Minister for Children, James Reilly. Photograph: Eric Luke

As reported on Friday, Minister for Children James Reilly (pictured) is looking at whether he can prevent any firm that has a contract with a tobacco (...)

 John Wilson: said prohibition never worked. File Photograph: Courts Collins

Garda whistleblower John Wilson has called for a “rational, mature” debate on legalising cannabis in Ireland, given its widespread use.“If the psychoa(...)

Dr James Reilly: “If a bully tries to intimidate you with actions, you should stand firm and be true to what you believe to be right.”

Ireland is on the verge of being the first EU country to pass a law paving the way for the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes, Minister fo(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “Our children are too important. We must be certain that our investment in this area is as effective as possible, giving the best outcomes to children, young people and their parents.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Significant changes in the funding of childcare are expected to emerge from a high-level group established by Minister for Children James Reilly whic(...)

Pat Kenny: can lack spark. Photograph: Frank Miller

Tuning into The Pat Kenny Show (Newstalk, weekdays) last week, one could be forgiven for worrying if some awful fate was about to befall the host. Aft(...)

Arthur Cox’s involvement in one and a half – or possibly even two – sides of the plain-tobacco-packaging issue has allowed James Reilly to look decisive and tough. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is a singular achievement these days to make Minister for Children James Reilly look good, but Arthur Cox has managed it. The law firm’s involvemen(...)

Plans introduced by former minister for health Dr  James Reilly to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products are to go ahead despite a legal threat from the tobacco industry. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Government is to press ahead with plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.The Government has ignored a threat from one of the worl(...)

Tom Fleming (Independent):    The technical group’s representative in the Dáil said  many staff in the sector were on low wages and had temporary contracts. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

An interdepartmental group examining childcare services will report to the Government in six months, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Nat(...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy, who has been appointed chairperson of the  Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. The commission’s work is officially underway following the formal appointment of  three commissioners. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The work of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is now officially underway following the formal appointment of the three indivi(...)

Senators criticised Ibec and the US Chamber of Commerce for joining a major cigarette company in opposing the introduction of plain packaging for ciga(...)