Labour Party leader Dick Spring speaking at a press conference to urge a Yes vote in the 1986 divorce referendum. Photograph: Jack McManus

A failure to introduce State benefits to cover divorced people would ultimately give rise to the accusation that divorce was “only available to those(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has published the  2015 annual report of  the Criminal Assets Bureau. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost €4 million was realised by the State last year following the conclusion of a range of cases by the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab). The money, w(...)

Clerys in O’Connell Street, Dublin. The wind-up of the store’s operating company OCS Operations has been delayed by legal proceedings, says KPMG. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The liquidators of Clerys say the winding up of the old Dublin department store is being delayed by legal proceedings and could take a further two ye(...)

Freefall: Self-employed people are not entitled to jobseeker’s benefit or the illness or disability payments that many of us take for granted. Illustration: Zack Blanton/Getty

‘You drive around the country,” says Ray Butler, the Fine Gael Senator, “and look at all those closed-down shops in little towns and villages. They re(...)

A Department of Social Welfare official has been found not guilty of coercion at Sligo Circuit Court. The complainant in the case Martha Rooney had alleged that the defendant had asked her for her oral sex in return for not being prosecuted for fraud. Photograph: James Connolly

A 48-year-old Department of Social Protection official has been found not guilty of coercion at Sligo Circuit Court. Judge Keenan Johnson directed t(...)

Gardaí have seized 14 suspected stolen vehicles including 12 Ford transit vans, a Ford camper van and a caravan as part of a search operation in the a(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney Said the Government wanted to be “generous and fair” to people who needed help. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

No limit has been set on the amount of compensation people affected by flooding can be paid under a Government assistance scheme. Applications from a(...)

 Liz O’Brien at her flood-damaged home  at Kilganey, Clonmel. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there is a number of  ways homeowners can  claim funds for flood damage relief.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government wants to be “generous” to flood victims, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said, as it emerged that no limit has been placed on the le(...)

Former secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell left post after Callinan controversy.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gone from his former post as secretary general of the Department of Justice since July of last year, Brian Purcell was moved to the new position as he(...)

Clockwise from top left: Martin Fraser, Enda Kenny, Brian Purcell, Martin Callinan, Alan Shatter and Máire Whelan.

Enda Kenny Mr Kenny has been a Fine Gael TD for Mayo since 1975 and Taoiseach since 2011. He has said he first became aware of the issue of the tapin(...)

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