Cathal Berry is contesting the newly-enlarged Kildare South constituency. Photograph: Michael Donnelly.

Dr Cathal Berry’s newly-opened campaign office in Newbridge has the air of a military command centre. In the middle of the room, a group are gathered(...)

Cathal Berry, former second in command of the Army Ranger Wing, photographed in Chad in 2008.

The former second in command of the Army Ranger Wing is to run in the forthcoming general election on a platform of improving conditions in the Defenc(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan highlighted figures released last week by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris that gardaí are responding to 30,000 domestic abuse calls every year.  Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda protective services units to provide professional and expert assistance to victims of domestic violence will be in place in every policing divis(...)

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton said it became apparent when drafting the legislation that in an effort to address one inequality it would create another inequality. Photograph: Collins

The Government has pledged to introduce fresh legislation that will give opposite sex couples the choice as to whether the man or woman avails of adop(...)

Leo Varadkar with Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel in Cheshire. Photograph: PA Wire

Leo’s green and pleasant performance in Cheshire should boost flagging spirits in Fine Gael, where the mood is not as chipper as some would like it to(...)

People gather outside the former Connemara Gateway Hotel after a    silent protest march  earlier this month. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The alternative to direct provision for asylum seekers is to house them in camps and containers like in France, Germany and other EU states, the Taois(...)

 Ruth Coppinger: she said that since the repeal of the Eighth Amendment “some right-wing and religious fundamentalist groups are now targeting the area of sex education, and oppose any change or progress in it”

Two TDs on opposite sides of the debate on abortion have clashed again in a Dáil debate about relationships and sexual education (RSE). Solidarity TD(...)

 Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said ‘I think it’s something we need to go after quickly. I would say four or five years would sort it out.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Schools are imposing reduced timetables on children in a way that “may not be solely child centred”, a landmark report on the issue warns. The report(...)

Prof Dan Siegel (left), Senator Frances Black, Mary Lovegrove and Michael Griffith from Mindful Nation Ireland, and UK MP Chris Ruane

It seems like a big ask – expecting politicians to set aside daily time to meditate so that they can focus better on the multiple demands on their att(...)

After 27 years in the Dáil and Seanad, Billy Kelleher has turned his face firmly towards Brussels in the May 24th election although a date for the selection convention has yet to be confirmed. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil enterprise spokesman Billy Kelleher has left his party leader Micheál Martin and the entire membership in no doubt about his electoral int(...)

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