Jennifer Whitmore is a founding member of the Social Democrats. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Jennifer Whitmore (45), a Social Democrats councillor for the Greystones area, is a first-time TD for Wicklow. The mother of four was a founding memb(...)

Social democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall said it was an indictment of Ireland that 100,000 children live in poverty. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Social Democrats have pledged to eliminate child poverty in its entirely over the course of a government term. Party co-leader Róisín Shortall sa(...)

More detailed recovery plans are needed for key species including farmland birds (notably the curlew); wintering waterbirds and breeding seabirds ‘to reverse devastating declines’, according to BirdWatch Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Biodiversity in Ireland “is in A&E and needs the full backing of political parties and the public working together to halt and reverse declines in(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured during a media briefing at Government Buildings. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

As we face into the second week of the general election campaign we can expect many spending promises with the main parties due to launch their housin(...)

Donor breast milk is crucially important for mothers who cannot produce enough milk for their newly-born infants, and can be a life-saving elixir in the case of premature babies. Photograph: iStock

Irish maternity hospitals receive donor breast milk via a volunteer group known as Blood Bikes – motorcyclists who give their free time to deliver ess(...)

Six months after the HSE’s breastfeeding implementation group drafted a Staff Breastfeeding in the Workplace policy, the document has yet to be implemented. Photograph: iStock

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has been accused of setting an “abysmal example” in its efforts to encourage Irish women to breastfeed because it h(...)

 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

“The emergency is clear – we are destroying our children’s future, their natural ecosystem, their climate, their mental wellbeing and their quality of life.” Photograph: Getty Images

Wicklow County Council has become the first local authority in Ireland to declare “a biodiversity and climate-change emergency”, recognising the need (...)

Rhonda Gerrish with her daughter Lauren and son Nathan in the new inclusive playground at the South Beach in Greystones. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Special needs children have helped formally open what is billed as one of Ireland’s most inclusive playgrounds. The playground in Greystones, Co Wic(...)

Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath in Greystones, Co Wicklow

A fire broke out over the weekend at Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath, in Greystones, Co Wicklow, where work to address fire safety flaws found more than a y(...)

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