Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

Managing children’s internet access: CyberSafeIreland chief executive Alex Cooney said,  “The answer lies in education, not prohibition.” Photograph: iStock

Proposed measures to fine parents and retailers if they allow children unrestricted access to the internet are unworkable, organisations and online s(...)

Fine Gael TD Jim Daly: proposed legislation “will force parents to take responsibility for their children’s access to internet”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Parents should be fined for allowing their children to own mobile phones with unrestricted access to the internet, a Fine Gael TD has suggested. Jim(...)

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward said Ireland was still lagging behind the European average of 19 months’ paid parental leave, despite the recent introduction of two weeks’ paternity leave on top of existing maternity entitlements. File photograph: iStockPhoto

A long-awaited State strategy to deal with issues such as childcare subsidies, pre-schooling and parental leave will be delivered within months, a Fin(...)

People who receive the once-off annual domiciliary care grant as full-time carers of people with special needs would be eligible for the scheme, an estimated 80,000 people. Photograph: Getty Images

Full-time carers of people with special needs could receive 12 hours as a respite break every month under legislation to be introduced this month. T(...)

Politicians made 196 representations to the Revenue Commissioners in 2016. File photograph: Joe St Leger

Politicians made 196 representations to the Revenue Commissioners in 2016, in addition to 51 cases where Minister for Finance Michael Noonan referred (...)

Theft of sheep and cattle affects all regions of Ireland, causing significant problems for the farmers.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Irish Farmers’ Association has said it wants to remind people a reward of €10,000 is being offered for “significant” information on the theft of c(...)

The Department of Education. The assistant secretary general at the department said Mr Bruton’s legislation would boost the Ombudsman for Children’s capacity to investigate issues

A Fine Gael Deputy and former principal said he was “blown away” at how school boards of management were defending teachers at the centre of complain(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s period in office is coming to a close. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

So what will he do? What will he say to them? And will they be satisfied with it? These are the questions that will dominate political chatter today.(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Simon Coveney  and Leo Varadkar in 2010. Mr Kenny will say the leadership issue will be dealt with after he visits Washington DC for St Patrick’s Day. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs have said they will not table a motion of no-confidence in the Taoiseach if he gives a firm indication he will step down soon after his (...)