The proposals come just days after Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said a more liberal and progressive attitude towards illegal drugs was needed. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland should follow the example of Portugal and offer counselling and other assistance to people caught by gardaí with small quantities of drugs rat(...)

‘Every year Ruhama works with more than 300 women in Ireland whose lives have been seriously, and in some cases irreparably, damaged by prostitution.’  Photograph: Getty Images

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Minister of State for New Communities Aodhán Ó Riordáin said the working group report on the asylum-seeker system would be published within weeks after Easter. Photograph: The Irish Times

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A scheme to regularise the legal position of about 26,000 undocumented migrants, including up to 5,000 undocumented children, could generate “a pot(...)

The former US president Jimmy Carter has written to   Enda Kenny and other members of the Oireachtas urging them to back a justice committee recommendation to criminalise the buyers of sex. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Former US president Jimmy Carter has written to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other members of the Oireachtas urging them to adopt a recommendation to (...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin: “It is unacceptable that a child could spend half their life in a direct provision centre – in poverty, marginalised, stigmatised.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reform of the “direct provision” system - asylum seekers can spend up to nine years waiting for a decision on their application with no right to work (...)

Frances Fitzgerald: stopped short of guaranteeing all fees would be paid

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Maurice McCabe: He has made 13 complaints in recent weeks relating to harassment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A meeting scheduled between Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe and an assistant commissioner to discuss allegations of continued harassment has b(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan. She is seen as the front-runner from within the Garda to take the top job

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