In 2008 the Abbey received €10 million; next year it will receive just €5.8 million. But the Abbey, delivered from debt in 2005 by a government bailout, has remained financially stable

Earlier this week, when the board of the Abbey Theatre officially began to recruit for a new director, it was hard not to think back to the last chan(...)

Minister of State for New Communities Aodhán Ó Riordáin said the working group report on the asylum-seeker system would be published within weeks after Easter. Photograph: The Irish Times

An independent report on making improvements to supports for asylum seekers, including the direct provision system, will be published “within weeks”. (...)

Chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council Sue Conlon (second right) introduces  President Michael D Higgins to  Vera Akpotor and Abreza Mehrabi at the official opening of the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre  in Dublin in 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice has described the resignation of Irish Refugee Council from the Government working group on direct provision as “regrettable(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Former Justice Bryan McMahon, presiding officer at citizenship ceremonies, will chair a new  working group on direct provision for asylum seekers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The Government has appointed a former High Court judge to chair its working group on direct provision for asylum seekers.Former Justice Bryan McMahon,(...)

Meath’s Michael Newman rounds goalkeeper Pat Coady of Carlow to score his side’s sixth goal in the Leinster quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 7-13 Carlow 0-6Not so long ago Anthony Rainbow discovered that Brendan Murphy, by some distance Carlow’s best footballer, so good he was recruit(...)

Carlow’s Darragh Foley claims the high ball ahead of and meath’s Shane O’Rourke during the Leinster SFC quarter-final clash  at  Dr Cullen Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Carlow 0-6 Meath 7-13 A horror show for Carlow on their own patch. So low were confidence levels by the finish that a streaker was allowed run the len(...)

Dublin’s Cormac Costello lined out for the senior team against Mayo on Saturday at Croke Park. photograph: Inpho

After all of the squabbling over the venue for the final, Dublin and Meath make their way to Portlaoise for this (...)

Lissadell House: A local action group had no success in persuading the State to buy the house. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lissadell had been the home of the Gore-Booth family from the 16th century. It is on the coast overlooking the sea between Sligo town and Raghley Head(...)