Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin: “Where are the pressure points? How do we address the issue of childcare into the future?”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An open forum to consider pay, tax and overall spending priorities could be established by the summer under proposals from Minister for Public Expendi(...)

Derek Douglas, a painter with Dublin City Council, in the  fruit and vegetable market in the city centre which has received approval to be turned into a continental-style food market. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The €3 million redevelopment of Dublin’s Victorian fruit and vegetable market as a continental-style food market has been approved by Dublin city cou(...)

Former SPD politician Sebastian Edathy  in a  regional court in Verden, Germany, yesterday.  Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AP

Senior figures in Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have demanded the resignation from the party of a former politician who has admitted owning (...)

Enjoying coffee and a chat at Tír na nÓg Coffee shop in the Ballymun shopping centre at the weekend, before the cafe closed down. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

As two of the last few shops in Ballymun shopping centre closed at the weekend, residents and business owners in the north Dublin suburb say Dublin Ci(...)

Sophie Magennis, UNHCR Ireland’s head of office, called for the length of time asylum seekers spend awaiting decisions on their asylum applications to be reduced, in order to limit the negative effects highlighted in the ‘Towards a New Beginning’ report. Photograph: Eric Luke

The length of time asylum seekers spend in State-funded accommodation is leading to dependency and disempowerment among some of those seeking protect(...)

Camogie star Anna Geary tries out a bicycle after the opening of the final station of the Cork city bike scheme. photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The largest bike-share scheme outside Dublin has been launched in Cork with Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney officially opening the new bike st(...)

Councillors in Dublin have reacted angrily after two children were caught up in unrelated shooting incidents over the weekend.An 11-year-old boy was (...)

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit was “destructive to the fabric” of the US-Israel relationship and endangered the US’s traditional bipartisan support for the Jewish state. Photograph: Getty Images

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu hopes his controversial speech later today before the United States Congress, in which he will warn against the emer(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with  his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif,  during a new round of nuclear negotiations in Montreux, Switzerland,  yesterday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Reuters

They have spent long hours alone together. They exchange private emails. Their walk along the Rhone river in Geneva in January so unnerved hardline la(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on Finance Michael McGrath said his party “voted against the Government amendment because it was self-serving and self-congratulatory.” Photograph: Alan Betson.

Fianna Fáil has accused Tánaiste Joan Burton of a “spectacular misrepresentation” of its tax policies during the Labour Party national conference in (...)