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Microbeads, found in some sunscreens, have become infamous for their impact on marine environments. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The manufacture and sale of products containing microbeads have been banned in the Republic after a Bill was signed into law on Thursday. The Microbe(...)

FAI board members leaving after their meeting with Minister for Sport Shane Ross at the Dáil on Tuesday evening.. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw:The Irish Times

The Football Association of Ireland has turned down a second invitation to appear before the Oireachtas Comittee on Transport, Tourism and Sport. In (...)

The commission heard  40% of energy-related emissions come from diesel and petrol vehicles and, in spite of Government commitments to move towards electric vehicles, that number would increase. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

More and better public transport and an increased use of environmentally friendly manufacturing materials need to happen urgently if Ireland is to hon(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly said he was disappointed with the timescale for the introduction of free contraception.

There was no money allocated in budget 2020 for a free contraception scheme, a committee has heard. The Joint Committee on Health heard on Wednesday (...)

Some two million documents consisting of the testimony of  institutional survivors  have been deposited with the National Archive. Photograph: Alan Betson

A report containing submissions from survivors of institutional child abuse will not be made public because it contains personal information. An Oir(...)

Justice Seán Ryan said ‘it appears that the total given in the report was derived by adding the yearly figures for the population in the institutions but that did not take account of the fact that children were counted in each year of detention’. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

New figures indicate that the number of children who went through institutions investigated by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse is about a q(...)

Salome Mbugua of Akidwa with Minister of State for Justice David Stanton. Ms Mbugua is critical of Direct Provision. File photograph: Tom Honan

In May, Akidwa, the national network of migrant women, submitted a report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality warning that women(...)

The Committee’s report on reform of the family law system, published on Thursday,  includes a recommendation  that funding should be allocated for the construction of a long-promised purpose-built family law complex on the Hammond Lane site. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Serious consideration should be given to granting automatic guardian rights to unmarried fathers, an Oireachtas Committee has recommended. The Joint(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. “This is Johnson’s deal and the one he will either get approved now or will go to the people with in an election.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

It was a messy compromise. Perhaps it was always going to be. And it was worth doing to avoid the chaos of a no-deal Brexit. But the more you look at (...)

DUP  leader Arlene Foster (centre), flanked by Nigel Dodds (left), and Jeffrey Donaldson, outside 10 Downing Street. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Democratic Unionist Party has said it will be “unable to support” the Brexit deal reacted between Boris Johnson’s British government and European (...)

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