Sophia Byrne Singh from Dublin who joined childcare workers outside the Department of Finance earlier this month where postcards from the dole were delivered to Minister Paschal Donohoe to highlight the precarious contracts and lack of state investment for early years sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish parents are saddled with some of the highest childcare costs in Europe due to a lack of public investment in the sector, an Oireachtas committee(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with Special Responsibility for Brexit Simon Coveney: “What we are insisting on achieving is a special status for Northern Ireland that allows the interaction on this island as is currently the case to be maintained as close to the current norm as possible,” he said. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said an all-island approach to Brexit would help bring about “special status” for Northern Ireland and (...)

 Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: she said Mr Varadkar told her he wished he could retain her, but there were not enough jobs and he needed to make room for his supporters

The insistence of the Government spokesman that all Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s ministerial appointments were based on merit was “very offensive”, one of(...)

A shrine, with an image of the Virgin Mary on part of the site of the former mother-and-baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam, Co Galway, where the remains of an unknown number of babies and toddlers were found buried. Photograph: Reuters/Peter Nicholls

The commission of investigation into mother and baby homes established two years ago is not fit for purpose and has “only scratched the surface” in de(...)

Calls were made on Thursday night for a moratorium on Bus Éireann’s decision to end three Expressway services. Photograph: Eric Luke

Calls were made on Thursday night for a moratorium on Bus Éireann’s decision to end three Expressway services, starting with the Dublin to Clonmel rou(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: welcomed the agreement of her Cabinet colleagues to postpone a decision on  appealing against the European Commission judgment.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin and a number of Independent TDs are seeking an early recall of the Dáil to debate the implications of the European Commission ruling on App(...)

 Senator Catherine Noone as she addresses the morning session of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly with on left Aengus O Snodaigh TD and on right Margaret Murphy O Mahony TD. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Parliamentarians drawn from across Britain and Ireland have voiced strong opposition to any reimposition of a ‘hard border’ between the North and Sout(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming is to replace his party colleague John McGuinness as chair of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming is to replace his party colleague John McGuinness as chair of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee. Mr Fleming was infor(...)

‘The primary objective has to be to get the houses built,’ the committee heard.

Local authorities need a “political signal” that they would be given support to borrow millions of euro for building social housing, the chief execut(...)

Ruth Coppinger: Tax breaks for house building will come with a “social cost”. Photograph: Alan Betson

A “help to buy scheme”, in which the State takes a 20 per cent stake in a new home, should be introduced to help home buyers, an Oireachtas committee(...)