A new €74 million fund will pay dental bills for abuse victims who lost teeth in industrial schools.
The government's financial mini-cabinet met more times in the run up to last year's budget than the actual cabinet itself.
Fine Gael and Labour are still at loggerheads about collective bargaining despite a pledge by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore to deliver the legislation by Easter.
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter got a senior official to dismiss a garda whistleblower's allegations of improper cancellation of penalty points.
Librarians have insisted that a new pilot project for ''staffless libraries will not put their profession under threat.
Thirty years ago, Michael Noonan was the Justice Minister and Alan Shatter and Enda Kenny were on the backbenches when they were at the centre of another controversy about alleged Garda bugging.