Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: removed a section on surrogacy from the Children and Family Relationships Act. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Government is preparing to activate parts of the Children and Family Relationships Act, which overhauls the law on adoption and donor-assisted re(...)

Domhnal Slattery , CEO Avolon, speaking at the conference “The Global Island: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a Changing World”, at Dublin Castle on Tuesday. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

Staff from international leasing company Avolon are set to join the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of a newly launched strategic sta(...)

The  Irish embassy in Paris. The Department of Foreign Affairs has revealed that almost 1,650 Irish required diplomatic assistance while in foreign countries last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Almost 1,650 Irish people needed diplomatic assistance while abroad last year, it has been revealed.Child abductions, accidents and arrests were among(...)

Following complaints from emigrants, RTÉ has announced it will operate a full longwave Radio 1 service next year, before closing it down in May 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

RTÉ will operate a full longwave Radio 1 service next year, service with reduced hours in 2016, before closing it down in May 2017, the station has an(...)

Irish Design 2015 is seeking proposals for a public relations plan to help it communicate “the essence of Irish design”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It is time for PR professionals to get eloquent about their long- standing love of all things crafts: Irish Design 2015, a year-long Government-sponso(...)

Moate Community School students celebrate their win, which earned them prize money of £4,000 (€5,000). Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Moate Community School in Co Westmeath has won the 2014 All Island School Choir Competition. The televised contest, organised by the all-island peace(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan will  highlight the Government’s commitment to diaspora engagement and in particular, the role that schools, colleges and universities play in engaging with their alumni.  Photograph: Getty Images

When we leave education, the relationships we have built over years with schools, colleges and universities end abruptly. Institutions struggle to (...)

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan announced grants of €1.8 million for emigrant support groups in the US. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government is to provide grants worth more than €1.8 million to organisations supporting vulnerable Irish emigrants in the US. Minister of State f(...)

GAA abroad: Aoife Cahill playing for Cumann Warszawa European Regional Tournament in Poland

Ireland is considered among the top five countries in the world for “diaspora engagement”, but what does this mean in practice? The Global Diaspora an(...)

Minister for Development and Trade Promotion Seán Sherlock said exports from Ireland have increased by approximately 25 per cent in recent years

Trade between Ireland and Africa is expected to reach €24 billion by 2020 as more than one in ten Irish chief executives look to target business oppor(...)