Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has vowed to pass law before summer recess. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is to publish a comprehensive employment strategy for people with a disability within weeks. The Cabinet subcommittee on social policy (...)

A dog waiting outside a polling station on Friday while his owner casts his vote. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The strong Yes vote returned by many working class areas, particularly in Dublin and Limerick, showed such communities were embracing social change fa(...)

Eamonn Maloney (Labour): introduced  Private Member’s legislation allowing for the sale of criminal assets in two years rather than the current seven years.

Money obtained by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) should be used to fund Garda resources in investigating major crime, Labour TD Eamonn Maloney told (...)

Padraig Mac Lochlainn: with one in five residents in direct provision for seven or more years, that ‘is more than sufficient to justify the statement that the system is not fit for purpose’

The direct provision system for asylum seekers is not fit for purpose and needs to be replaced, an Oireachtas committee has concluded. A report from (...)

TÁ Comhionannas, the Irish Language group supporting Yes Equality, today launched its campaign for a YES vote in the upcoming Marrriage Equality Referundum. Pat Carey is pictured at the launch. Photograph:  Iain White

TÁ Comhionannas the Irish language group seeking a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on same sex marriage officially launched its campaign in Dub(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to examine the possible decriminalisation of cannabis in his new role as Minister of State with Responsibility for the Drug Strategy. Photograph: David Sleator

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to examine the possible decriminalisation of cannabis in his new role as Minister of State with Responsibility for the Drug Strat(...)

 Aodhán  Ó’Ríordáin, a Dublin Bay North deputy, is already a junior Minister at the Department of Justice and at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour TD and junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to be made Minister of State with responsibility for drugs, in addition to his existing roles.There(...)

 Labour junior minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “The first World War doesn’t seem to have achieved anything at all.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

On the wall of his office in Leinster House, Labour junior minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has a yellowed and torn copy of the Weekly Irish Times from 191(...)

A small step on asylum

If official reports and political commitments had been acted upon, thousands of asylum seekers would be in a better place. As things stand, they are d(...)

Teachers voting at the ASTI conference in Killarney this week. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Teachers at the final day of the ASTI conference in Killarney have called for a change to how women with pregnancy-related sick leave are treated.Sin(...)