Some of the large crowd that attended the Save Our Community Meeting in the Anner Hotel Thurles  photo john d kelly

Hundreds of people gathered at a meeting in Thurles last night to call for urgent reforms of bail laws to help tackle a growing “epidemic” of rural(...)

It took Robert O’Shea 30 years to build up his agricultural contracting business near Littleton, Co Tipperary. In the space of 20 minutes on a Saturda(...)

An audit by the Revenue Commissioners in late 2013 concluded that spousal travel costs should be treated as a benefit-in-kind and taxed accordingly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The State body which replaced Fás does not believe it has any prospect of legally recouping controversial travel expenses for the spouses of senior of(...)

The use of Fás’s credit card to pay over $900 for a three-ball golf match at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando was defended as “developing relationships”. Photograph: Getty Images

If there was a moment which crystallised public outrage over State officials’ sense of entitlement and disregard for taxpayers’ money, it came on the (...)

The Government and health authorities pledged to close unsuitable “congregated settings” within a seven-year period. Photograph: Getty Images

Government plans to move up to 4,000 people with intellectual disabilities out of outdated institutions within a six-year period are likely to take de(...)

Martin Dooher prepares a meal at his home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For most of his life, people assumed Martin Dooher wasn’t capable of making decisions for himself. Most of his life was spent in institutions or large(...)

The cost and quality of childcare has become a major political issue. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Up to 25,000 additional low-income families may benefit from access to affordable childcare under plans being considered ahead of next week’s budget(...)

Drivers are currently required to pay a fixed-charge notice for penalty points within 28 days . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government plans to close a loophole that allows tens of thousands of people to escape conviction for penalty points offences are unlikely to be in(...)

A Garda operates a speed camera: Almost 150,000 drivers who were ordered to appear in court over the past two years were not convicted

Four out of five drivers summonsed to court over penalty points offences are escaping conviction, new figures show. Almost 150,000 drivers who were o(...)

The latest report by the Child Care Law Reporting Project also documents a number of cases of good outcomes for both young people in care and their parents where support was provided.

A case of a young girl who ate baby formula from a tin because there was nothing else in the house, was among those detailed in a report of 37 cases (...)