The Department of Housing was informed two years two years ago of the allegations of criminality at a time when Tánaiste Simon Coveney was minister. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is to set up an independent investigation into the manner in which his department and Dublin City Council handled i(...)

Tanya Ward, chief executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said Ireland needs to provide “a safe haven to a bigger group of refugee children”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Refugee children who have fled Syria experience considerable challenges after they reach Ireland and need greater support from schools, youth services(...)

Quinn Industrial Holdings senior executives Kevin Lunney, Liam McCafferty and Dara O’Reilly, who have been subjected to threats and intimidation over the past three years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Imagine, for a moment, that a US multinational employing hundreds of people in Ireland was the subject of a multi-year campaign of threats, intimidati(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told  his party’s TDs that Government and Opposition party leaders had agreed the byelections would be held in the last week in November. File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The four pending Dáil byelections look set to be held in the last week in November, with TDs pencilling in Friday 29th as the most likely date. Fiann(...)

A review of the case of “Mary”, who was fostered as a baby with her grandparents in rural Ireland in 2000, before finally being removed from them 14 years later, shows what can go wrong when health administrators either don’t care sufficiently about vulnerable children or are fearful of taking action. Photograph: iStock

When past horror stories about the abusive treatment of children – inside and outside of families – emerge into the light, there is a tendency to take(...)

From left, Stephen Donnelly; Micheál Martin; Thomas Byrne (Meath East); Timmy Dooley (Clare); with Lisa Chambers and Pat McPartland, Fianna Fáil Communications. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“They’re all in good form,” purred a Fianna Fáil frontbencher as he left a policy session at the party’s think-in in Gorey on Monday. “They’ve been on(...)

The vacant site at Church Street-Hammond Lane in Dublin. Over 10 years ago it was designated for a new family law and children’s court. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

One of Dublin’s most notorious and long-standing vacant plots of land, earmarked for a courts development for more than a decade, could be subject to (...)

A large security presence outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin earlier this year. In 2016, when the second Special Criminal Court began operation, its judges dealt with 60 offences or alleged offences. That dropped to 54 in 2017 and 51 last year. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The second Special Criminal Court, which was established amid controversy three years ago, is to be wound down due to falling case numbers. The non-j(...)

Ursula von der Leyen reacts after the European Parliament voted in favour of her as the new European Commission president. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Newly-elected European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen would back a further Brexit extension beyond October 31st, she told MEPs in Strasbour(...)

Maria Bailey TD (black dress) arrives at Church of the Assumption in Dalkey for the funeral of her father John who died on Tuesday. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Former Dublin GAA county chair and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillor John Bailey was a man of “compassion,” who was “dedicated to his family and the G(...)

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