Noel Grealish  told the Dáil that €3.54 billion in remittances has been sent from Ireland to Nigeria in the last eight years. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The World Bank says €3.54 billion went to Nigeria in 8 years but CSO says €136 million

Noel Grealish TD: asked if the Department of Finance or the Revenue Commissioners had mechanisms in place to ensure that some of the money sent to Nigeria  was “not the proceeds of crime and fraud”.  Photograph: Erik Luke

‘What immigrants do with their money none of his business’ – FF justice spokesman

Quinn Industrial Holdings offices in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Garda representative bodies criticise Minister over policing comments

There are rumours Maria Bailey might run as an Independent if not selected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party’s national executive could strip TD of candidacy over ‘Swing-gate’ controversy

The three-year pilot scheme gave owners of old homes a grant worth 50 per cent of the cost to bring their houses up to an A3 rating. Photograph: iStock

Minister told agency responsible he was unhappy with how decision was reached

Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney. Photograph:  BBC Spotlight

Gardaí fear gang still have means to continue as Taoiseach seeks to reassure QIH directors

Quinn Industrial Holdings offices in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Michael D’Arcy claims blame for slow response to threats lies with officers ‘on the ground’

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin following his speech to the party conference in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Party leader criticises Taoiseach’s ‘ignorance or contempt for science’ on climate change

Labour’s Anne Waithira Burke said: ‘I believe it is high time our laws call out the internet and social media, [and] information technology in general’

Anne Waithira Burke tells session on direct provision of racial and sexist abuse

Brendan Howlin has grown into the position of leader, with some good scores on Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many in party wary of re-entering government too quickly even if election goes well

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg:  the committee heard a call for him to be legally compelled to appear before the committee to answer questions about disinformation, fake news and micro-targeted political advertising. Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters

Individual states urged to put a temporary ban on micro-targeted political advertising

Irleand's Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

Practice raises GDPR issues, Helen Dixon tells Dublin hearing on disinformation

Carole Cadwalladr (front): ‘The contempt [Mark Zuckerberg] has shown to national representatives here is extraordinary.’ Photograph: David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Netflix

Carole Cadwalladr first disclosed Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data harvesting in 2016

Facebook: Microtargeting of users allows advertisers to target tiny groups of people. File photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty

Monika Bickert defends decision not to ban political ads in Dublin conference

The day-long session will be chaired by Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton (above), who is a member of the international grand committee along with Eamon Ryan of the Green Party and James Lawless of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Hearing in Seanad will examine hate speech, harmful content and electoral interference

The move comes a week after Twitter decided to ban all political advertising on its website. Photograph: iStock

Rules aim to prevent elections from being captured by a ‘narrow range of interests’

The late Gay Byrne: a giant of Irish life. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

Inside Politics: The Late Late Show and influential radio show were anything but light entertainment

The latest time for receiving nominations will be 12pm on Monday, November 18th.

Polls to be held in Cork North Central, Dublin Fingal, Dublin Mid-West and Wexford

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty: “I want to ensure that the pensioners of tomorrow don’t just have enough to live on but have a comfortable life in their retirement.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Private sector workers without pension to be enrolled more slowly over longer time frame

Committee chairwoman Hildegarde Naughton said: ‘I wish to announce that I have recused myself from the investigation of complaints.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Hildegarde Naughton says she has voted for a colleague also in the chamber but ‘never’ for an absent TD

Leo Varadkar: the Taoiseach’s stated preference is for an election  in May 2020. FIle photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

One Minister warns that ‘people of Ireland would prefer carol singers to canvassers’

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty will ask Cabinet   to approve an auto-enrolment scheme for private pensions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Employees would begin by contributing 1% of salary to the scheme, matched by employers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Cabinet will be briefed by Tánaiste Simon Coveney on Wednesday on the implications of another dramatic Brexit week. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Pause in Brexit-related politics in Ireland finally expected during November

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy will bring a memo to Cabinet on Wednesday asking for a two-year extension subject to new conditions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New ‘use it or lose it’ measure will see planning permission lapse after 18 months

While tobacco sales to minors are prohibited  there are no laws that prohibit the sale of “related products” such as e-cigarettes, vaping refill containers or herbal cigarettes to young persons.  Photograph: Getty Images

Proposed legislation will also prohibit vending machines at locations or events where children are likely to be present

Green Party’s Eamon Ryan: “We see ourselves as representing everyone. It cannot be rural versus urban.” Photograph:  Tom Honan

With rising membership, the Green Party is in strong position for next general election

Pat The Cope Gallagher: ‘I do believe the changes made by the Ceann Comhairle to make sure members take their seats will be able to deal with this issue fully and adequately’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Times asked 15 Dáil deputies for their views

LÉ Samuel Beckett comes to migrants’ aid during a search and rescue operation northeast of Tripoli in the Mediterranean in 2016

Four MEPs voted against Mediterranean search and rescue resolution over one clause

Pippa Hackett, a county councillor Offaly and the Green Party’s agriculture spokeswoman,  with party leader Eamon Ryan  and Grace O’Sullivan MEP. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No other candidate was nominated to contest the byelection for the Upper House

House of Commons MPs announcing the result of a vote setting out the proposed timetable for the Brexit withdrawal Agreement Bill . Photograph: JESSICA TAYLOR/UK PARLIAMENT/AFP via Getty Images

Inside Politics: British prime minister concedes he will have to talk to EU leaders about Brexit extension

By Tuesday afternoon, Fianna Fáil noted ‘clear instances’ where Ministers were absent from their seats over the past 12 months. File photograph: The Irish Times

Sharp political exchanges on controversy seen as prelude to general election campaign

Then government chief whip Séamus Brennan with Pat Rabbitte, Paul Bradford, Desmond O’Malley and John Gormley at a photocall on February 25th, 2002, to mark the introduction of electronic voting in the Dáil. Photograph: Maxwells/Handout

Timmy Dooley/Niall Collins controversy underlines slapdash elements to the practice

Committee which upholds standards in the Dáil did not apply any sanctions in Shane Ross’s case . Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Danny Healy Rae alleged Minister voted twice when he pressed Zappone’s button

Fianna Fáil TDs Niall Collins and Timmy Dooley are being investigated over a series of votes last week. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael accuses Fianna Fáil of muddying waters with video of Ministers out of seats

TDs from across the political spectrum have admitted to voting for colleagues who were present in the Dáil chamber but who were not in their designated seats

Fine Gael Ministers among those who pressed buttons for colleagues in the Dáil

Timmy Dooley, who with Niall Collins has stood down from the party’s frontbench pending the outcome of an investigation. Photograph: James Forde

Introduction of thumbprint verification suggested to safeguard integrity of system

Barry Cowen TD. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TDs from across political spectrum admit to voting for colleagues not in designated seats

Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel. Photograph: Reuters

Díaz-Canel, who succeeded Fidel Castro’s brother Raul in April 2018, will visit Áras

It’s the biggest decision yet for Leo Varadkar’s term in office.   File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Brexit deal and date of Irish general election are linked

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said opposition parties had not been briefed on the pathway found during the meeting

Labour leader says Taoiseach should be ‘wary’ in Brexit negotiations with British PM

Scooters are not currently legislated for, but are considered motor-propelled vehicles requiring a licence and insurance. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Opposition proposes reclassifying e-scooters to remove need for licence and insurance

The Taoiseach’s upswing does not translate into a surge in support for Fine Gael

Taiseach sees his approval rating increase 15 points to 51 per cent

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, whose spokesman said there had been a consistent preference for a May 2020 date and that had not changed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Parties say they are largely prepared for early election if one is called

Denis O’Brien: Communicorp  does not allow   journalists from The Irish Times to feature on its radio stations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

All political parties support letter calling on Communicorp to ‘reconsider approach’

 British prime minister Boris Johnson walks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the grounds of Thornton Manor Hotel in Liverpool, England, on Wednesday. Photograph: Noel Mullen/Government Press Office via Getty Images

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson’s crunch Liverpool meeting followed a tense few days

Ballot boxes in the 2018 presidential election at the Dublin city count centre. Photograph: NIck Bradshaw

Government sources say poll on giving vote to emigrants delayed amid Brexit turmoil

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson will meet in private for two hours

Inside Politics: Dublin and EU have played down any chances of breakthrough

 Paschal Donohoe in studio at RTE ahead of the Today with Sean O’Rourke show to take calls from the public on Budget 2019. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Government delivers cautious budget amid no-deal Brexit fears

Paschal’s day in the sun was overshadowed by the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, and his Brexit negotiations

Analysis: Donohoe set out a €1.2bn package for responding to a no-deal Brexit

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘new deal or no deal’. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Inside Politics: Proposals appear to be like May’s time-limited backstop that was rejected by EU and Ireland

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty launched its alternative budget document on Thursday. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Party proposes to spend €3.4 billion more than the € 2.8 billion of the Government

Wolves  became extinct in Ireland 250 years ago. Photograph: iStock

Eamon Ryan believes animals would contribute positively to the ecosystem

In exchanges with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald in July, the Taoiseach said he supported the Seanad’s abolition. Photograph: Tom Honan

Report includes draft legislation for recommendations to be implemented without delay

Paul Murphy: he says  Rise will act as a third arm of Solidarity-People Before Profit. Photograph: Getty Images

Founder Paul Murphy been influenced by ground-up campaigns like water charges, Repeal

Former Workers’ Party members Pat Rabbitte, Proinsias De Rossa, Liz McManus and Eamonn Gilmore campaigning for Democratic Left in 2002. Photograph: Eric Luke

New group formed by Paul Murphy joins crowded space on Ireland’s political left

Paul Murphy TD launches his new political grouping, Rise, at a press conference in Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Dublin TD says the group will try to build a new, radical left movement in Irish society

While Ireland has consistently been ranked in the first three in the world for energy efficiency in new homes built since 2011, the big challenge is the 2 million homes built when standards were much lower. Photograph: Getty Images

Rules will require new homes to be twice as energy efficient as current standards

Paul Murphy, who has left the Socialist Party,  argued for more engagement with the Green Party and Sinn Féin, but his party colleagues in Leinster House disagreed. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Analysis: Differences over relations with other parties and group at heart of latest split

Paul Murphy is leaving  the Socialist party after it failed to resolve an internal year-long dispute over the extent and level of co-operation it should have with other left-leaning parties and movements of the left. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin TD’s departure follows failure to resolve year-long dispute over party strategy

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in  New York City. Photograph: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: British prime minister suffers stunning court defeat, US president faces impeachment inquiry

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I want to get something working for the new year.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

McHugh pledges rules to stop children with special needs being put on reduced hours

Students at the global climate change strike in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Green Party and Fianna Fáil describe children’s protests as ‘moving’ and ‘inspirational’

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly: “I am from west Cork and have five children, aged between six and 16. It just was becoming very difficult for me to spend any time with my family.” Photograph: Julien Behal

Politicians must juggle time spent in constituency with requirement to attend the Dáil

Jim Daly: I cannot continue in public life spending three or four days in Dublin each week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

As a west Cork TD ‘it was becoming very difficult for me to spend time with my family’

PSNI officers at the laneway at Kinawley in Co Fermanagh where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted   on Tuesday. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

QIH chief operations officer believed to have been held in a horsebox, investigators believe

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tries his hand at ploughing with Colman Cogan  from Sligo during the National Ploughing Championships in Carlow, Ireland. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Private meeting held with DUP leader in Dublin on Wednesday night

Farmers protesting outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny border. File Photograph: PA

Creed urges farmers to ‘step away from blockades’ as beef deal stalls

UK home secretary Priti Patel told the BBC the “entire machinery of government” was focused on securing a Brexit deal. Photograph: BBC

Two British ministers said on Sunday that deal was still possible by October 31st

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said action needed to be taken now and not at the end of the decade when it will be too late. File photograph: Tom Honan

Eamon Ryan tells think-in the party wants the tax to increase to €90 per tonne by 2030

Even after the bruising that followed the Greens pairing up with Fianna Fáil in 2007, the predominant view in the party is that it should go back into coalition. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Climate change a zeitgeist issue but Brexit and rivals playing catch-up may complicate matters

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: “You just don’t land a punch like that and then go away.”

Independent TD criticised over comments about African asylum seekers

The Connemara Gateway Hotel, Oughterard: The  Department of Justice  cannot confirm or deny if any building is being considered for direct provision. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Locals say lack of communication about direct provision centre is behind opposition

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

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

Galway West TD Noel Grealish has faced criticism from politicians and on social media for allegedly portraying African asylum seekers as economic migrants who ‘sponge off the system’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Deputy spoke at Oughterard meeting where concern about direct provision centre was raised

Dr Eddie Casey, Séamus Coffey, Dr Martina Lawless and Dr Michael Tutty of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fiscal council warns overspending in health and social welfare is eating into surpluses

A further 14 individuals in 2016 earned between €1m and €3m, giving them annual tax reliefs of almost €300,000 to €900,000.

Contentious State initiative to attract senior personnel allows for 30% relief on income

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Cllr Shay Brennan, turn the sod on new ‘cost rental’ development in Stepaside, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CIF wants Budget 2020 to extend Help-to-Buy scheme and relax mortgage lending rules

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said the details of the situation facing Irish trawlers entering UK waters on November 1st had yet to be worked out. File photograph: Jeff Mauritzen/National Geographic/Getty Images

Government ‘escalating’ no-deal Brexit preparations amid concerns over sector’s exposure

An image from last month showing indepdendent farmers protesting outside the  Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny. Photograph: PA

Meat Industry Ireland says decisions to cease processing operations had ‘not been taken lightly’

Brendan Howlin is sharpening Labour’s appeal ahead of the next general election. File photograph: The Irish Times

Mood at Cork conclave among party parliamentarians and new councillors upbeat

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said it is ‘disclosure time’ for the Government to spell out what is going to happen to the Border if there is a crash-out Brexit. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Labour leader warns Taoiseach on Dublin meeting with British PM and chaotic Brexit

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson: Told the summer school regarding the Belfast Agreement that ‘we can’t enhance the relationship and the principle of consent’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Brexit not to frustrate or derail Belfast Agreement, claims leading unionist politician

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting Séamus Whelan and Sinéad McSweeney, the son and wife and son of the late Noel Whelan. Photograph: Mary Browne

Commentator and school founder died at age of 50 in July

Charlie Haughey: very different, he acted differently and lived differently. Photograph: RTÉ screen grab

Former Fianna Fáil TD Conor Lenihan says former taoiseach did State a disservice

Even with a no-deal Brexit ‘there will be net growth in employment’, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach says economy will slow down but there will be no recession

RTÉ director general Dee Forbes  said  ‘our current financial situation is not like anything we have seen before’.

Dee Forbes says station is ‘reassessing everything we currently do’

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin: ‘In March we came within days of a crash-out Brexit for which Ireland manifestly was not prepared – something the Taoiseach admitted during Dáil questions.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

FF leader questioned Government’s preparedness for worst possible Brexit outcome

The European Commission  has already told Ireland that in a no-deal Brexit ‘you will have a hard border’. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Even soft border would mean eight crossing points may be needed, according to Revenue

US vice-president Mike Pence and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Farmleigh House on Tuesday. Photograph:  Pool/Getty

Hard border would have a ‘deeply destructive’ impact on Ireland, Varadkar says

US vice-president Mike Pence during a joint news conference with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House in Dublin. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

US vice-president’s robust support for Britain had not been expected at Farmleigh event

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael has been characterised by a party strategist as the only grouping that can ‘protect the economy’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Promising jobs data bodes well for Fine Gael but Brexit, housing and health pose problems

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson faces fierce opposition for insisting on an October 31st withdrawal from the European Union. rew Parsons/ EPA

Backstop represents the ‘maximum flexibility’ the EU can offer, says Barnier

Maggie Clune, Social Enterprise Manager, PACE Organisation. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The busy Four Courts outlet was set up to give its workforce a second chance

Peter Lawlor and Gerry Gowan, aka “Dublin Gerry”, pictured in advance of the All Ireland final. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘The cycle of Dublin’s success will end,’ says sports historian. Yes but not on Sunday, supporters insist

Richard Boyd Barrett TD of People Before Profit: ‘All bets are off’ should there be a global recession. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

PBP calls for ‘unified action’ on housing and climate change in letter to parties and unions

The Road Safety Authority says anecdotal evidence suggests e-scooter-related injuries “are generally minor and a result of users falling off rather than interactions with other road users”.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

Controlled rollout of ‘powered transporters’ could ensure safety and bestow green benefit

 European Council president Donald Tusk and UK prime minister Boris Johnson  at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on Sunday. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Boris Johnson hints UK may refuse to pay £39bn divorce bill in event of no-deal

 Outgoing  Fine Gael  TD John Deasy: Waterford politician  brought a direct and sometimes abrasive style to Dáil Éireann. Photograph: Stephen Collins

Dungarvan maverick spoke his mind and drew on experience of White House politics

Lottie Groenland (4) and her mother, Rosa Groenland, at the Extinction Rebellion protest at the Brazilian Embassy in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Taoiseach threatens to vote against deal backed by Hogan over rainforest wildfires

Electric scooters are currently not regulated in Ireland and are technically illegal. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Shane Ross is expected to impose licensing and speed restrictions if e-scooters legalised

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