Labour calls for summer 2019 election when Brexit situation clear

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who earlier on Wednesday officially opened Barclay’s bank new EU headquarters in Dublin, told the Dáil  the bank was an example of more money and jobs coming into Ireland with Brexit. File photograph: PA

Leo Varadkar says State will remain at heart of EU, regardless of what happens ’elsewhere’

The site of a burial ground at the  Tuam mother and baby home in Co Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Varadkar’s comments come as Taoiseach is asked in Dáil about reply to Zappone letter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre) is pictured during a visit to the RCSI in Dublin.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Varadkar says law enacted by Oireachtas will apply, ‘not Canon or any other law’

An anti-Brexit campaigner  stands outside the Westminster parliament with EU and Union Flags and a placard asking ‘Brexit: is it worth it?’. The Taoiseach said calls for a poll on Irish unity during the Brexit process were ‘disruptive’. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty.

Party argued that preparations should be made for ballot if UK leaves EU without Brexit deal

Senator Ronan Mullen (left) and  Mattie McGrath TD, with pro-life supporters behind, speaking to the media on Kildare Street, Dublin on October 12th, 2017 Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Harris happy with level of preparedness to treat women ‘with care and compassion’

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the rollout of abortion services was not a case of ‘just flicking a switch’. Photograph: Collins

Harris says the 300 women who travel for terminations each month will have options in State

Renewing her call for a ban on coursing, TD Maureen O’Sullivan insisted it was not a sport. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Maureen O’Sullivan renews call for ban – Ireland one of three EU states to allow meets

Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female mini(...)

Pope Francis shaking hands with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at Áras an Uachtaráin as part of his visit to Ireland in August. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

No reference to money in Pope’s reply to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone

Four cancer patients died prematurely while others are terminally ill a review of more than 46,000 tests at the Tralee hospital found. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sinn Féin TD claims says fifth death may be linked to errors in reading of scans

Noreen O’Neill from Cork  will travel to Barcelona to secure CBD, a cannabis-based oil, for her two-year-old son Michael to treat his drug-resistant epilepsy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Mick Barry says doctors nervous about seeking import licence for schedule 1 drug

 The Bill was supported without a vote Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste described Bill as not ‘legally sound or capable of being implemented’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  ‘I have given the Independents my commitment that Fine Gael will not sign off on a new confidence and supply agreement or renewal without them also being happy with it’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach says he respects FF wish for in-depth review of Government departments

Leo Varadkar said  the Government would introduce a rent register as recommended by the housing charity Threshold in its annual report on Wednesday.

Leo Varadkar accuses Sinn Féin of ‘weaponising the homeless’ in Dáil

Independent TD Catherine Connolly said two-and-a-half years  later   the report   had yet to be published. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Taoiseach said he would have to check with Minister for Children on the report

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten has addressed the Dáil. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former minister resigned earlier this year amid controversy over meetings with bidder

Danny Healy-Rae   claimed that “the social fabric of rural Ireland has been blown to smithereens”. File photograph: PA

Danny Healy-Rae claims Government wants to close down churches as well as post offices and other services

The Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar acknowledged that the rough sleeping figures were “very disappointing”, but he said “this isn’t the highest ever by any means”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tax relief should be for all workers not just those renting says Varadkar

 A Syrian refugee  sits on a  street in Beirut, Lebanon, Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Some 96 people living with families who offered accommodation at height of migrant crisis

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan  said An Garda Síochána were proactive in dealing with drug-related crime using intelligence-led operations Photograph: iStock

Almost 400 emergency in-patient cases last year because of anabolic steroid uses

Donnacha Ó Laoghaire of Sinn Féin condemned the arson attack in Moville at the weekend on a hotel that was intended to provide accommodation for up to 100 asylum seekers. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Minister asks officials to look at impact of business being conducted at remote centres

Speaking to the Dáil of her experience in prison, Deputy Bríd Smith said: ‘I didn’t commit a crime, it was a civil action in case anyone thinks I’m a robber.’ File photograph: Collins

Payments for working while incarcerated a reflection of welfare wage paid to carers

Tánaiste Simon Coveney told the Dáil ‘Palestinians and the Palestinian National Authority have strong advocates in both Houses, and I am one of them’. File photograph: Donall Farmer

Tánaiste says Seanad Bill to ban goods from occupied territories is ‘not legally sound’

For some families it makes more sense for one parent to opt out of the workforce, Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said. Photograph: iStock

Sinn Féin calls for wage agreement for low-paid workers in the sector

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said Micheal  Martin was ‘in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks there could be an agreed all-of-Executive position on Brexit with the stance that has been taken by the DUP’. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

McDonald under combined FG/FF attack on lack of anti-Brexit voice for North

Senator Frances Black  stressed  the Bill was ‘not singling out any state’ .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael says Bill requires Government to do ‘something not in its power’

Leo Varadkar: “The truth . . . is that the ongoing filibuster of justice legislation in the Seanad is causing other legislation to back up, including important legislation such as this.” Photograph: AFP

Important legislation being ‘backed up’ because of delaying tactics, Varadkar tells Dáil

Amigo Loans has been granted a licence to operate by the Central Bank, offering an interest rate of 49.5%.

Charges ‘very high’ but banning high-interest loans limits freedom of choice – Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said a decision had yet to be made on the tender. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times/File photo

Varadkar questions if Opposition’s raising of tender process is attempt to ‘scupper’ project

A queue forms outside the Capuchin Day Centre for family necessities on Monday morning. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Varadkar says many people ‘for their own reasons’ go to charities rather than State

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was speaking in the wake of the publication of the report of the independent assessor Peter Smyth, who found that the process had not been compromised. Photograph: PA Wire

Varadkar says bidder changed during process ‘but it is not a new consortium’

The number of people deferring the full property tax rose each year from 30,000 in 2013 to 58,000 last year. The figure dropped slightly to 57,000 for this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Officials refuse to deduct tax from welfare benefits as amount paid ‘necessary to live on’

The true number of sex offenders and victims was likely to be “a multiple” of what had emerged to date.

The organisation has been contacted by over a dozen victims since abuse revelations

The tracker scandal emerged after customers on a mortgage that tracked the European Central Bank rates with no more than 1% in the difference were moved off that rate.

Paschal Donohoe unable to give exact time when all affected will receive compensation

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said: “Irish teams are stronger and they’re better when they’re all-Ireland teams.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin TD says having two separate teams splits talent pool and resources

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary called for a specific helpline to be established to allow people  come forward confidentially

Many of alleged abusers may be living outside Ireland

Nama, the so-called “bad bank”, is not now expected to be wound up until 2021.

Minister says final major sales complete by end 2018, focus afterwards on docklands SDZ

Labour Party  Senators Ivana Bacik and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin speak to the media ahead of the debate of Labour’s Irish Nationality and Citizenship Bill 2018. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Minister warns of influx to North from Britain but Government loses vote 23-16

Support in the Dáil for the Brexit withdrawal agreement will send a ‘strong signal’ that Ireland is fully behind the deal, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. file photograph: Donall Farmer

Sinn Féin and People Before Profit amendments to motion rejected by House

Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer and Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee were involved in a row in the chamber. Photographs: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Senator took exception when Buttimer claimed she was ‘trying to assert herself’

Minister for Defence  Paul Kehoe denied he was ‘the scrooge of Government’ during an exchange with Deputy Jack Chambers in the Dáil. File photograph:  Alan Betson

Kehoe ‘Scrooge of Government’ with lowest budget increase of any departments – FF

Leas-Cheann Comhairle Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher criticised the failure to start business at the 10.30 am starting time

Pat Gallagher rebukes absentees after Dáil business delay over lack of quorum

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Government had to get tax increases right to avoid public backlash. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leo Varadkar concedes carbon tax increases but not to extent projected by the ESRI

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, Belgium, in March. File photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/Pool via Reuters

Minister claims agreement will not be ‘reopened’ but talks on future relationship to continue

Families who lost relatives in the 1981 Stardust nightclub fire  marched to the Attorney General’s office in Dublin on Tuesday with 48,000 signed postcards calling for a new inquest. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Families say they have new evidence about 1981 Artane disaster in which 48 people died

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said the Taoiseach claimed at his party’s ardfheis he would deliver five years of tax cuts but he never said that tens of thousands of low paid workers would lose their entitlement to flat rate expenses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mary Lou McDonald says Government cutting expenses worth €100 a year to workers

Lauren Lehane, Blarney, Cork. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Delegates offer mixed views on grand coalition with Fianna Fáil

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told the Ardfheis that “a no-deal disorderly Brexit will pose very significant difficult challenges to all economies across Europe and Ireland will face particular risk.”

Orderly, agreed transition for UK departure a ‘great economic prize’, says Donohoe

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced a review of the decision to make history an optional subject at Junior Certificate level. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister says it is through ‘learning the lessons of our past that we can plan for future’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney  at the opening ceremony of the 79th Fine Gael Ardfheis. Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Party will not stay in Government without clarity on confidence and supply deal

 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he intends to bring proposals to Government at the end of November for the study. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Flanagan concerned over recent reports of underwear being held up in a rape trial

A cervical cancer cell. Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said a High Court case is to be taken to force the release of CervicalCheck smear test slides to women.

Women dealing with cancer waiting six months ’just to get own medical information’

There is no published data in Ireland on the prevalence of tattoos but a review in the medical journal The Lancet showed that up to 36 per cent of people under 40 had at least one tattoo.

Ban on piercings proposed amid fears they make youngsters vulnerable to abuse

Simon Coveney said neither he nor the Taoiseach ‘will claim victories or anything like that’. Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Simon Coveney warns parties against arguing about ’majority versus minority’ in North

The regional Armed Support Unit will be involved in  Garda operations in Co Louth amid a gang feud there. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dáil hears crime warning amid discussion of the escalating violence in Drogheda

 Longboat Quay apartments off Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister insists responsibility rests with owners and management companies

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking about the Brexit deal in the Dáil on Wednesday

Taoiseach says unionists may be feeling vulnerable, isolated and worried

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar corrected himself in the Dáil shortly after he criticised food supplements as ‘snake oil’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Varadkar says some products have proven benefits but that buyers should beware

The Grand Hotel in Wicklow town Photograph: Google Maps

Concern that moves to Wicklow, Roosky, Movile centres represent ‘legalised people trafficking’

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