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Joanne Hayes at the Tralee inquiry in 1985. This week’s apology to  Hayes by An Garda Síochána coincided with the Dáil debate on the recommendation that the Eighth Amendment be repealed. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

“Ireland is changing mother Tell yourself, tell your sons” (from “Ireland is Changing Mother”, by Rita Ann Higgins, 2011) Women suspected of being(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin outside Leinster House this week. Cork South West’s Margaret Murphy O’Mahony downplayed suggestions of rival groupings emerging but said the “mixed views” had to be heard. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil TDs who are against changing Ireland’s abortion laws are demanding that their voices be heard in the referendum campaign as divisions open(...)

Ellie Concannon, Aoibhe Briscoe and Kate Owens from Coláiste Iognaid, Galway with their project on microbeads and microplastics in water at the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Microplastic contamination of tap water at a number of Galway national schools was found by three first-year students in their research for the BT You(...)

The announcement by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that he will back the removal of the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution and support unrestri(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said part of leadership was to listen “and I want to listen to public opinion”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Leo Varadkar has dismissed suggestions that Micheál Martin’s declaration of support for repealing the Eighth Amendment had put pressure on the Taoisea(...)

White Strand, close to  Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, where the stabbed body of Baby John  was found on April 14th, 1984. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh Photography

Gardaí investigating the Kerry babies case, which was reopened by the cold case squad this week, do not intend to conduct mass DNA screening in the ar(...)

Micheál Martin: the Fianna Fáil leader on Thursday pledged to support the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Fianna Fáil TDs were left stunned on Thursday evening by an unexpected declaration by party leader Micheál Martin that he would vote for the proposal (...)

The 2016 census found that 399,815 people in Ireland lived alone. Image: iStock.

A move by British prime minister Theresa May to appoint a dedicated minister for loneliness has been described by a Fianna Fáil Senator as an “absolut(...)

A final recommendation will be made by the end of this month or early February on whether a new provision is needed in the Constitution to enable the (...)

Rowan Gillespie’s “The Victim”, from the Quinnipiac Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

It is to a Jewish bagel tycoon, born in 1930s Connecticut, that we owe the world’s largest collection of art relating to the Irish Famine. His name wa(...)

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