Ireland rugby players Jenny Murphy, Sophie Spence and Shannon Huston who are hoping to qualify for the rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only 13 shopping days until Christmas, only 603 training days until Rio. They may not appear like similarly pressing countdowns, although it could be (...)

Minister for  Children Frances Fitzgerald speaking to media yesterday about the recent Roma children incidents. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pavee Point is worried that the snatching of two Roma children from their parents by the State might “create the conditions for an increase in racism (...)

Mrs Justice Susan Denham: chairs the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board

Applications were received from 174 lawyers to fill a single vacancy on the District Court bench last year. The annual report of the Judicial Appointm(...)