Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry spent most of his parliamentary leaders’ allowance in the second half of 2014 on PR and consultancy fees,(...)

Under the current civil debt legislation, utility companies including Irish Water as well as sole traders can apply to the courts to recover payment of debts ranging from €500 to €4,000.

Legislation to allow for the court-ordered attachment of earnings or social welfare payments of “won’t pay” debtors now goes to the President for sign(...)

At present a constitutional right to privacy exists on the part of birth parents. Photograph: Getty Images

As many as 50,000 adopted people will have the right to their birth certificate for the first time under new legislation being drawn up by the Governm(...)

Jillian van Turnhout, Alliance chief executive, and Dr Nóirín Hayes, chairperson of the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People are still being imprisoned for non-payment of fines because legislation first passed five years ago to allow payment by instalment has not yet(...)

 Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of Tusla. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A shortage of social workers at Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is delaying about 5,000 cases, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Childr(...)

Independent senator Jillian van Turnhout has called for an investigation into the Health Service Executive’s handling of a case involving a teenage gi(...)

The Taoiseach suggested that some reforms in relation to the functions of the Seanad be proceeded with, as recommended by a working group chaired by former senator Maurice Manning. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Any reform of the Seanad looks increasingly unlikely during this Government’s term, Opposition representatives have said following a meeting with Taoi(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “I am aware that there are concerns being expressed by a number of groups with regard to the position of young persons and children.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Children James Reilly has disagreed with Tánaiste Joan Burton on the recently published Gender Recognition Bill as it relates to children(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Róisín Shortall said they had received queries from prospective members of the party, which will style itself as centre-left. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Four Independent parliamentarians involved in forming a new party have accelerated their work in the wake of their plans being made public. TDs Ca(...)