‘This Bill fails to provide for a central registry of who is responsible for the care and welfare of children of unmarried parents.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The Children and Family Relationships Bill is being examined at committee stage tomorrow. It is the most important piece of legislation affecting pare(...)

Sophie Magennis, UNHCR Ireland’s head of office, called for the length of time asylum seekers spend awaiting decisions on their asylum applications to be reduced, in order to limit the negative effects highlighted in the ‘Towards a New Beginning’ report. Photograph: Eric Luke

The length of time asylum seekers spend in State-funded accommodation is leading to dependency and disempowerment among some of those seeking protect(...)

AIB’s outgoing chief executive David Duffy – white smoke on successor? Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The  Irish Times

As the corporate results season gets into full swing, the spotlight this week will be on AIB with the lender due to publish its 2014 annual results on(...)

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell said the so-called ‘Brexit’ possibility transcended traditional divisions on the islands

Uncertainty over Britain’s future membership of the EU is undermining the political stability necessary for prosperity, the annual British-Irish chamb(...)

Lucinda Creighton has claimed that because Enda Kenny “wants the referendum to pass he will therefore muddy the waters and leave the surrogacy issue until a later date”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister of state Lucinda Creighton has accused the Taoiseach of being “very dishonest” about the issue of surrogacy and “hiding” it to ensure (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: the sight of him smirking and whispering to Frances Fitzgerald while the Opposition were asking serious questions deeply irritated them. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s rather dispassionate approach is driving the Opposition mad. Dr Leo often sounds like those GPs who, having listened to a patient’s com(...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald: she said the Bill would not change the situation of the vast majority of children or change the rights of most children in terms of parentag. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

Watershed legislation to reform and update family law, bringing it into line “with the realities of modern Irish life”, has been introduced in the Dá(...)

Minister for Jobs  and  Enterprise  Richard Bruton with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day  Enterprise International programme. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ministers travelling abroad for the annual programme of St Patrick’s week trade missions will have to report back to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the succ(...)

From left: Finola Flanagan, full-time commissioner of the Law Reform Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus, Justice Mary Laffoy and Senator Ivana Bacik at the recent Student Legal Convention in UCD. Photograph:  Orla Murray/Ark Photography

In a first for any legal profession in the world, women Irish solicitors now outnumber men practising in Ireland. Figures for the end of 2014 show the(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny: “Hands up, with his fists quickly opening and snapping shut, he looked like he was being bothered by fruit flies.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

But enough about Enda Kenny the god. Time to celebrate Enda Kenny the man. The Taoiseach was never going to live up to his advance billing on S(...)