Polling stations are set to close after the referendums and byelection in Ireland on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:11

Turnout for the same sex-marriage referendum and the referendum to reduce the age eligibility for presidential candidates was higher in urban areas on(...)

 Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection  Kevin Humphreys. Mr Humphreys said he was ‘quite concerned’ over an advertisment by the Irish Postmasters Union that included a request for personal public service (PPS) numbers.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) has been warned by the Department of Social Protection that it may have broken social welfare legislation.The union (...)

Roller derby: the sport is relatively new in Ireland but is growing in popularity. Photograph: Dave Meehan

State-funded sports facilities in Inchicore and Crumlin are at risk of closure, following a recommendation by Government agency Pobal against continui(...)

Kevin Humphreys: said more than 60 per cent of social welfare recipients already received their payments directly into their accounts. Photograph: Davd Sleator.

The Department of Social Protection will not be issuing “any further letters at this stage” about pension payment arrangements, Minister of State Kev(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald said it seemed Labour was about to become Irish Water’s debt collector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described Tánaiste Joan Burton as a “wimp’’ after claiming she failed to say if she supported the deduction(...)

Willie O’Dea:  people’s rights would “depend on the individual whim of their family doctor” when gender recognition should be “a matter of self-determination by the individual concerned”

The Gender Recognition Bill has been described as “a form of Irish solution to an Irish problem”, with the State adopting a “paternalistic approach”.(...)

Sinn Féin TD  Jonathan O’Brien: Told the Dáil there had been a recent spike in muggings and robberies in Cork, which gardaí said was in part due to drugs. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nineteen Government departments and agencies have a role in the national drugs strategy but there is no minister of state with specific responsibility(...)

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys: The 29 staff operated in two  buildings in Ballybay, which were in “poor condition”

A Department of Social Protection office will be transferred from Ballybay to Monaghan town because of the expansion of the public service cards proc(...)

Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy:  ‘JobBridge is a form of slavery. Unscrupulous employers are taking advantage of this scheme’

Ireland has more workers in low-paid employment per capita than any other EU country, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy, who made the (...)

Anne Ferris TD speaking to media on the plinth of Leinster House after the vote last night. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins 2:32

Tánaiste Joan Burton told Labour TDs and Senators there could be no further abortion measures introduced during the lifetime of this Government becaus(...)