Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “time for the State to get out of the business of controlling reproduction”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Abortion should be legal, safe and freely available to anyone who needs it, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said. In her strongest commen(...)

Katherine Zappone: she will bring a report on the expert technical group on the Tuam site to Cabinet next week

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has “an open mind” on a potential redress scheme for former residents of mother and baby homes. On Tuesday ni(...)

Minister for Local Government Eoghan Murphy:  will bring a memorandum to Tuesday morning’s Cabinet meeting with proposed terms of reference to set up a local government boundaries committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Cabinet is to agree to reduce the number of seats in local electoral constituencies after a compromise was reached between Fine Gael and the Indep(...)

Oxfam campaigners outside the Department of Finance earlier in 2017 to call on the Government to implement transparency where large companies make profit and pay tax. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland is among the most active countries in facilitating corporations moving profits to low- or zero-tax destinations, according to a new report fro(...)

Katherine Zappone, the Minister for Children  will meet the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to discuss digital safety. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Government members will on Tuesday examine measures to tackle online bullying and the deliberate targeting of young people with online content promoti(...)

Michael  Colgan: in an article in the ‘Sunday Independent’ he said: “I already knew I was not politically correct” and he “often sacrificed proper conduct for a punch line”.  Photograph:   Matt Kavanagh

The apology of former Gate Theatre artistic director Michael Colgan in response to accusations of bullying and sexual harassment was met with sceptici(...)

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell urged more ‘sceptical’ consideration of the view that the courts are obliged to develop new rights.

A Supreme Court judge has advocated judicial restraint in interpreting the Constitution and urged more “sceptical” consideration of the view that the (...)

The study found children reported to be overweight or who had a poor diet were more likely to come from lower income families. Photograph: Dave Thompson/ PA Wire

Young boys find it more difficult than girls to concentrate in school, according to a new study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)(...)

Views of more than 3,200 young people aged between 12 and 17 published: almost three-quarters feel either “very stressed” or “stressed” over exams. Photograph: Getty Images

Exam stress emerges as a major issue of concern in a new study that canvasses the views of thousands of secondary school students. Most students said(...)

  Ella  McPhillips (10 months) with Ministers  Michael Ring and   Paschal Donohoe at the launch of the €5 million Rapid fund in Dublin.  Photograph: Sam Boal/

The number of children living in poverty in the State “is unacceptable,” Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said. Speaking at the announcement (...)

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