Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the housing supply should be “dramatically increased” to tackle the homelessness cr(...)

A homeless Irish man begging on Westmoreland Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

Deepening pessimism about ending long-term homelessness by 2016 is outlined in a high-level report to the Minister for Housing. Written on July 4th by(...)

Teachers held a lunchtime protest to highlight concerns about the proposed Junior Cycle outside Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock in March this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

At least 10 per cent of teachers of English have not completed training for the Junior Certificate reforms ahead of the rollout due to start in Septem(...)

Housing on the northside of Dublin. The capital’s local authorities plan to allocate 1,306 dwellings to homeless families between now and 2016. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin’s four local authorities may seek ministerial direction to change how housing is allocated, as part of efforts to address the homelessness cri(...)

New Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan with President Michael D Higgins yesterday. Education remains one of the toughest briefs given its scope and complexity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan will have a full agenda as Minister for Education and Skills. Changes to the junior cycle, school admissions policy, patronage of scho(...)

Ministers and other members of the Oireachtas outside the Department of the Taoiseach’s office yesterday after the announcement of the new Cabinet. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It was as well that there were some surprises when Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled the new Cabinet in the Dáil yesterday because the weeks of interminab(...)

The new line-up: Cabinet members at a ceremony in Aras an Uachtarain after Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton reshuffled the Government team. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Like Tom Crean’s epic passage across the frozen Antarctic, the small band of Labour and Fine Gael negotiators ended up on a tortuous and dramatic jour(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Merrion Street/Government Information Service.

TDs cheered and applauded loudly as the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys took her seat in the Dáil as the new G(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveils his new Cabinet in the Dáil this afternoon.

A Cheann Comhairle, I wish to inform the House that the President, acting on my advice, has accepted the resignations of Deputy Pat Rabbitte, Deput(...)

 Jan O’Sullivan:   nearly 2,000 units will be “returned to beneficial use”.

The majority of all long-term vacant council houses will be available for use within a year, Minister of State for Housing Jan O’Sullivan has said.Ann(...)