Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton said the Government was ‘determined to create an alternative future for people’. File image: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Locals sceptical that funds and jobs promised by Government will materialise

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson at the Thornton Manor Hotel, near Birkenhead for talks  in October. Photograph:  Noel Mullen/AFP via Getty Images

Irish observers may bemoan lack of attention on North but Dublin has other priorities too

Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists with chairwoman of the trade union group at RTÉ, Shirley Bradshaw, Fran McNulty, RTÉ Agriculture Correspondent and Karan O’Loughlin, arts, culture, print & media sector of Siptu on their way onto a meeting at RTÉ in Donnybrook this week. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

A sad week for everyone in RTÉ suddenly became a difficult and fraught one

Rainy day: RTÉ workers at the company’s headquarters at Donnybrook in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Get back in the queue, says one Minister of RTÉ’s requests for funding

The RTÉ campus, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, as the broadcaster announced it will cut some 200 jobs next year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Broadcaster hopes to generate €50m from second land sale at Donnybrook campus

 Solidarity-People Before Profit  TD Bríd Smith: submitted a motion. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Four Solidarity-People Before Profit TDs challenging decision of Ceann Comhairle

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Case arises after Ceann Comhairle blocks bid by TDs to alter regulations on order paper

TDs Paul Murphy and Bríd Smith at the Four Courts for their High Court action challenging the Ceann Comhairle’s decision not to allow a vote on changing Dáil standing orders. Photograph: Collins Courts

Opposition TDs will get day in court to make case for vote aiming to stop blocking of Bills

Solidarity-People Before Profit TDs Paul Murphy and Bríd Smith at the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins Courts

Injunction ordering change to Dáil order of business refused

The Ceann Comhairle suspended the Dáil after a row broke out over a private members Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle suspended Dáil after row over private members Bill

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó’Fearghaíl said he was not ‘prepared to be bullied’, before suspending the Dáil. Photograph: Maxwell

Government abusing device in ‘sabotage to democratic process’, says Boyd Barrett

Richard Boyd Barrett  said the use of the device by the Government was ‘an outrageous sabotage of democracy.’ Photograph: Collins

TDs seeking to stop Government blocking opposition Bills approved by Dáil

Michael Healy-Rae: ‘I did nothing wrong.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kerry TD maintains he was at Dáil on day in question before travelling for Sneem funeral

Leo Varadkar’s definitive quashing of general election speculation this week probably means that an election – triggered by him anyway – is off the agenda until next spring at the earliest

You would think Fine Gael had learned that Governments which preside over economic growth lose

Firms such as Mazars, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernest and Young appear repeatedly in the figures for Government spending on outside consultants. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Consultancy for Government a lucrative business for small number of firms

 Protestors outside the proposed accommodation for 130 asylum seekers in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Martin Kenny spoke in support of centre for asylum seekers in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers.  Noel Rock of Fine Fáil is expected to withdraw his complaint about her to the Dáil Members’ Interests Committee. Photograph: Fran Veale©

Complaints about Niall Collins, Timmy Dooley and Barry Cowen to be considered

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Simon Dawson

Brussels awaits Westminster decision on election before announcing on extension

British prime minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: After their first meeting, Mr Varadkar told his officials: I believe he wants a deal. The second meeting broke the deadlock. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Accepting Johnson’s ascension to power had changed Brexit dynamics was smart politics

A trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom is unlikely to be completed before the deadline at the end of next year, Irish European Commissioner Phil Hogan has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Former minister accepts fears over Mercosur deal, says Europeans need to be convinced to ‘eat more red meat’

French president Emmanuel Macron is unwilling to wave through a three-month Brexit extension for the UK, sources in Brussels and Dublin said. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

French government says UK should examine deal ‘as quickly as possible’

In the Dáil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned TDs that the current phase of Brexit was only the beginning of a process. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Taoiseach agrees to Tusk request to approve Brexit extension for UK until January 31st

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (right) has launched The Globalist, a biography of Peter Sutherland by John Walsh (left).  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister says biography of late AG and WTO head is the story of ‘a life and an idea’

Minister for Health Simon Harris has been seeking to turn up the heat on Fianna Fáil since the voting issue emerged . File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Analysis: Frosty relations between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael deteriorating further

Speaker John Bercow addressing the House of Commons in London on October 21st on the European Union (EU) Withdrawal Act 2018 motion. Photograph: JESSICA TAYLOR/UK PARLIAMENT/AFP via Getty Images

Vote on legislation likely to be close, with reports from London suggesting a narrow victory for prime minister

  A London march by the People’s Vote organisation   calling for a final Brexit say in a second referendum.  Photograph:  Niklas Halle’n/AFP via Getty Images

European Parliament will not vote on new Withdrawal Agreement until British parliament has decided whether to ratify the deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for the second day of a two-day summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Dodds rejects Taoiseach’s move to reassure unionists on North’s status

If he does a deal after the election with Labour, Green Party leader Eamon  Ryan will hold the key to the next government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

With support in polls in the ascendent, Greens are on the cusp of a breakthrough

British prime minister Boris Johnson: With  hardline Brexiteers still undecided and  expelled Conservatives divided over how to vote, the outcome is expected to depend on a handful of votes. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Former PMs Tony Blair and John Major warn Irish Sea border could fuel unionist fears

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel and UK prime minister Boris Johnson during the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty

Boris Johnson boshed his way into the summit chamber, bowing theatrically

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar    said many of the Government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit would be stood down if the House of Commons votes to approve the new agreement. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar seeks to reassure DUP ahead of indicative vote in Commons on Brexit deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks while Donald Tusk, president of the EU listens during a news conference in Brussels, Thursday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Clamour in Fine Gael for early election will become deafening if deal passes

British prime minister Boris Johnson, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen and German chancellor Angela Merkel at the  European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

British PM scrambling for MPs’ support ahead of Westminster vote on Saturday

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and British prime minister Boris Johnson shake hands in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

New deal contains a number of provisions in relation to North in four key areas

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘I am very confident that when my colleagues in Parliament study this agreement that they will want to vote for it on Saturday and in succeeding days.’ Photograph:  Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

PM urges parliament to ‘come together and get this thing done’ despite DUP rejection

In all regions of the country outside Dublin, majorities oppose increases in the price of oil, gas and other fossil fuels to tackle climate change, the poll found. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

One in three ‘not that worried’ about climate change, Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll finds

Demonstrators at a major climate protest  in  Dublin in May. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Respondents split over willingness to pay more for fossil fuels to tackle problem

British prime minister Boris Johnson in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA/Bloomberg

Senior sources say the prospects of an accord are ‘looking more promising’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is riding high in the personal ratings. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael unable to pull away from the rest despite Taoiseach’s surge in personal rating

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Government’s approval ratings have risen significantly since the last Irish Times poll.

Public shows support for Taoiseach and Government’s stance on Brexit and economy

A November election would require Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to gamble his office, when he could look forward to sitting in it for another six months. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Deal would leave Varadkar facing his biggest political decision as Taoiseach

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says that he had a ‘constructive meeting’ with British Brexit envoy Stephen Barclay on Friday. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Most had predicted that talks on a deal would break down, but that’s all changed utterly

EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Barnier and UK counterpart agree to intensification the discussions

Brexit talks: British prime minister Boris Johnson in conversation with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: PA

No EU-UK agreement on new withdrawal pact without Republic’s assent, says Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson shake hands  outside Thornton Manor Hotel near Birkenhead on Thursday. Photograph: Noel Mullen/Government Press Office via Getty Images

Taoiseach holds ‘very positive and very promising’ meeting with Boris Johnson

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: there is little expectation in Brussels that a breakthrough is possible to enable EU leaders to approve a deal. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

Taoiseach’s talks with Johnson in Liverpool defined as focusing on Brexit deal ‘process’

It will be the second meeting between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  British prime Minister Boris Johnson  in the space of three weeks. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The private meeting is expected to take place in the Liverpool area

 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

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘I don’t play dirty, and I don’t think most EU leaders do either.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Language ‘from some quarters’ toxic, says Taoiseach, as Downing Street spins

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: faced challenges to present a prudent, green and Brexit-proofed budget. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Minister is claiming the mantle of fiscal prudence, but is it looking a little threadbare?

The Budget 2020 speech by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe on display across multiple televisions at Harvey Norman Airside Retail Park. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Expected tax cuts and welfare increases fail to materialise in standstill budget

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: does not respond well to being pressured through the media. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Donohoe holds tight rein on spending due to Brexit and his cautious instincts

Government Buildings: centre of activity on budget day

Day begins early with Paschal Donohoe briefing Cabinet about budget package

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe is to announce Budget 2020 on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rise in commercial stamp duty to help cover cost of more care hours, gardaí and allowances

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, speaking to media in advance of Budget 2020 at the Department of Finance, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Fossil fuel workers are going to be disproportionately affected,’ says Fine Gael TD

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: his budget must present a significant response to the threat of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Donohoe’s tasks are Brexit, fiscal prudence, climate, public services and competence

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaking to media outside Belfast City airport. She said the UK’s new Brexit proposals would ensure that Northern Ireland could not be “trapped at the whim of Dublin or the EU”. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

DUP leader reacts angrily to Dublin reaction to Boris Brexit plan

British prime minister Boris Johnson’s proposals will be the starting point for new negotiations, concede Irish sources. Photograph: PA

Irish-EU view is that an extension is the most likely outcome, followed by a UK election

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson attends the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Oli Scarff / AFP

Government and EU to engage with UK on backstop proposals

In his closing speech to the Conservative party conference in Manchester, Boris Johnson described his proposal as a compromise for both sides that respects the Belfast Agreement.

Government and EU to engage with UK on backstop proposals

There are hundreds of downsides to a crash-out Brexit. But Dublin has long been fixated on one in particular – Border checks. Photograph: Getty Images

Why would the Irish Government sign up for checks as part of a deal when it thinks checks are the worst thing about no deal?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said border checks on goods in Ireland was a deeply political issue. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Taoiseach speaks to British prime minister on phone after alternative proposal outlined

Boris Johnson will tell the Conservative party conference in his closing speech that ‘we will keep fighting to respect the biggest democratic vote in British history’. Photograph: Getty

British PM to tell EU that reworked withdrawal agreement Britain’s final offer

Boris Johnson has promised to manage the Border – if possible to the point of invisibility – rather than take away the need for it

Johnson’s Border position signals to his side it is charging towards Brexit, and it signals to Dublin it has to get over itself ab(...)

Brussels and Dublin: not bowled over by Britain’s proposals for ’customs clearance centres’. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Johnson government put forward plan for ‘customs clearance centres’ a few miles either side of Border

The Armagh border between Newry in Northern Ireland and Dundalk in the Republic. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Deal hopes fade as British proposls dismissed completely by the Republic and the EU

The bill is part of the Government’s response to Brexit, though it will not be in place for some months. Photograph: iStock

Proposed changes will free Enterprise Ireland to help companies affected by Brexit

Northern Ireland secretary of state Julian Smith. ‘To those who lobby me to change the law, I say the only way is for Northern Ireland’s political leaders to form a government,’ he said. File photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

‘Information campaign’ to inform public in North soon about the impending legal changes

Students take part in   the climate change strike   in Dublin on September 20th. Protests can show public support but climate activists also need to prepare for the political and legislative phase. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Protesters must shift focus on to the political and legislative phase of their campaign

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said: “We’re looking at a number of things, certainly around income taxes.” Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach says budget will have tax cuts ‘but they won’t be like the last three years’

The EU believes that Boris Johnson’s political authority has been severely damaged by Tuesday’s supreme court judgment. Photograph:   House of Commons/PA Wire

Despite UK claims, the EU doubts a deal is on. Here are the likely options facing both sides in the week ahead

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets British prime minister Boris Johnson during the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US. Photograph: Michael Nagle

Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar hold ‘constructive and productive’ meeting

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson is facing calls for his resignation. Photograph: AP

Analysis: Johnson faces humiliating return to parliament where he lacks a majority

Despite regular reports of optimism in London about a new Brexit deal, according to sources in Dublin and Brussels the prospects for any breakthrough remain remote. Photograph: Getty Images

British diplomats are briefing that the consequences of a no-deal Brexit for Ireland are so disastrous that compromise is likely

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: London’s objectives are miles away from the EU’s. Photograph: Frank Augstein

Imminence of Brexit about to force Government to reveal plan for Border checks

Warnings by a British minister that Ireland could face shortages of medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit have been dismissed. Photograph: PA Wire

Government sources taken aback by tone and content of Steve Barclay’s speech

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has issued a “dose of reality” about the prospects for a Brexit deal. Photograph: Collins

Britain submits ‘technical non-papers’ which reflect the ideas the UK

DUP leader Arlene Foster arrives to speak to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Leader tells Dublin event that party could accept post-Brexit arrangements specific to North with conditions

DUP leader Arlene Foster: party may accept a new Brexit deal which treats the North differently to the rest of the UK  subject to conditions. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Special arrangements leaving North within UK may be acceptable, says Arlene Foster

British prime minister Boris Johnson has been told by EU leaders proposals must achieve the same effect as the backstop contained in the withdrawal treaty. Photograph: Getty

Mood in Dublin is growing more pessimistic despite boisterous claims by the British PM

DUP leader Arlene Foster: ‘We do recognise the unique history and geography, but we also have to recognise that we are in the United Kingdom.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘What we want to see is a recognition that we are on an island... but also we are in the UK’

The Taoiseach reiterated the Government’s opposition to the introduction of direct rule after Brexit, which is widely expected. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

British PM expressed desire to attend next British-Irish Council meeting, says Varadkar

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “We await written proposals from the UK side. We simply haven’t seen any written proposals to date.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘We haven’t seen anything that works,’ says source, amid claims UK ideas insufficient

Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking to media at Government Buildings: ‘Of course there are conversations, as you would expect, exploring concepts, what might work, what won’t work.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste expresses frustration at lack of written proposals from British ministers

Sinn Féin’s  Gerry Adams. File image: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Analysis: Spectre of ‘President Gerry Adams’ dampens spirit for franchise referendum

 The Dáil gives the Opposition a platform to take on the Government that it lacked during the summer

Inside Politics: Ploughing Championships open as Central Bank warns a third of farms could struggle to survive under a no-deal

  Beef and sheep farms face ‘significant viability challenges’ as they rely heavily on subsidies from Brussels, according to a Central Bank analysis. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Warning comes as Northern Secretary holds talks aimed at restarting Stormont assembly

The proposal would only see emigrants and citizens abroad and in the North given the right to vote in presidential elections, rather than in all elections. Above, President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Tom Honan

Vote was to be held in November but likely to be squeezed out by Brexit and by-elections

Northern  Secretary Julian Smith has suggested a revived Stormont Assembly could have a role to play in any new Brexit deal that had specific Northern Ireland elements.  File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Julian Smith highlights the possible importance of revived Assembly during Dublin visit

  Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  The European Commission – with whom the Government is engaged in (very) private talks – must be insisting on a rather more muscular goods-checking regime than Dublin previously envisaged.

Budget and election are platforms not for promises or pledges but for vital credibility

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned that the Green Party (despite his intention to steal some of their policies) could be “the Trojan horse” that allows Fianna Fáil back into government. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Analysis: Taoiseach uses Fine Gael think-in to have a go at Fianna Fáil

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (R): ‘difficult not to be sceptical’ about the British government’s intentions. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Difficult not to be sceptical about British government’s intentions, Minister says

Sinn Féin leader Mary-Lou McDonald (right) with deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (left) at the party’s think-in. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

McDonald tells party think-in DUP ‘must not have veto on protecting Ireland’s basic rights’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: bleaker outlook on Brexit since Boris Johnson became UK prime minister. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fiscal watchdog warns of Brexit leaving a major hole in Government finances

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit  shows Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson speaking following the announcement of the result of a vote on his motion for an early parliamentary general election, a motion that did not carry, in the House of Commons in London on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: PRU/AFP/Getty

PM pledges in Dublin to strive for deal as British parliament wary of legal compliance

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks to the media ahead of his meeting with  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings on Monday. Photograph: Getty

British PM cites technology and trusted trader schemes, which have been rejected

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) and  British prime minister Boris Johnson at Government Buildings on Monday. Photograph: PA Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Leaders stress commitment to Good Friday Agreement in ‘positive and constructive’ meeting

European commissioner for agriculture and rural development  Phil Hogan  with Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw on September 3rd, 2019. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka

Role key to post-Brexit deals with UK likely to go to Hogan if he is nominated on Tuesday

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, inspects the newly installed infrastructure checkpoints at Dublin Port in anticipation of no-deal Brexit.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach says he is willing to see if there is common ground with UK prime minister

 Gerry Harrahill, Revenue Commissioner and Director of Customs showing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar newly built inspection facilities at Dublin Port in advance of Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach warns he does not expect any Brexit breakthroughs in Dublin meeting

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