Chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council Sue Conlon (second right) introduces  President Michael D Higgins to  Vera Akpotor and Abreza Mehrabi at the official opening of the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre  in Dublin in 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice has described the resignation of Irish Refugee Council from the Government working group on direct provision as “regrettable(...)

A car carrying British prime minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after he  had a private audience with  Queen Elizaberth to formalise the dissolution of parliament in London on Monday. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images.

Campaigning in Britain’s closest election in decades ramped up on Monday after prime minister David Cameron met Queen Elizabeth to tell her parliament(...)

Overall, Irish hourly labour costs showed a decline of 0.2 per cent compared with 2013,

  Labour costs in Ireland fell in 2014, new estimates from Eurostat have shown, making the country one of seven in the EU to show a downwa(...)

Dwyer has been considered by the Garda as a suspect for the 1999 stabbing and murder of Raonaid Murray (17) in Glenageary, south Dublin

Gardaí may question murderer Graham Dwyer about historical unsolved killings, rapes and missing person inquiries.Informed sources said while there was(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Dáil last week that the Government was committed to achieving compliance with the provisions of the directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

It will be 2017 at the earliest before most non-consultant hospital doctors see their working hours complying with limits set out in an EU directiv(...)

NDC chief Zoe Kavanagh: “How do you make sure that we have mechanisms in place to ensure that we are operating to the highest standards rather than depending on the weakest link?”

Food scares, price volatility and the power of supermarket chains are among the key challenges facing the dairy industry after the milk quota regime i(...)

Polish MEP and candidate for President of Poland Janusz Korwin-Mikke addressing supporters in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Candidate for the Polish presidency Janusz Korwin-Mikke used the soccer game as a chance to meet several hundred voters at a pre-match event in Ballsb(...)

Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly said: “Not only does Ireland now have a low-pay crisis – we also have a widening gap between wages at the bottom, which are falling, and those at the top which are rising.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The national minimum wage should be increased by €1 to €9.65, the trade union Unite has urged. It said an increase in the national minimum wage should(...)

The head of the company that owns the world’s largest trawler Annelies Ilena, formerly Atlantic Dawn, that his board is considering appealing a €105,000 fine imposed by an Irish court

The head of the company that owns the world’s largest trawler said on Sunday that his board is considering appealing a €105,000 fine imposed by an Iri(...)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell voters elsewhere in the UK that they should welcome the SNP’s hold on power in Westminster, “not fear it.” Photograph: PA

Scotland must be able to make its own decisions about taxation and spending to fend off plans by the Conservatives to cut £30 billion from public spen(...)