Women who worked in the Magdalene laundries and remain resident in Ireland will get a medical card and other supports including home help, counselling and physiotherapy services free of charge from July 1st when the Redress for Women Who Were Resident in Certain Institutions Act comes into force.

Women who worked in the Magdalene laundries and remain resident in Ireland will get a medical card and other supports including home help, counselling(...)

Minister of State for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch:  no means-testing for  medical cards. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch has said survivors of the Magdalene laundries can still apply for the medical card under the State’s(...)

Teenagers (from left) Ailish Kerr, Glasnevin, Trina Tsai, Waterford, Dylan Byrne, Tullamore, Nathan Patterson, Swords, Alison Kershaw, Blanchardstown, Dan Connor, Drumcondra, and Darragh Staunton, Finglas, at the launch of the BeLonG To YES campaign  in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage shows both striking differences and common dynamics across the Atlantic. Ireland and the United States ha(...)

Minister of State for Social Protection Kevin Humphreys: said targeting health costs was a possible next step to recoup State expenses from insurance companies

The Government is hoping to recoup more than €20 million next year from insurance companies for welfare payments paid to people who go on to get sub(...)

Returned emigrant Tom Lawlor: ‘I’ve never felt any homophobia. I’ve never felt that my relationships have been judged differently from those of my peers.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:23

Support for same-sex marriage is rising steadily, and a majority is ready to vote Yes in next year’s constitutional referendum. Seventy-one per cen(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald published a Bill providing free medical care for survivors of Magdalene laundries. Photograph: Alan Betson

Free medical care will be provided to survivors of the Magdalene laundries in new legislation ushering in the next phase of a Government support pack(...)

Time and time again, politicians fail to trust people, says Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Politicians should have enough trust in voters to turn down demands for projects such as schools rather than giving in to every request, Minister for (...)

Part of a  protest last month following the revelations about the Tuam mother-and-baby home and deaths babies in other  State-run institutions. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has appointed Judge Yvonne Murphy to chair the Commission of Investigation into mother-and-baby homes. However, speaking this afternoon(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan was told today it was essential all relevant institutions be included within the remit of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan was told today it was essential all relevant institutions be included within the remit of the Commission of Inv(...)

Helen Baker, Gloucestershire, seen last night outside the Irish Embassy in London during a silent vigil to demand a public investigation into Ireland’s mother and baby homes. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

The Irish authorities must help the families of children who were sent to the United States for adoption to trace them, the daughter of one woman held(...)