Philomena Lee says Senator Averil Power’s  Bill would other women who were separated from their sons and daughters by adoption. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government will not oppose a new adoption Bill which seeks to give adoptees a right to their birth certificates, listing their original names and(...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton photographed in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Philomena Lee, whose search for her son brought world-wide attention and an Oscar-nominated film, has thrown her support behind a new bill which provi(...)

(From left) Senator Jillian van Turnhout, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames and Senator Averil Power during a press briefing where they called on the Government to support their Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Up to 50,000 adopted people would have the right to their birth cert for the first time under proposed new legislation.The Bill was produced by Senat(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout said awareness was being raised about mental health services but when people went to use them, they were often not available.

Almost 1,000 fewer staff are providing mental health services compared to the start of the recession in 2008, despite Government announcements about i(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: thanked hotels and venues   on both sides of the Border that had  refused to host the so-called toddlers and tiaras beauty pageants. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The next drugs rehabilitation centre or shelter for the homeless should be established on Dublin’s Ailesbury Road, the Seanad has heard.Independent (...)

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout has welcomed the decision of US beauty pageant organisers to cancel their contest in Belfast planned for this coming Saturday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout has welcomed the decision of US beauty pageant organisers to cancel their contest in Belfast planned for this(...)

 Gordon Jeyes: “It’s about getting people to face up to the consequences . .  . If I get a standstill budget, I will have to make reductions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Social services will be reduced to a “basic child protection service” next year unless significant additional money is made available, the head of th(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “There certainly is a need for more to be done in this area.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Children James Reilly has said we must learn from the four reports published earlier this week into the deaths of young people who were (...)

Professor John Crown said the primary loyalty of any health care provider should be to their patient, not to the system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad yesterday on the Bill providing for free GP care for children under six years.Independent(...)

James Reilly: ‘With us being the first country in Europe to do this, smuggling would be extremely difficult because they are different from everything else that is available in Europe.’ Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Smuggling cigarettes would be extremely difficult in Ireland once plain packaging was introduced because they would look very different from everythi(...)