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Turnout for the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015 was 61 per cent but for the children’s rights referendum in 2012 it was 34 per cent

Turnout is key in any election. It can be pretty predictable, usually somewhere in the mid-60s judging by the last handful of elections since 1997: 66(...)

Eoghan Murphy: the Minister says he has “full confidence in each of the presiding officers in each of our polling stations, that they will be able to do their job properly and accurately”.

The Minister with responsibility for the electoral process has said he is “worried” that No campaigners may try to “undermine the integrity” of Friday(...)

‘Loneliness is a problem which faces too many of our people, and in particular older people,’ said Minister of State Sean Kyne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Loneliness was as bad for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It meant sufferers were more likely to suffer dementia, heart disease and (...)

Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel, and environmental campaigner Duncan Stewart at the charity summit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Charities are struggling to meet the growing demands of State regulators, which is adding to the “administrative burden” they face, a conference held (...)

Gardaí believe Jastine Valdez fought for her life and so Mark Hennessy killed her very soon after abducting her. Photograph: Garda press office/PA Wire

The remains of murdered Jastine Valdez have been released to her family five days after she was killed by Mark Hennessy (40). Members of the public w(...)

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel    and Minister for Business Heather Humphreys on the Louth/Down Border. Photograph: EPA

Ireland will examine “reasonable” proposals from the British government on how to avoid a hard border after Brexit, but time is running out for such m(...)

 Polling station signage in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

While thousands of young people have been deeply involved on both sides of the abortion referendum campaign over the last month, large numbers of youn(...)

Fears have been expressed that spiralling legal costs could lead to the breast cancer screening programme being closed down. File photograph: Getty Images

The BreastCheck cancer screening programme is doing its job and has helped to save the lives of women in the State, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. (...)

The Celtic Mist was donated by the Haughey family to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The late taoiseach Charles Haughey’s former yacht Celtic Mist is to leave Dublin Bay on Friday for its longest voyage north on a whale research trip t(...)

Aisling Dolan (19), from New Ross, Co Wexford, who was killed in a road traffic incident on Tuesday.

A 19-year-old woman who was killed in a road traffic incident on Tuesday in Co Wexford has been named locally as Aisling Dolan. The woman was travel(...)

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