Historian Catherine Corless: wants an archeological dig on the site of the 19th-century castle, which was run as an orphange by the Sisters of Mercy. “We need to establish if children were buried there.” Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Galway historian Catherine Corless has called for a full investigation into the buildings and land around a former Sisters of Mercy orphanage before i(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “He is neither an ideologue nor a risk-taker. He is unapologetically moderate and incremental.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Yet again it was a moment on RTÉ’s Prime Time which illustrated the changed political context in which budgets are shaped in the current Dáil. In the (...)

The Coalition parties “see the arts as an occasionally useful platform but have no fundamental regard or feeling for them at all,” Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on arts Niamh Smyth claimed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has been accused of having a “fundamental attitude of disrespect” to the arts. The Coalition parties “see the arts as an occasionally (...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: Challenge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency says it cannot “be precise” on how mandatory reporting of child abuse concerns, which comes into force on December (...)

Entitlement to the free pre-school programme is to be expanded from September 2018 to two free years for children aged at least two years and eight months. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she was “confident” the early childhood sector would be able to provide enough child places to allow a fu(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has announced a new €6 million equipment fund for youth groups. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Youth groups are being encouraged to apply for a new €6 million equipment fund to be announced by Minister for Children Dr Katherine Zappone. There (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s strategy is to assemble a minority administration with a patchwork quilt of Labour, the Social Democrats, the Greens and others. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The next general election, whenever it happens, will for the first time in a decade once more be a stand-up fight between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to(...)

The Halawa family look at the latest photograph of Ibrahim while celebrating at home in Firhouse, Dublin. From left: Nosayba, Omaima, (with her baby Abdullah), Khadija, Fatima and Somaia. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pandemonium took over in a Dublin sitting room on Monday as Ireland’s happiest family realised that, after a tortuous four-year battle, their son, bro(...)

Ibrahim Halawa with his sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has welcomed the news from Cairo that Ibrahim Halawa and his sisters have been acquitted. Mr Coveney, who (...)

Paschal Donohoe: looks set to reimpose the cap on tax write-downs companies can claim relating to intellectual property assets. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

For years, the taxation of big international companies was something of a game. Big multinationals – mainly from the United States – exploited gaps an(...)