Joint Committee

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The vast majority of politicians still do not understand, in depth or breadth, the data protection and privacy issues that lie at the heart of a functional, transparent democracy. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Concern over the now infamous Public Services Card has been a slow build. A very slow build. The card was being discussed in the Dáil in 2005 – Fine(...)

A recent OECD study measuring the benefits of a third-level degree estimated that lifetime earnings for Irish graduates were boosted by about €320,000. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

With the CAO points published this week, many parents are preparing to send their children to third level for the first time. Along with the understan(...)

Sophia Byrne Singh from Dublin who joined childcare workers outside the Department of Finance earlier this month where postcards from the dole were delivered to Minister Paschal Donohoe to highlight the precarious contracts and lack of state investment for early years sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish parents are saddled with some of the highest childcare costs in Europe due to a lack of public investment in the sector, an Oireachtas committee(...)

State pensions cost about €7 billion a year to finance and will rise alongside an ageing population – the proportion of those aged 65 and over rose by 14.5 per cent between 2006 and 2011.

The mandatory retirement age should be scrapped in Ireland, allowing people to continue working and contributing to their pension pots, an Oireachtas (...)

An example of the public services card.

The State appears to be on a “collision course” with European law over its handling of major projects involving personal data, an Oireachtas committee(...)

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: Her report into the outcome of the assembly on abortion contained a series of recommendations agreed by the members by consensus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have called for better sex education in schools and for more support for pregnant women in Ireland. The report of (...)

The Department of Housing  is in ongoing discussions with the owners of Airbnb on putting together protocols for landlords advertising on the Airbnb lettings website. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New guidelines are being drawn up in an attempt to regulate short term leasing of homes across the State on websites such as Airbnb. An Oireachtas H(...)

Controversial legislation on fishing access to Irish waters would deliver an “open back door” to EU vessels and undermine Ireland’s position during Brexit talks. Photograph: Alan Betson

Controversial legislation on fishing access to Irish waters would deliver an “open back door” to EU vessels and undermine Ireland’s position during Br(...)

Senator Catherine Noone.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in priva(...)

AIB said it would typically provide debt financing for up to 65 per cent of the total cost of an apartment development, including the site value. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

AIB has decided it can start funding the building of apartments in parts of Dublin again – a decade after the property market imploded. The State-con(...)

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