Fianna Fáil leader, Micheal Martin: has told his frontbench TDs to be much more assertive. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The fourth floor of the modern annex to Leinster House is where the journey from Opposition to Government Buildings is plotted. Up there, overlookin(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

Atlantic Philanthropies, founded and financed by billionaire Chuck Feeney, gave away €1.1 billion in Ireland through 1,030 grants over 30 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

It ended as it began – quietly, low key, with no fanfare. The Dublin office of Atlantic Philanthropies closed this week as billionaire Chuck Feeney, w(...)

Katherine Zappone described recent attempts to exclude former president Mary McAleese from an associated event in the Vatican along with “the airbrushing out of images of LGBTI families from certain church literature related to this event” as “a source of serious concern”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rome’s unusual cold snap should be well gone by the time St Patrick’s Day rolls around in a couple of weeks, but we trust there won’t be a frosty atmo(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: “LGBTI families, like all families, should be celebrated and not excluded – that’s the message that should be coming not just from the World Meeting of Families, but from all who believe in justice, equality and fairness.” File photograph: Getty Images

A Government Minister has said the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families, to take place in Dublin next August, must not be used to “exclude, iso(...)

The horrendous crime of rape may result in pregnancy. When it does, some argue the foetus should be regarded as an aggressor and be expelled by abortion. File photograph: Getty Images

Certain elements in the current abortion debate are reminiscent of a famous clash of ideas between the two Greek thinkers Heraclitus and Parmenides. T(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said  she ‘expects all groups supported by her department to meet every standard on protection and safety’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A full report on child protection standards in Scouting Ireland is being sought by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone “as a mat(...)

The remains of a significant number of juveniles were found at the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Galway historian Catherine Corless, whose work resulted in the discovery of the remains of hundreds of babies and infants on the site of the former mo(...)

Wexford TD Mick Wallace said Pobal was  paid €13.5 million in 2016 for  work for the Department of Children when “they’re supposed to be a not-for-profit charity.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Government departments are not obliged to seek tenders from “in house” State agencies for contract work, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has s(...)

UCD is to re-designate over 170 toilets across the entire campus as “gender neutral” and introduce transgender changing facilities at its sport centre. Photo: iStock

UCD is to re-designate more than 170 toilets across the entire campus as “gender neutral” and introduce transgender changing facilities at its sport c(...)

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