Good outcome: Sinead Mulhall reading with Marie Byrne, (right) to children as part of Chatter Matters at the Larkin Childcare Facility, Ballybough Preschool, Ballybough, Dublin. May 2014. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill.

The Government is considering how it might best invest in childcare provision in 2016 and beyond and a call for significant increased investment is be(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said Ireland ranked third in expenditure on the social areas, with only Denmark and Finland spending more.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has signalled the General Election will be next spring. Answering questions in the Dail on T(...)

A demonstrator wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit at the protest in Lahti. Between 30 and 40 people waved the Finnish flag, threw stones and fireworks and shouted abuse at a bus carrying about 40 asylum seekers. Photograph: Markus Luukkonen/Lehtikuva/Reuters

Demonstrators threw stones and launched fireworks at a bus full of asylum seekers arriving at a reception centre in Lahti in southern Finland, late on(...)

Migrants wait   at the train station of the Croatian town Tovarnik. Photograph: Stringerstr/AFP/Getty Images 1:23

The European Union is braced for a backlash from a group of central and eastern European countries over its decision to back a relocation scheme for r(...)

Kati Hiekkapelto: When I wrote my books I had a short message in my phone that popped up every time I turned it on. It read: ‘You can do it!’ Now I can proudly think: Yes, I did!

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Papillon. I was about 12 when I read it. A good story about inhuman prison conditions and(...)

Suitcases signifying the Irish women who travel abroad to access abortion services, outside the Department of the Taoiseach. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost 1,500 women travelled from Ireland to the Netherlands over a seven year-period to have abortions. The figures, gathered from the 17 abortion cl(...)

Macedonia announced it was considering building a Hungarian-style border fence to stem a rising influx of migrants from the south. Photograph: Robert Atanasavoski/AFP/Getty Images

Austrian rail company OeBB said on Thursday that train services between Austria and Hungary will be suspended at least for the rest of Thursday becaus(...)

Refugees cheer as they cross the border arriving from Hungary to Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her country will not stop anyone from seeking asylum, as thousands of migrants desperate to leave Hungary make their(...)

Kieran Drain (right), chief executive of the Tyndall National Institute, with Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, at the launch of the Tyndall 2014 annual report. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Organisations involved in commercialising R&D argue that strong national R&D programmes that bring together third-level researchers and ind(...)

Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Conor Doyle, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Secretary General at the Department of Defence Maurice Quinn at the launch of the new White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney.

Many years ago during a defence debate in another jurisdiction, an opposition member with a military background was trying to make a point. He argued (...)