Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of Tusla (the Child and Family Agency), said the status of the unassessed files, or “referrals or pieces of information”, was unclear. “Not knowing is a failure and I regret that.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At least 1,200 child protection files may not have been assessed by social workers in the Laois-Offaly area, the Oireachtas Committee for Health and (...)

Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society of Ireland:  “We would hope that people will at least give consideration to what we say.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Marriage equality is an issue of fundamental human rights and there is no legal justification for denying equality to same-sex couples, the Law Soc(...)

The court heard that the man’s other children had also been taken into care due to allegations of abuse and neglect. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

The father of an infant taken into care last year by the Child and Family Agency yesterday threatened to take his child back during a hearing at th(...)

Mike Jennings, general secretary  of the Irish Federation of University Teachers: said the college was attempting to exploit students’ understandable anxiety in the pre-exam period in the most cynical way. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Federation of University Teachers has called on University College Cork to withdraw a letter to students at the Tyndall National Institute (...)

Jason Freyne, of no fixed abode, but originally from Limerick, appeared before a special sitting of Kilmallock District Court on Monday afternoon. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A national school teacher who was acquitted of sexually abusing three pupils and who has been reinstated in his post is entitled to have his defamati(...)

The village of Clonroche in Co Wexford. A man and a woman have been found dead in a house in the area of suspected drug overdoses.

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of the bodies of a man and woman at a house in Co Wexford who are thought to have died from drug overdoses.The (...)

Thomas Valliday, who had been an inmate at Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim, escaped while at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald. He was caught in Belfast on Monday evening.

A convicted murderer who escaped from custody in Northern Ireland last Friday has been caught by police.Thomas Valliday, who had been an inmate at Ma(...)

A motorcade made up of his friends and colleagues of Aidan Lynam from Down Syndrome Ireland escorts his coffin back to Dublin from Limerick. Photograph: Eric Luke

A motorcade of about 200 motorbikes has escorted the coffin of crash victim Aidan Lynam back to Lucan in Dublin following his death at the weekend.Mr (...)

The combined impact of ageing general practitioners and the emigration preferences of newly qualifying GPs threatens the future of general practice, (...)

A man in his early 40s was killed in a road crash outside Kilkee in Co Clare on Sunday morning.

A man has died while participating in an annual fundraiser in Clare for Down Syndrome Ireland. Aidan Lynam was killed after crashing his motorbike whi(...)