Anti-water charges protesters take part in a demonstration organised by the Cork Says No group through the centre of Cork city.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Several thousand people braved driving sleet and rain in Cork to march against the proposed water charges due for introduction later this year.Gardaí (...)

The former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness: believes there should be an amnesty for people who have been living long term in direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

  Ireland needs to “learn lessons” from the situation of isolated communities living in France, retired Supreme Court judge Catherine McGu(...)

Oliver Callan: the comedian will entertain members of Dublin Chamber at the Four Seasons Hotel. Photograph: Collins

Watch out for a productivity dip this week among the business community as diaries are blocked out for Christmas power-lunches that kick off at 12.30p(...)

Protests took place in Bandon, Clonakily, Fermoy, Mallow and Youghal today in Co Cork.

Up to 20,000 people braved driving wind and rain to take to the streets of Cork as part of the national campaign against water charges organised by th(...)

A lot of tweens appear older than their age now – ‘they dress like older children and are all dolled up’ – and as a result there is a tendency for adults to overestimate their maturity. Photograph: Thinkstock

A new partnership between the world’s largest dedicated toy retailer and a popular jewellery and accessories chain is a telling reflection of the chan(...)

Clare Perry, left, and Layla Moroney with their families, Hannah and Eliot Perry (in red tops) with Kai and Christian Moroney (in check shirts): ‘There is a lot of help out there for parents running into problems, says Perry, if only they knew about them.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Providing a space for parents and carers of tweens to teens” is the tag line for a community-based support group, Let’s Talk, in south Co Dublin.In a(...)

Emily O’Reilly pictured in her office during her last week as Ombudsman last year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The fact that biology has “manacled” them to the lives of their children needs to be acknowledged if mothers are to find “psychological peace” in t(...)

Song and dance man: Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in Mad Men

Mad Men (Sky Atlantic, Wednesday) has split its seventh, final season in two, so this week’s satisfyingly complete, unexpectedly sentimental and poign(...)

Irish Water contractors removing water meters from the Ashbrook Estate in Togher, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Residents of a Cork housing estate have welcomed the removal by Irish Water of a small number of water meters and have hailed the move as “a small vic(...)

Stephen Egan: The report into the death of Gary Douch reveals a prison service so keen to transfer the troublesome, violent and mentally ill Egan that no one group of staff or facility ever took ownership of his care. In one 2½-year period, he was transferred 17 times.  Photograph:  Collins/Court

The Irish Prison Service and the Central Mental Hospital were to blame for serious errors leading up to the killing in Mountjoy Prison of Gary Douch, (...)