Former minister for health James Reilly commissioned the report over a year ago. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A highly critical report into a midlands hospital where five babies died in controversial circumstances has provoked a furious row between the Heal(...)

 Paddy Power chief executive Andy McCue has moved to acquire the independent bookmakers owned by publican James Reilly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The relentless squeeze of smaller, independent bookmakers by the bigger players in the market still has a few furlongs to run yet.Paddy Power, which o(...)

The corporate element of Arthur Cox’s work for child and family agency Tusla is worth €800,000 a year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The legal firm Arthur Cox has received more than €16 million from Government departments and State bodies since 2011, according to newly released figu(...)

 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(...)

President Michael D Higgins signed legislation enforcing plain packaging for cigarettes yesterday (TUE), making Ireland just the second country to do (...)

The Government is under pressure to introduce a ban on smacking children following a finding by the Council of Europe that “reasonable chastisement” is a violation of young people’s rights.

The Government is under pressure to introduce a ban on smacking children following a finding by the Council of Europe that “reasonable chastisement” i(...)

At the launch in Dublin of the Yes Equality campaign urging a Yes  vote in the marriage equality referendum were (from left), Joe Hayes,  Anne McGlynn,   Ian McGlynn, Joe Hayes  and John McGlynn. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:26

Yes Equality, a civil society group campaigning for the marriage equality referendum, was launched at a rally in Dublin on Monday.Spokeswoman Grainne (...)

  Pat Carey of Fianna Fáil: he will be among those attending the launch of a campaign for a Yes vote in the same sex-marriage referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, who recently spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time, will be among those attending the launch t(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly said: “Let’s not pretend that we can solve all the problems at one fell swoop.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Children James Reilly has said he is a “really strong supporter” of paid paternity leave and looked forward to a time when mothers and fa(...)

Leo Varadkar: Was unconvinced that sponsorship of sporting events increased overall consumption. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister for tourism and sport Leo Varadkar argued there was “no evidence” that a ban on sports sponsorship by drinks companies would help tack(...)