Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly and Michelle Shannon, director of the  Department of Children and Youth Affairs, at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Planned legislation that would offer up to 50,000 adopted people a legal right to information about their birth parents for the first time has been de(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry and Pat Rabbitte TD at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday

Senator Marc MacSharry of Fianna Fail questioned former Labour leader Pat Rabbitte at the banking inquiry: Senator MacSharry: Were you a recipient o(...)

Pat Rabbitte: Landed several blows that winded the windy Senator Marc Mac Sharry. Photograph: The Irish Times 7:23

A strange turn of events. Senator Marc Mac Sharry insisting he knows nothing. Everyone else convinced that he does. An unexpected departure from th(...)

Enda Kenny speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, July 23rd, 2015

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Fianna Fáil-led governments caused the “lion’s share of the damage” to the Irish economy. (Live blog here) Mr Kenny appe(...)

Ministers Michael Noonan and Alex White prior to the final Cabinet meeting at Lissadell House, Sligo before the summer recess. Photograph: The Irish Times

As the Cabinet met in the serene setting of Lissadell House in Sligo on Wednesday for the last time before the summer recess, an oft-repeated quote ca(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: said that any PRSI anomalies arising from the recommendations in the Low Pay Commission report would be addressed in the forthcoming budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Unite trade union has urged the Government not to reduce employers’ PRSI to compensate for a planned increase in the national minimum wage. Unite(...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tanaiste Joan Burton and Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs at the launch of the Low Pay Commission earlier this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times 2:09

Trade union and migrant rights activists on the Low Pay Commission have disagreed with its overall recommendation that the national minimum wage shoul(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Sinn Féin’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Tánaiste and Labour party leader Joan Burton has acknowledged some tensions between her party and Fine Gael in Government but said they had not reduce(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton responded to comments comparing the Coalition to a “bad marriage” at MacGill Summer School. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has admitted there have been some tensions between her party and Fine Gael in Government but without impa(...)

The Registrar General’s annual report has revealed the number of civil marriages is on the rise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There has been a “significant shift” in the nature of the marriages registered in the State, with the number of people opting for religious ceremonies(...)