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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: are Oliver Callan’s barbs getting to him?  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

A clumsy attempt at comedy by Leo Varadkar on Thursday night had guests at a special dinner in Dublin wondering if comedian Oliver Callan’s well-aimed(...)

 Katherine Zappone said Tusla raised issues about the implementation of statutory Children First protections. File photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Scouting Ireland will not be brought before an Oireachtas Committee to address Tusla concerns over child protection procedures due to a lack of suppor(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said she shared the ‘huge concerns of parents about the safeguarding issues at Scouting Ireland’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Scouting Ireland will receive an extra €220,000 in State funding this year to go towards child-protection improvements, Minister for Children Katherin(...)

A Rethink Metrolink campaigner at Beechwood Luas stop in Rathmines. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The MetroLink project in south Dublin “won’t be happening” given its potential to disrupt commuter flow into the city for up to four years, Minister f(...)

Leo Varadkar receives a birthday cake from DCU students and staff in Ballymun. The guest list for the Taoiseach’s birthday party has been putting noses out of joint. Photograph:  Julien Behal

It’s been like living through the opening scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this week in Leinster House, with a cast of increasingly for(...)

Safeguarding expert Ian Elliott, who has been conducting the review into past abuse in the Scouting Ireland, said he expected the number of known victims to increase ‘quite considerably’.

A historic review of Scouting Ireland’s records has uncovered evidence of 108 alleged child sex abuse victims, and 71 alleged abusers believed to have(...)

Among 20 recommendations, the committee also suggests the Government should undertake research into the potential links between obesity, mental health, and the portrayal of body image on social media and in traditional media. File photograph: Getty Images

A ban on fast food restaurants within a certain distance of schools and amended regulations on the advertising of unhealthy foods are among recommenda(...)

Over the past five years the coastline of Portrane’s Burrow peninsula has receded by as much as 20m in sections, with major storms taking  chunks of land.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Some €500,000 worth of five-tonne concrete blocks are to be lowered on to a north Co Dublin beach over the coming weeks in an attempt to thwart the se(...)

From left: Jack Bates, Robyn Molloy, Georgia McKenna, David Gillick, Lee Grace, Hollie Kenny, Noel Fitzgerald and Skye Boylan train for the Fun to Run 5k park run. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The speaker and his audience lead lives that are poles apart, yet for a short time they connect in a securely fenced-off community centre behind the D(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has been accused of being ‘seriously politically disinterested’ in the BusConnects scheme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Shane Ross was heavily criticised at a private meeting of Fine Gael TDs and Senators on Wednesday night over his handling of th(...)

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