Newly elected Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell: ‘My objective is to represent the people of Limerick and to regain my Dáil seat at the next election.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Two Fine Gael politicians who lost their Dáil seats in the general election have been elected to the Seanad. Former TDs Kieran O’Donnell and Gabriel(...)

The most frequent user of the JobBridge scheme has been the HSE which brought on 399 Jobbridge interns over the five years since its inception, followed by the GAA with 249 interns. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Impact trade union has called for the JobBridge internship scheme to be ended following reports that it has been used to fill hundreds of position(...)

Jimmy Deenihan with older members of the Irish community in Australia in 2015.

Ireland’s first ever Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan lost his Dáil seat last weekend. In recent days, representatives from Iris(...)

According to the NYCI, holding the general election vote on a Thursday risks reducing student participation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There are growing expectations among Government TDs and Senators that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will announce Friday 26th of February as the date of the el(...)

Capt Deirdre Carbery of the Defence Forces says there is a direct correlation between gender, inequality and insecurity.

Transforming men’s attitudes and behaviours to help end violence against women and girls will be at the core of a conference on gender-based violence (...)

Ireland is out of step with the majority of democratic countries in disenfranchising citizens once they move abroad, the Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad (VICA) campaign said on Wednesday.   Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Ireland is out of step with the majority of democratic countries in disenfranchising citizens once they move abroad, the Votes for Irish Citizens Abro(...)

Members of Merlin College Choral Group from Galway and performers from Bui Bolg, Wexford, at the launch of the National Youth Strategy 2015-2020 at Bluebell Youth Project. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some €600,000 has been earmarked to combat unemployment among the most disadvantaged young people. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reil(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has been  urged to prioritise additional spending for charitable services rather than funding cuts to income tax and the universal social charge. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Charities fear that they will be at the “back of the queue” for funding in Budget 2016 as the Government contemplates widespread tax cuts, according t(...)

In Brisbane: Richard Donovan with wife Patricia and son Michael. They will all be back in Tipperary in September.

Richard Donovan had always wanted to see Australia, so when activity at the civil-works company he worked for began to slow, in early 2008, it seemed (...)

Almost 40,000 people with a third-level qualification emigrated from Ireland in the 12 months to April. Photograph: Thinkstock

When the Government published its first diaspora policy in March this year, encouraging emigrants who had left the country in their droves to retur(...)