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Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

Constance Cassidy, centre, with a group of current and former female government ministers who gathered at Lissadell House in Sligo in July 2018, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the death of Countess Markievicz. Photograph: James Connolly

Frances Fitzgerald, Jan O’Sullivan and Heather Humphreys are members of the exclusive club of 19 women who have served as senior Government Ministers (...)

In Switzerland about two thirds of 15 year olds enter apprenticeships which are “highly valued” in their society, the  Oireachtas education committee has heard. Image: iStock

The prestige of apprenticeships has declined due to an “overwhelming” focus on college places and CAO points, an Oireachtas education committee has he(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s speech to the Fine Gael Ardfheis was ‘the clearest manifestation yet’ of what he promised he would deliver as Fine Gael leader. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When he ran to be leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar told his party that if it stood for everything it would stand for nothing. “Being all things to (...)

Builders pictured carrying out remedial work on November 5th at Tyrrelstown Educate Together School. The school had closed to pupils due to building defects Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Parents of some pupils at a school which is at the centre of structural concerns are refusing to send their children back to class over safety fears. (...)

Threshold statement: ‘Threshold wishes to apologise for the lack of clarify and any public misinformation arising around the concept of a ‘viewing fee’ being a growing phenomenon’ Photograph: iStock

Housing charity Threshold has apologised for incorrectly claiming that prospective tenants were being asked by landlords to pay “viewing fees” to be a(...)

Eoghan Murphy wants local authorities to build more hubs. Photograph: Tom Honan

Protestations from Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, that local authorities are not doing enough to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis are (...)

Dublin remains the centre of the State’s homelessness problem with 1,352 families accessing homeless services in the region out of a national total of 1,754. There were 2,858 children in such services in the capital in June

The number of homeless people in the State increased slightly in June to almost 9,900, Department of Housing figures show. A total of 6,048 adults ar(...)

The plan, which was launched by former minister for housing Simon Coveney, aimed to eliminate homelessness and to rapidly increase the supply of housing, most particularly social housing, by 2021. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It was billed as ambitious and imaginative in its reach, and radical in its approach but, two years on, has the Government’s plan to end the housing c(...)

 At the Traveller cross-party Oireachtas group were (from left) Oein de Bhairdiún; Sindy Joyce; Thomas McCann; Jan O’Sullivan TD; and Senator Colette Kelleher. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Members of the Traveller community called for reparations, a State apology and the banning of the word “knacker” at an event in Dublin on Tuesday. T(...)

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