Lydia Foy’s long legal battle began when she was refused a female birth certificate in 1993.

Transgender rights activist Lydia Foy has finally received an Irish birth certificate after a 22-year legal battle for recognition in Ireland of her f(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys won a car worth €18,000 in a raffle held by the St Vincent de Paul last week but has returned it to the charity.

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys has returned a new car worth €18,000 which he won in a St Vincent de Paul raf(...)

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour Party TDs have expressed strong opposition to a suggestion by a Fine Gael strategist that both Coalition parties contest the election on a join(...)

Analysis of election spending for the last general election and subsequent byelections shows successful TDs spent an average of €18,746 campaigning. Image: Paul Scott

As our politicians gear up for the general election, many will be considering how much their campaigns will cost. Analysis of election spending(...)

At the marriage referendum count last month were Alex White, John Lyons, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys. Photograph: Cyril Byrne. 2:12

There is growing concern in Government that same-sex marriages could be delayed until next year. The outcome of the referendum on May 22nd is the sub(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)

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(...)