On the wing: Those who were in their mid-20s when they emigrated in 2009 and 2010 may be heading into their 30s now, and facing decisions about whether to buy a home, take that next career step or have children. Photograph: Stephen Strathdee/E+/Getty

This article forms part of a new Returning to Ireland guide by The Irish Times, with information on jobs, housing, health and education, and advice(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Clearly relations between the HSE and St Vincent’s are not in a good place. There does need to be more dialogue between the two and for necessary information to be made available to the HSE.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The dispute between between the Health Service Executive and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, which runs two of Dublin’s main public hospitals, is d(...)

The group that runs St Vincent’s hospital   has clashed with the HSE. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The ongoing row involving the Health Service Executive and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group stems in part from tensions between the traditional volun(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Modelled on the highly successful national cancer programme, it will provide the leadership and have the authority to deliver the strategy and to drive reform and standardise care across all 19 maternity units’’

A national women’s and infants’ health programme to improve maternity services is to be established by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. He told th(...)

 Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health:  The board wrote  to him saying  until it had evidence of ‘real and constructive engagement’ on matters of concern, ‘we believe we must pause our engagement with the project’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The planned €150 million development of a new national maternity hospital on the campus of St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin has been put on hold. The r(...)

Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  made this issue a crusade, and the Labour Party may regain some of its supporters as a result of being the most visible party during the campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:20

The factors that contributed to victory for the Yes side in the same-sex marriage referendum are difficult to transfer into conventional politics. The(...)

Yes voters celebrate at the central count centre at Dublin Castle on Saturday. The young could easily identify with the cause. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A beautifully shot video from Christmas 2012, of a 20-something Dubliner wandering the streets of the city and debating whether to stay in Ireland, of(...)

Prof Robert Harrison, who resigned as chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians after ‘The Irish Times’ published details of correspondence to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Institute of Obstetricians has withdrawn a controversial letter questioning the appointment of two women who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital to(...)

Men walk past a Yes vote campaign graffiti in central Dublin. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Campaigners are predicting more older gay and lesbian people will come out after the landslide victory in the same-sex marriage referendum.Kieran Rose(...)