Filming: volunteers take part in BeLonGTo’s advertisement in the Naul. Photograph: Alan Betson

Relaxing on a bench in the late afternoon sun, Marguerite Morgan brings the outcome of next month’s referendum on same-sex marriage as close as she ca(...)

Yes Equality comprises the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Marriage Equality and says it has local branches in most constituencies. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Campaigners for same-sex marriage plan to hold more than 40 events nationally where people can openly talk about why they are in favour – or against –(...)

Pearse Doherty has said the first action of Sinn Féin in government would be to scrap domestic water charges and abolish Irish Water.

Sinn Féin has reversed its previous policy of keeping Irish Water as a utility and now says it will abolish the semi-state as well as water charges.Th(...)

Teresa Heeney, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, said one year’s paid parental leave should be only one element of reform package

The introduction of a full year’s paid parental leave split between both parents could take as long as five years to fully implement, a childcare gr(...)

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny: Has repeatedly said the Government intends serving out its full term of office. The last possible date in the life of the 31st Dáil is March 8th, 2016. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has instructed his general election organisers that all Fine Gael candidates must be selected by October, a full six months befor(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly: has indicated he would like to restore the capitation grant to its previous level. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

The reversal of cuts to State funding to childcare and increasing the money provided by the exchequer above its previous levels is being considered a(...)

Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: property tax a ‘significant issue’. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Coalition proposals to ensure that property tax does not rise in line with the increase in house prices are unlikely to be finalised until later in (...)

Choosing to split the year – which could be divided however  parents wish – may also entitle parents to bonus weeks of leave to encourage each parent to spend as much time with their child during its first year

The introduction of a full year’s paid parental leave, split between both parents, is under consideration as part of a new childcare package from Mini(...)

President Micheal D Higgins accompanied by Captain Eoghan O’Sullivan inspecting the guard of honour drawn from the 7th Infantry Battalion Cathal Brugha Barracks during the 99th Anniversary of the Easter Rising at the GPO. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins led the Easter Rising commemorations in Dublin today, which culminated in four Air Corps planes flying over O’Connell Stre(...)

Refugees at an asylum centre near Portlaoise:  At present asylum seekers can go through four stages before a decision on their application is finalised. Photograph: The Irish Times

A new “fast track” system for asylum seekers in direct provision for more than five years, which would see their cases dealt with within six months(...)