Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly announced the publication of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A new Bill setting out amendments to adoption law has been published by the Government which will give legal effect to the children’s referendum propo(...)

St Vincent’s University Hospital. St Vincent’s  is eight-10 times bigger than Holles Street, based on patient or staff numbers, so the potential for it to dwarf the maternity hospital is obvious. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Opinion is divided within the health service as to whether the row between the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s hospital is a simple turf (...)

Stonebreakers Yard at Kilmainham Gaol where 1916 Rising leaders were exectued. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Four leaders of the Easter Rising were remembered at Kilmainham Goal 100 years to the day after their execution. Joseph Mary Plunkett, a signatory t(...)

Fine Gael party members Frances Fitzgerald, Leo Varadkar, Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is favourite to be appointed tánaiste by Enda Kenny if a Fine Gael-led minority government is put in place. M(...)

   James Reilly: approached by some in Fine Gael about the possibility of filling a Seanad seat. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A number of former Fine Gael TDs and ministers are hoping to be appointed to the Seanad in the event of Enda Kenny being elected taoiseach. The new t(...)

Eilish Hardiman, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Jace O’Rourke (2-and-a-half-months-old) and John Pollock of the  National Paediatric Hospital Development Board  celebrate  the granting of permission for the new children’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

1993: A single tertiary paediatric hospital based in Dublin is proposed by the faculty of paediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. (...)

An Irish cancer charity said that while it recognised e-cigarettes were safer than tobacco, it could not recommend them for use as a smoking cessation device until further research was carried out. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Cancer Society has said it cannot recommend e-cigarettes to help people stop smoking until further research is carried out into the long-ter(...)

A bail supervision scheme aimed at keeping young people out of prison is to be piloted in Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images

A bail supervision scheme aimed at keeping young people out of prison will be piloted in Dublin, Minister for Children James Reilly has said. The sys(...)

Outgoing minster James Reilly says ‘it is improbable that a government will be formed without Fianna Fáil’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The outgoing Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly has warned that it will be difficult for the new government to last. “Tough budge(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at Custom House Quay, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If you listen carefully, you can hear an extraordinary admission: Fine Gael is owning up that its election manifesto was a scam. It’s not saying thi(...)