A protest in Dublin last April by asylum seekers, refugees and supporters as part of a national day of action to end direct provision for asylum seekers. Photograph: David Sleator

Ireland has been criticised for not allowing asylum seekers to work and having one of the lowest rates of granting refugee status in the European Unio(...)

‘Thousands of children have their lives effectively on hold because of our under-resourced and under-staffed services,’ said June Tinsely of Barnados.

Thousands of children with developmental delays and behavioural problems are waiting more than a year to see specialists, according to figures from th(...)

Natasha Shaw and Kim Green from Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Chicken nuggets, hot dogs and burgers are what Kim Greene now feeds her four children after years of successive cuts to benefits have reduced what she(...)

Tom Boland of the HEA said surveys showed Ireland performed well in feedback from overseas students who attend third-level institutes. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There has been a “significant increase” in the number of overseas students attending Irish colleges over the past year after a fall-off in previous ye(...)

Ruairí Quinn: “None of like doing what we have to do none of us like the reduction in allocation for support for different kinds of support that are needed and looking for either increased money from people or reducing services that they are currently receiving.”

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has refused to rule out an increase in class sizes in next month’s budget saying “everything has to be looked at”.(...)

President Michael D Higgins has said in the the western world the security of employment is being stripped away  and ‘we are introducing far greater stresses of casualisation in both temporary work, in relation to part-time work, in relation to the structure and definition of work itself’.

People are under greater distress and are more at risk of suicide because of “new insecurities” in employment, President Michael D Higgins has said.Th(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly suggested appointing a judge who could mediate between the women who had symphysiotomies and the hospitals. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Demands by women who had symphysiotomies have met “a brick wall wrapped in cotton wool” during a meeting with Minister for Health James Reilly, a g(...)

Ruairí Quinn: “I have asked the national parents council to look at ways in which they can, with the schools, move towards generic uniforms”

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said he is considering new ways to give parents more power to control the costs of education including “a Paren(...)

The body representing childcare providers has said it is “outrageous” for personal information on staff to be posted online as part of the publication(...)

 Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show. The Minister said the Gathering was succeeding in attracting tourists. Photograph: The Irish Times

The number of people visiting Ireland in the first half of the year increased by 5.4 per cent per cent with tourists from north America up by over 15 (...)