There was a significant milestone passed by the Government this month. The numbers on the Live Register fell below 10% for the first time since January 2009. This was very positive news indeed for Government who insisted its target of full employment by 2018 was on track.

But there were still some outstanding economic issues raised repeatedly in the Dáil during the month.

One of the biggest was the number of homes facing the threat of repossession by the banks.

Over 118,000 family homes were in arrears and about 37,400 family homes were in arrears for more than two years, the Dáil heard.

Problems in the health service too were to the fore. The case of Beaumont Hospital was highlighted by the Opposition parties.

A letter written by a specialist registrar in emergency medicine there stated that the emergency department at Beaumont was the most dangerous unit in which he had worked.

Much to the anger of the Health Minister, there was also a row between the HSE and HIQA over the agency’s draft report into maternity services at Portlaoise Hospital.

The HSE contested elements of what HIQA wrote in the report and wanted a court hearing on the matter.

The visible anger felt by many around Irish Water did appear to abate somewhat this month, although Sinn Féin would promise at its Ard Fheis in Derry to abolish water charges and the property tax if elected to government.

It also seemed in March that any penalties for not paying the water charges would not be applied until after the next General Election.

After a fifth registration deadline was set there were reports the Department of the Environment was considering legislation that would ultimately allow for the deduction of the charges from wages and social protection payments.

The bid by the International Airlines Group for Aer Lingus was also exercising politicians’ minds in March.

The Government was unhappy with the first offer by IAG for the State’s 25.1% stake in the airline.

Talks about a sale continued though as the Minister for Transport sought commitments on the Heathrow slots, connectivity to the United States and operations at Shannon, Cork and Dublin Airports.

Another BBC Spotlight investigation heaped further pressure on Sinn Féin. Fianna Fáil and the Government parties again demanded answers from the party over its handling of sex abuse allegations.

Following the revelations Paudie McGahon made in the programme, the Dáil would hear that Sinn Féin had questions to answer about information it had in regard to people who were a risk to children.

This controversy may explain the four-point drop in support for the party in a RED C Sunday Business Post opinion poll. The tracking poll did show gains for Fine Gael and Labour. The smaller Government party even reached the significant 10% support mark.

Finally there were questions for the Taoiseach about the Fennelly Commission, namely was he recalled to give further evidence to the investigation judge?

Enda Kenny would only tell the Dáil that he complied fully with the commission and it would be an offence to say anymore.

The key point of interest for the Opposition was to unravel what exactly happened on the night prior to the resignation of Martin Callinan as garda commissioner.