Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “If applicants co-operate with the process, some will have decisions in weeks and the rest within six months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A decision on refugee status for asylum seekers could be reduced to weeks under legislation due to be enacted next spring, Minister for Justice France(...)

John Redmond, who was the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 until his death in 1918, remains a controversial figure in Irish history

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to put a monument to John Redmond in Leinster House. He has written to his Fine Gael predecessor John Bruton st(...)

That theological construct, “mental reservation”, is alive and well in politics. When commitments are given, they are generally time-constrained. So, (...)

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 is to be set up on a pilot basis within the department.

A new Garda unit is to be established in the Department of Social Protection as part of moves to crack down on welfare fraud. In addition almost one m(...)

New list, published by chief whip Paul Kehoe, includes several major statutory measures, including a ground-breaking gender recognition Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Seven years after first being proposed at government level, a climate change Bill moved a large step closer to becoming reality yesterday when it was(...)

Taxpayers may end up footing the bill for third-party claims related to the collapse of Setanta Insurance.The Maltese-registered insurer went into liq(...)

Chairman designate of the National Disability Authority Helen Guinan said employment for people with disabilities was high on the agenda for the agency. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Employment for people with disabilities is a “high area of need and importance”, the chairman designate of the National Disability Authority has said.(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan who said there would not be a general election until the spring of 2016 and this should allow enough time for the banking inquiry to complete its work.

A legal firm is taking action against the Houses of the Oireachtas over the tendering process to procure legal advice to the forthcoming banking inqui(...)

Karin Dubsky of Coastwatch Ireland said the Government was also preparing measures to bring our seas to “good environmental status” under a new EU marine directive. Photograph: Provision

A new Foreshore Bill, about to go before the Oireachtas, will “radically change coastal responsibilities” and give ordinary citizens a chance to part(...)

Seagulls fighting over scraps.  Kerry senator  Ned O’Sullivan said: “I have received hundreds of messages and calls. Without a word of a lie over 90 per cent were supportive and positive.”  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

In an extreme case of life imitating art, a Fianna Fáil Senator has portrayed the scourge of swooping seagulls in Dublin in terms that mirror the plot(...)