Minister for Health Leo Varadkar introduced emergency legislation.

Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson has called for a major debate on illegal drugs. He said a discussion was needed on the national drugs strategy, o(...)

In a statement at the conclusion of their spring meeting in Maynooth, Catholic Bishops said “over one million people smoke cigarettes on the island of Ireland” and the new law “is to be welcomed notwithstanding the pressure exerted by corporate lobbying or legal threats regarding this matter”. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Catholic bishops have welcomed the signing into law of plain packaging for tobacco products. In a statement at the conclusion of their spri(...)

A former Dublin ‘headshop’ in 2010. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government rushed emergency legislation through the Dáil last night banning the possession of certain drugs.The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2(...)

Insulting the President

The disturbing scenes outside a Dublin school last week, where supporters of the campaign against the introduction of water charges verbally insulted (...)

‘Speaking in Malawi recently, President Michael D Higgins said that the legacy of Irish missionaries “continues today through the inspirational work of their successors here in Malawi and across the globe”.’ Above, President Higgins and   his wife Sabina arriving at the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on the first day of his   official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

This year marks the end of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were visionary, with clear targets to improve lives threatened by dise(...)

  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan with EU High Representative for Foreign   and Security Policy and vice-president of the European Commission Federica Mogherini,  at Iveagh House this week ahead of the conference of ambassadors which she addressed.  – Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ireland’s foreign service is relatively small, with 80 representations, and comparatively thinly spread, with an average of one to two people in each (...)

President Michael D Higgins who is visiting Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa: “These are our  fellow children of the planet. We have to decide that we will allow the people to live and to survive at least . . . Feeding children on 80 cents a day and to be short of the 80 cents is a scandal to humanity.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

It might have been a scene from Yeats’s Among School Children, there in the Tierkidi refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella province on the borders with (...)

It seems so obvious now. We have, without knowing it, been crying out for a documentary on the myths, legends and everyday eccentricities of Glasne(...)

Ivana Bacik said she welcomed the “positive news’’ that Ireland had been invited to participate in the British Armistice day event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú said it would not be helpful to have a politically divisive debate on the centenary celebration of the 1916 Risin(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said a mandatory wage-setting body should set pay and working conditions in the waste industry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Domestic water meters are now being installed at a rate of one every 30 seconds, with more than 400,000 already in place, Minister for Environment Ala(...)