Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams said Leo Varadkar was “a  Taoiseach, not just a Fine Gael leader. He needs to behave like a Taoiseach”.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has claimed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is being “reckless” in his approach to Northern Ireland as hopes of a deal to restore (...)

 Governor Philip Lane. The Central Bank has defended the pace of its inquiry, which started two years ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Central Bank was pushed to the “limits of its powers” to force banks to deal with their “unacceptable failings” on tracker mortgages. Central Ba(...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: “I’m saying Fianna Fáil can’t be trusted. They can’t be trusted with the economy. They can’t be trusted with the sincerity of actually saying something that people can believe in.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty is standing over her claims that Fianna Fáil “can’t be trusted” despite calls from Willie O’Dea for her(...)

As a third-level student you will have time to explore many areas of interest. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Starting college for the first time might seem like a challenge. Even some of the smaller colleges will have thousands more students than your seconda(...)

The Westbury Hotel in Dublin, part of the Doyle Collection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Doyle Collection hotel chain increased its turnover last year by €2 million in spite of the impact of weaker sterling and dollar translations on i(...)

Apprenticeships are expanding and offer brilliant opportunities to develop a wide range of skills. File photograph: iStockPhoto

I’m interested in exploring the option of an apprenticeship for my son, who’s due to sit his Leaving Cert next year. His strengths are in hands-on act(...)

The Irish Prison Service is failing  to record and monitor what type of drugs are seized in jails

The Irish Prison Service is failing to meet a 2006 policy commitment to record and monitor what type of drugs are seized in jails. Belfast-based inve(...)

The statue of James Joyce off O’Connell Street. In a modern day Ireland where Irish writers in the English language would be seen as an unfortunate blip in a living literature 2,000 years old, where would Joyce fit in? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I had the extremely disconcerting experience recently of sitting through an academic conference in Prague that was being conducted in two languages I (...)

“There appears to be a decrease in the use of traditional drugs, such as, heroin, opiates etc, and an increasing use of newer drugs of abuse, including novel psychoactive substances.” Photograph: Getty Images

Close to 11,000 seizures of illicit and prescribed drugs were made by prison authorities on both sides of the Border over the past seven years, new fi(...)

Anna Doran and Conor Wynne’s electronic project Contour is nearing the release of a full-length mixed album Appropriation

Nina Hynes – Bad News &am(...)