Former minister for children James Reilly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Speculation is increasing that former minister for children James Reilly will be appointed Fine Gael leader in the Seanad. As the new Upper House p(...)

Anti-Austerity Alliance People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger said the Government was intent on introducing a privately-run scheme which “put profit over the interests of people”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A job scheme contained in the programme for government is “borrowed from the Tory handbook in Britain”, it has been alleged. The Anti-Austerity Alli(...)

Ivana Bacik: who retained her seat. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A singer-songwriter, a surfing champion, a guitarist and LGBT campaigner, a disability crusader, a former party leader and eight former TDs are part o(...)

Disability Federation of Ireland chief executive John Dolan said the values underpinning recent budgets had been largely economic and focused on cuts.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Almost 60 per cent of charities have experienced a decrease in income over the past three years, according to an umbrella group that represents over 1(...)