The proposals come just days after Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said a more liberal and progressive attitude towards illegal drugs was needed. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland should follow the example of Portugal and offer counselling and other assistance to people caught by gardaí with small quantities of drugs rat(...)

Major Easter Rising commemorations in Dublin city centre in April 2006 for the event’s 90th anniversary. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some €48 million has been allocated to complete the Ireland 2016 Easter Rising commemoration programme. Most of the money, some €31 million, will be (...)

Wicklow film maker Simon Fitzmaurice at  the international festival premiere of his first feature film My Name is Emily at the Toronto Film Festival.

Wicklow film maker Simon Fitzmaurice has attended the international festival premiere of his first feature film My Name is Emily at the Toronto Fil(...)

 Ian Smith, Jodie Milne and Andrew Branagan, participants in the Future Voices programme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It took five months to find the body of Mairead Healy’s brother after he took his own life at the age of 21 in the River Foyle in Derry. Workin(...)

 Mubashra Kabir, originally from Pakistan and who was receiving Irish citizenship, with her husband Kabir Ahmed and their daughters Ghaniya and Areesha at the Citizenship Ceremonies in the National Convention Centre on Friday morning. More than 2,700 people were made Irish citizens. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Kabir Ahmed stood outside Dublin’s Convention Centre in the sunshine on Friday, holding the future of Ireland in his arms. Areesha Kabir and Ghaniya K(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and former taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the launch of Ireland 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Relatives of those who fought in the Easter Rising will be invited to head a parade which will be main event of the Easter Rising centenary commemorat(...)

The number of one-teacher schools in the country could rise to 60 by next September, a seven-fold increase in just two years, the Dáil has been told.

The number of one-teacher schools in the country could rise to 60 by next September, a seven-fold increase in just two years, the Dáil has been(...)