Maureen O’Sullivan: “I didn’t realise there was anything happening but as soon as I arrived [at the Dáil], I realised they had just had a meeting.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thirteen Independent men, good, strong and true, held a very important meeting on Thursday. And then they told the two women about it. It was all, (...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: Minister should also follow the example of the HSE which last year introduced a policy ceasing all links with the drinks industry. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Road Safety Authority should end its relationship with the drinks industry because it is “absurd” to be linked with the alcohol sector on such an (...)

The Government has announced that drivers who smoke in cars in the company of children will face prosecutions and fines of €100 from New Year’s Day. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has announced that drivers who smoke in cars in the company of children will face prosecutions and fines of €100 from New Year’s Day. (...)

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout called for the weekly direct provision payment for children to be increased. File photograph: Dara Mac Domhnaill

Ireland could face sanctions when it appears before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in January over its failure to increase the weekly pay(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: “Who would entertain the idea of an education programme about the dangers of smoking being designed and delivered by an organisation that is funded by tobacco companies?” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People who buy alcohol in off-licences and drink it within safe levels will pay just 30 cents more a week under legislation to impose a minimum price(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly who will announce details of the commencement of the measure today with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

Drivers who smoke in cars in the company of children will face prosecution from January 1st. Minister for Children James Reilly and Minister for Healt(...)

Housing in Mosney for asylum seekers. File photograph: Frank Miller

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout has warned colleagues against attempting to stop legislation that aims to streamline the application process (...)

 A wing of St Patrick’s Institution in Dublin. The detention centre is to shut its doors 30 years after its closure was first recommend. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Thirty years after its closure was recommended “the finishing school for bullying and developing criminal skills” is to finally shut its doors once le(...)

Dr Cyril Daly:  wrote an open letter to the then archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, describing Catholic education as “offensive” to Christ’s teaching and “corrupt . . . in its infliction of violence”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Dublin doctor Cyril Daly died in August at the age of 82. He was buried in St Fintan’s Cemetery in Sutton, but his true memorial occurred this week in(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The cover of the Budget 2016 document unveiled by the Government is illustrated with a silhouetted woman in office garb, carrying a baby in one arm an(...)