Sean Moncrieff discussed the dangers of Christmas at home. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is, unfortunately, a familiar story. Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) hears of a benign religious tradition whose meaning and message have be(...)

   President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi definitely doesn’t want to make a date with the now-running banking inquiry. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

And still they talked about water. It’s been tough going. In a lazy Leinster House afternoon, a lovely little exchange took place between Labour’s Eri(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has ruled out providing employment rights for asylum seekers or an amnesty for those in the system. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Asylum-seeking families should be moved out of the direct provision system and allowed to access self-catering accommodation as soon as possible, the (...)

 Aodhan Ó Ríordáin said: “I  would have fears as to the ability of broadcasters to be able to allow people to have their opinions and to speak them quite openly and honestly.”

Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said the BAI’s decision in two recent cases, in which it ruled against t(...)

Sen John Crown: “Sometimes we do not appreciate enough what a privilege it is to live in a democracy where people still have these freedoms.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Seanad Private Members’ Bill limiting the damages public bodies can be awarded in defamation cases has been accepted in principle by the Government.(...)

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said that a working group was examining a number of options which could improve conditions for asylum seekers. Photograph: Frank Miller /

Protesters are to mark Universal Children’s Day by a demonstration calling for the end of direct provision , which they say is inappropriate for the 1(...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin: it is “no longer tenable for this State to deny Traveller ethnicity.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Traveller ethnicity will be “a reality” in six months, the Minister of State for Equality has said. Aodhán Ó Riordáin, speaking at an event in Dublin (...)

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has warned of a “sustained and deliberate” campaign of targeting public representatives and their staff over the I(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The eve of the crucial Cabinet meeting today to approve a simpler and less expensive water charge system was dominated by sharp disputes about tactics(...)

 Gordon Jeyes (left), chief executive of Tusla - the Child and Family Agency with Suzanne O’Brien, who spoke of her experience of foster care, and Aodhan O’Riordain (right), Minister for State for New Communities, in Ballymun. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

About a third of the 90 children put forward for fostering in North city Dublin in the year to date had to be housed outside the area it emerged as T(...)