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

The establishment of a new inspection regime for conditions in direct provision centres is “urgently required”, according to Minister of State for Equ(...)

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton greet Michael Ring  as he joins fellow ministers of State on the steps of Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

“Mickeys missing!” shouted Enda, trying to be helpful.We scanned the ranks of the newly promoted Ministers of State arrayed on the steps in front of G(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin hinted this morning he would bid for the vacant Labour Party leadership. Eamon Gilmore annou(...)

 Round table talks at the Dáil na nÓg  ‘Let’s Talk About Mental Health’ National Youth Parliament  in Croke Park last year. Photograph: Chris Bellew
How this project was compiled

This extensive investigation into Relationships and Sexuality Education in Irish schools was made possible by the support of the Mary Raftery Journali(...)

 Labour deputy  Aodhan O Riordain who told the MacGill Summer School that the Republic envisioned by the signatories was based on equality, equal franchise, respect for minorities, religious and civil liberty.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Backbench TDs have told the MacGill summer school of the need for thorough reform of both national and local government and a redrawing of Dáil practi(...)

At the launch of Show Racism the Red Card at Croke Park today were Padraic Duffy GAA director general with Greta Perevalovaite and Rafael Mamba of Blakestown Community School and Eoin Mc Cafferty of Show Racism the Red Card organisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There was “no place” in the GAA for players or officials who engaged in racist activity, the organisation's director general Páraic Duffy said (...)