Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme will support artists appearing at three festivals in  Edinburgh in the coming months.

Irish artists off to Edinburgh A star-studded line-up of Irish literature and theatre will feature at festivals in Edinburgh this month with the (...)

Community Awareness of Drugs (CAD) said decriminalisation would lead to a ‘litany of problems’. Photograph: Thinkstock

Measures such as expunging minor convictions for cannabis use should be considered before decriminalisation of the drug, a community drug-education g(...)

Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin will bring a paper on drug use to Cabinet in the autumn. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

There was “wide consensus” at a major meeting on the national drug misuse problem that drugs across the board should be decriminalised, Minister of St(...)

Costs arise mostly from accommodation and legal fees in direct provision system. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State has spent more than €700 million in the past five years on accommodation costs and legal fees for people seeking refugee or protection statu(...)

Siphathisiwe ‘Blessings’ Moyo, who took part in the ‘Exhibit B’ installation by South African artist Brett Bailey during the Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Siphathisiwe “Blessings” Moyo has missed her sleep over the past few weeks while volunteering with the Galway International Arts Festival. That’s litt(...)

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour Party TDs have expressed strong opposition to a suggestion by a Fine Gael strategist that both Coalition parties contest the election on a join(...)

The Coolmine Therapeutic Community report shows that almost seven in 10 women and half of the men in residential therapy cited their addiction to heroin

The oldest rehabilitation centre in Ireland saw a 31 per cent increase in demand for its drug addiction treatment in 2014. In its annual report for 2(...)

‘Politicians need to stop reminding us how important education is and start investing in it,’ says June Tinsley of Barnardos. Photograph: Thinkstock

Every year for the guts of a decade, a back-to-school piece has appeared on the Pricewatch page, and every year we have highlighted how our “free” (...)

Minister of State for Justice Aodhan Ó Riordáin said a register of lincensees was maintained on the PSRA website.  Photograph: Frank Miller

A number of unlicensed auctioneers are operating throughout the State, Fine Gael’s Senator Paul Coghlan has said. Mr Coghlan told the Seanad the matte(...)

 Roger Casement.

A symposium on Roger Casement in London and a three week festival in Washington DC are among the events which have been announced for the internationa(...)