The large number of young people living in today’s world has been said to present an opportunity to accelerate economic growth for decades to come. Photograph: Alan Betson

Every day 39,000 girls under 18 years will become child brides, while 36 per cent of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence, according to th(...)

‘Not knowing one’s parents has many implications’: Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Unmarried fathers in Ireland had very limited rights and responsibilities, Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell told the Dáil.She said that whether a man was (...)

People gather to queue outside the Millers Glen new housing development in Swords, earlier this month. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed that the Revenue Commissioners is reviewing its property tax guidelines to take account of escalating house values in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Revenue Commissioners is reviewing its property tax guidelines to take account of escalating house values in Dublin, Minister for Finance Michael (...)

Olivia Mitchell: “If cigarettes were wrapped in a dirty rag, not alone would a smoker smoke them but the tragedy is that he or she would grow to love the dirty rag, such is the nature of addiction.”Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Government backbencher has expressed concern that changing the packaging of cigarettes will do little to cut the number of smokers. Fine Gael TD Oli(...)

Finian McGrath says smokers are hit unfairly with ‘punitive’ legislation.

Smokers are the people who are always “hammered” with punitive legislation, compared to those with other addictions, Independent TD Finian McGrath has(...)

“It is amazing we have so few mistakes relating to identity, with people consequently being given inappropriate treatments, particularly in hospitals.’’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell has called for a computerised link between the Departments of Health and Social Protection. (...)

Labour TD Kevin Humphreys highlighted the marketing of tanning booths mainly at young women in their early 20s.  Photo: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Using a sunbed is like playing Russian roulette and the odds are stacked against Irish people because of their fairer skin and susceptibility t(...)

TDs were left bewildered today when the word “amazeballs” was entered into the Dail record by Aengus O Snodaigh. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

TDs were left bewildered today when the word “amazeballs” was entered into the Dáil record by Aengus Ó Snodaigh.Unfortunately the Sinn Féin deputy pro(...)

Fine Gael TD  Olivia Mitchell: “I would most certain
ly urge caution until we have a clear and coherent overall vision of where we are going.”    Photograph: Eric Luke

A Government backbencher has expressed reservations about the abolition of the Seanad during a debate on legislation to allow for a referendum.Olivia (...)

Olivia Mitchell described Government proposals to abolish Seanad Éireann as “fairly dramatic and far-reaching”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Dublin South TD Olivia Mitchell has become the most senior Fine Gael member to express reservations about Government proposals to abolish Seanad É(...)