More than €190 million in fraudulent social welfare overpayments have been recouped in the last four years, new figures provided by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton in response to a parliamentary question show. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

More than €190 million in fraudulent social welfare overpayments have been recouped in the last four years, new figures show. Figures released by Mini(...)

Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon: said she had a “severe doubt and concern” about psychiatric services at the secure care facility in the west of Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A High Court judge has said she will not send any more children to a secure care facility in the west of Ireland until her concerns about psychiatr(...)

 Chief State Solicitor Eileen Creedon has said she will be seeking additional funding to cover extra expenditure on fees to barristers in 2015. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

The Chief State Solicitor’s Office will need additional funding of €2.5 million this year for barristers’ fees, partly due to activity in the Court o(...)

Ruth Barrington, on behalf of Treoir, said birth mothers “sought and were guaranteed privacy”. “Their situation needs to be handled with the greatest sensitivity and balance,” she said. File photograph: iStockphoto

The right of a birth mother to privacy should not be allowed to prevent adopted children from getting access to their birth records, an Oireachtas com(...)

Padraic Grennan of probate genealogist firm Finders International: ‘We have to be able to prove who is entitled and who is not.’   Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Filming for the 10th series of BBC show Heir Hunters is to take place in Ireland this autumn and will feature searches for the beneficiaries of deceas(...)

Michael D Higgins told an audience at the University of California, Berkeley, that an interdisciplinary study of Irish culture was key to international relations. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times/ File photograph

President Michael D Higgins has announced a $40,000 (€36,000) grant for University of California, Berkeley, to help set up an Irish studies programme.(...)

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, now 74 years old, is more than half way through his seven-year term, which began in November 2011. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has not ruled out running for a second term in office. Speaking in San Francisco, California on Sunday, the President said(...)

President  Michael D Higgins has voiced his support for the undocumented Irish in the US. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The undocumented Irish will never be left aside, President Michael D Higgins has said. Speaking at a reception in San Francisco, California, on Sunday(...)

 President Michael D Higgins is seen  at the University of Washington where he delivered a keynote address, entitled, ‘Taking Responsibility for Climate Change: The Challenge to Science and Technology in new Circumstances’. Photograph:  Fennells

The “stealth power” of corporations is not open and accountable in the same way as political power, President Michael D Higgins has said. Criticising (...)

President Michael D  Higgins  meets students from Skyline High School  in Sammamish, Washington,  to  watch a game of Gaelic football, which is taught in Skyline’s physical education programme.   Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP

Plans by the United Nations to set up a mechanism to facilitate access to new technology for poorer countries are “inadequate”, President Michael D (...)