Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the leadership of both institutions have put forward an ambitious vision for a new type of institution. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The southeast could qualify for a Technological University within three years but only if “mutual trust” is rebuilt between merging institutions, a re(...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton at the launch of the Philomena Project in Dublin last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Philomena Lee, whose devotion to finding her adopted son inspired a Hollywood film, said she would welcome the Government’s proposed Adoption Bill pr(...)

Protesters demonstrate during a Reclaim Australia Rally at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia, on July 19th.  Photograph: EPA

After the anti-Islam rally in Melbourne on July 18th turned violent, with clashes between rival groups and arrests, the police in Sydney were taking n(...)

Dublin’s Liam Rushe. Dublin will target Waterford in the physical stakes. Rushe, Chris Crummy, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte are all big, powerful men. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Waterford were having a superb year, arriving into a Munster final on a high, until all of a sudden they were beaten twice in three days. They (...)

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Journalists’ text messages and call-details have been accessed from the mobile phone of a Garda officer who is under investigation on suspicion of lea(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

 The Supreme Court said no event occurred during the detention that changed the original reason for the detention. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

The Supreme Court has ruled a man was lawfully detained in a Garda station after his arrest for a drug search. In an application without prejudice to (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny   and Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at the Garda College in Templemore on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she was “open to reviewing” hate crime legislation after a number of attacks in the past week. Ms Fit(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at  graduation ceremony at the Garda College Templemore on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has defended her decision to assign her superintendent husband to a criminal investigation into contacts between (...)

Mental Health Commission’s report follows concerns over deaths and governance issues in the Carlow/Kilkenny and South Tipperary. Photograph: Getty Images

Proper assessments might have alerted staff to the risks facing up to 13 people who went on to die by apparent suicide, the State’s watchdog(...)