Denis Naughten TD has consistently highlighted the issue of linking child benefit with children’s school attendance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection writes 600,000 “unnecessary” letters to parents to confirm their children are in school, replicating the work of a(...)

Fine Gael Ministers of State:Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Defence: Pa(...)

Dolphin House residents  Debbie Doyle, Joan Kenny and Gerard Kelly are concerned about ongoing and new  delays in rectifying poor conditions in their homes in Rialto. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Residents at the centre of a long-running regeneration saga fear further delays could cause long-term damage to their community. Despite a commitment(...)

Barbara da Masceno (24) from Brazil was among the language students who took part in a lunchtime protest  outside the offices of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service today.

An interdepartmental task force has been set up to manage the fallout from the recent closure of a number of private language colleges.The task force,(...)

Frank Flannery held a Fine Gael-issued pass which gave him access to Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery has lost his full-time access pass to Leinster House following controversy o(...)

Political strategist Frank Flannery who has resigned from his roles with Rehab and Fine Gael with immediate effect.

  Frank Flannery has resigned as a director of the Rehab charity, as well as from positions within the Fine Gael party. Tonight, the c(...)

Overall, 73 per cent of children in the intervention schools were within the “normal” weight range for their age, compared to just 58 per cent in the control schools.  Photograph: Getty Images

Childhood obesity could be greatly reduced using targeted health programmes in schools, new research has shown. A study of the long-term (...)

’Your concentration drops and your motivation goes’: Terry O’Connor, who is unemployed, with his dog, Lewis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Men overboard

‘Deep down, it hurts. I try to stay one step ahead of depression. During the day I’m busy, but night-times are hard,” says Derek, a 39-year-old who lo(...)

For anybody involved in the Irish-language movement, Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí (above) was revered and respected

Gearóid Ó Conchubhair was watching TV at home last October when news broke that Jimmy Savile had sexually abused scores of underage girls durin(...)