Catherine Byrne

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One in four adults in the Republic have taken an illegal drug at least once in their lifetime. Drug use among young people is on the rise, while there(...)

Minister of State for Drugs Catherine Byrne, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris  at the publication of the national drugs strategy. Photograph: Collins

Drug campaigner groups have welcomed the news the Government is considering decriminalising possession of small quantities of drugs. Possession of dr(...)

The working group will be also asked to provide an analysis of alternative approaches to criminal sanctions for drug possession.

The possession of small quantities of drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis for personal use could be decriminalised under proposals being anno(...)

Senator Fintan Warfield said many teachers had expressed their fears about the narrow confines of the syllabus.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Many students are not receiving an adequate sex education because of their schools’ ethos, Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield has claimed. He told the(...)

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with new Ministers of State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hasn’t it always been thus? The fresh-faced new leader poses with his hand-picked ensemble cast on the steps of Government Buildings. The brand new (...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with his Ministers of State at Government Buildings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John Paul Phelan: Local Government and Electoral Reform (Housing) The same age as the Taoiseach at 38, the Carlow-Kilkenny TD is one of his strongest(...)

Mary Mitchell O’ Connor: legislation would be required if she was to accept the pay increase for her appointment as a super junior Minister by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary Mitchell O’Connor may be forced to forego a pay increase to keep her role as a super junior Minister. Ms O’Connor was appointed a Minister of St(...)

The conference was told by Dr Fergal Hickey “the only reason that cocaine doesn’t get the bad press that it should get is that it’s deemed to be a middle-class or upper-class drug.”

The introduction of roadside drug testing may be having the inadvertent effect of tackling the “epidemic” of over-the-counter painkiller abuse in Irel(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney TD pictured at his Fine Gael leadership campaign rally in Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Simon Coveney told supporters at a rally in Cork on Saturday night that if his rival Leo Varadkar wins the Fine Gael leadership contest, he will “shak(...)

 Enda Kenny: one source at the Fine Gael meeting said the Taoiseach’s departure was “clinical”

In all, the meeting where Enda Kenny announced he was standing down as Fine Gael leader lasted just seven minutes. It had been due to start at 5.30pm,(...)

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