The number of work permits issued to workers from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland increased in 2014, having been in decline for ove(...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy, who has been appointed chairperson of the  Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. The commission’s work is officially underway following the formal appointment of  three commissioners. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The work of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is now officially underway following the formal appointment of the three indivi(...)

The figures tell us that Ireland is taking steps to protect its most vulnerable – before State interventions, such as pensions and social welfare payments are factored in, more than half of Ireland’s population are deemed at-risk of poverty.Photograph: Thinkstock

It probably does not come as a surprise to those with very little in their wallets or purses that Ireland continues to rank among the most expensive c(...)

A graphic taken from the Measuring Ireland’s Progress 2013 report by the CSO.

Ireland remains one of the most expensive countries of Europe, ranking as the fifth most expensive state in the EU in 2013. Only Denmark, Sweden, Finl(...)

Chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland Denise Charlton said direct provision was not an appreciated place for trafficking victims. Photograph: The Irish Times

The practice of placing victims of trafficking in “unsuitable” direct provision accommodation should be discontinued, a project examining legal interv(...)

Clodagh McDonagh from Macroom, Co Cork: Winner in the eight- to 10-year-old category, at the presentation to prizewinners in The Credit Union Art Competition, at Croke park, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There is something quite humbling about standing before the works of the finalists of this year’s All-Ireland Credit Union Art Competition. Marty Whel(...)

Some 200 people attended a protest outside Dail Eireann on Saturday, organised by the human rights group LGBT NOISE, demanding amendments to the proposed Gender Recognition Bill 2014, which is currently being debated in the Houses of the Oireachtas. Pictured are Daniel Waugh and Annie Hoey. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Around 200 people attended a rally outside Leinster House today to highlight what they say are significant flaws in the proposed Gender Recognition Bi(...)

Recruiter for Reboot Ireland Eddie Hobbs has said that the group is on course to have 60 candidates available for the next general election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The as-yet-nameless political party known as Reboot Ireland is on target to have 60 available candidates for the next general election, its recruiter (...)

In recent months, centenarians interviewed by this newspaper have variously attributed their longevity to “hard work, staying positive and the pint of(...)

January was the worst month for emergency department overcrowding since the Government came to power, and the second-worst month ever, according to an(...)