Protesters outside the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin during a demonstration calling for the end to the direct provision system. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Hundreds of people from across the State and Northern Ireland marched in Dublin on Saturday calling for an end to deportations and the direct provisio(...)

Prof Mike Barnes outlines the scientific and medical evidence to back the Cannabis Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Puritanical zeal, misinformation and fear are at the root of the medical and political establishment’s reluctance to legalise cannabis for medicinal p(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael National Conference in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has achieved the highest rating for a Fine Gael taoiseach since 2011 at 52 per cent, according to the Behaviour and Attitudes p(...)

Minister of State for Justice David Stanton said sometimes it was better to start from scratch, redraft the cannabis legislation and resubmit it, if it was not possible to amend it.

Private Members’ legislation legalising medicinal cannabis remains on the Dáil agenda, despite the Oireachtas Committee on Health saying it is legally(...)

John Halligan (centre):  the Independent Alliance Minister of State expressed his remorse for the comments, stressing it was a “genuine mistake” and was never meant to cause offence. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister of State John Halligan has insisted he will pay back the €7,500 fine imposed by the Workplace Relations Commission after he asked a civil se(...)

An independence supporter outside the Palau Catalan Regional Government Building in Barcelona earlier this week. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

The policy committee for Dublin City Council has recommended that the Catalan flag be flown over Dublin City Hall for a month-long period. Councillor(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Anne Rabbitte has moved a Bill to provide for 26 weeks’ paid maternity leave for councillors. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Paid maternity leave may be introduced for local authority councillors under proposals being examined by the Government. Currently councillors are p(...)

Kayley Joyce: ‘The one thing I didn’t want for my kids was to be homeless.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kayley Joyce, a 21-year-old mother of two, has been “in and out of homelessness” all her life. She, Jayden (3) and Aaliyah (1) are now being accommoda(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “If High-Vis Varadkar had a favourite meal, it would be fresh sod and (video) clips.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The name change passed us by, but since Leo took over as party leader it seems that FG now stands for Fluorescent Government, with High-Vis Varadkar e(...)

The An Post logo. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The French, they owe us. They owe us big. We haven’t forgotten Paris and Thierry Henry and that incident in the penalty box when the footballer’s fam(...)

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