Social welfare office near Aungier Street, Dublin. Almost 4,000 second-level students who left school in 2011 were in receipt of social welfare by the end of the year, new figures show. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Almost 4,000 second-level students who left school in 2011 were in receipt of social welfare by the end of the year, new figures show. A Department o(...)

Paschal Donohoe: Under pressure to retain his seat in Dublin Central

The substantial churn of TDs at the last general election saw a number of ministers lose their seats. The biggest ever cull of office-holders conduct(...)

A leaked draft from the expert group on education noted that by keeping tuition fees at affordable levels, graduates could face payments of about €25 a week over a 10- to 15-year period. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Labour party has confirmed it cannot rule out increasing fees for third-level students. Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she had been b(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald set out his party’s plans for the justice system. Phoitograph: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has moved to reassure the public that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will be given the resources to combat gangland crime a(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and Caoimhghín O Caoláin outside the Mater hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has committed to the abolition of the Special Criminal Court in its general election manifesto. The party said it would repeal the Offences(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: says  there has to be normal negotiations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has rejected calls for the proposed merger of institutes of technology not to go ahead without the agreement of(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she will cut the €3,000 student contribution fee by €500. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has pledged to cut the €3,000 student contribution fee by €500 if the Labour Party is returned to government. (...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has called for new laws to ensure school places for unbaptised children. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has called for new laws to ensure denominational schools set aside places for local children who are not baptise(...)

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has revealed results of a survey which found 86 per cent of its members, based on a 27 per cent sample, felt morale was either low or very low. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New initiatives aimed at addressing welfare and morale within An Garda Síochána are being developed for next year. Commitments on areas of concern w(...)

The Garda Representative Association has said a new police service allowance should be established “to compensate for the special disadvantages associated with police life”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The vast majority of Garda sergeants and inspectors believe morale within the force is very poor, according to a survey to be published today. The A(...)