Patrick FitzSymons as a one-year-old baby

For most of his life Patrick FitzSymons, one of thousands of Irish children illegally given away for adoption over decades in Ireland, celebrated his (...)

An Oireachtas committee is presssing ahead with plans to introduce a deposit scheme for drinks containers, despite reservations by Minister for Environment Denis Naughten. Photograph: Reuters

An attempt by Minister for Environment Denis Naughten to stall the introduction of a deposit scheme for drinks containers has been rejected by an Oire(...)

Mr Justice George Birmingham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has agreed to appoint Mr Justice George Birmingham as president of the Court of Appeal. Mr Birmingham’s promotion was agreed at Tuesda(...)

Campaigners voice their support for  the Climate Emergency Measures Bill outside Leinster House. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Despite strong Government opposition, a Bill to end the granting of licences for fossil fuel exploration and extraction in Ireland is set to clear its(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross who has proposed legislation on the reform of judicial appointments.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The row between the judiciary and Government over plans to change how judges are appointed continued on Monday with the Chief Justice and the presiden(...)

Councillors are to receive a pay increase and an increase in their annual allowances. File photograph: Getty Images

Councillors could receive up to €3,500 a year in additional allowances from May. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has confirmed all local authority(...)

Buyers of homes up to €600,000 would also be entitled to the proposed income tax rebate, although it would be capped at €20,000. It will only apply to new homes and self-builds. File photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs have raised concern over the party’s stance on the first time buyers’ scheme. The party has proposed the cap for the Gove(...)

Michael McNamara. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tomorrow the President will convene the Council of State to consider the International Protection Bill. The Dáil considered only 16 of the Bill’s 81 s(...)

Every address in the State will be allocated a unique seven-digit code.

The new postal location code system will be launched in early July when 2.2 million homes and businesses in the State will be assigned individual c(...)

The membership of the Expert Advisory Council undermines its independence, a report from  Client Earth has found.

The Government’s climate change legislation will fail to achieve its goals unless major weaknesses in the Bill are addressed, a report by an(...)

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