Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan said 10 per cent of all crime was committed by children. The victims in these cases were let down, as were the 3,500 perpetrators because “every child must be given the opportunity to get away from a path of criminality”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sexual assault offenders should not be eligible for the juvenile diversionary programme because it is an inappropriate response to serious crime, the (...)

Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring clashed with Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny in the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin has been accused of “taking the Queen’s shilling” but failing to represent Ireland in a Dáil row over funding for Border areas post-Brexit. (...)

A number of cross-Border organisations were addressing the Oireachtas committee on Brexit challenges facing Border businesses. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/File

Businesses along the Border have already closed as a result of Brexit, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Pamela Arthurs, chief executive of the Eas(...)

Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Rural post offices are closing because people are not using them, according to the Minister for Rural Development, who said Irish consumers spent €615(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has confirmed that 140 more births suspected of being illegally registered are being examined by the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has confirmed that 140 more births suspected of being illegally registered are being examined by the Adoption (...)

Independent Alliance TD Sean Canney: has raised his concerns with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, on the exclusion of the Western Rail Corridor from the investment plan.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government will commit to establishing three elective-only hospitals in Galway, Cork and Dublin West as part of their national capital plan. Disc(...)

National Rehabilitation Hospital: Has rejected claims made in the Dáil as ’inaccurate’ and ’most unfair’

The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) has rejected as “inaccurate” and “most unfair” claims that the Dún Laoghaire facility operates a “cosy litt(...)

Prosthetic legs in the prosthetic centre at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The National Rehabilitation Hospital has been accused of operating a “cosy little cartel” by refusing to treat patients using prosthetic limbs if they(...)

A fracking facility in Preston:  Ireland  will join four other EU member states – Scotland, France, Germany and Bulgaria – and regions of a number of countries in banning  fracking on land on land. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Ireland has moved a step closer to banning onshore hydraulic fracturing after the Dáil passed a Fine Gael private member’s Bill, one of the first to p(...)

The site of the mass grave for children who died in  Tuam. What happened “is just so horrific, so terrible and such a shame on Ireland”, said Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Reflecting on the oppressive Ireland of mother and baby homes makes it easy to understand how Adolf Hitler was able to do what he did, the Dáil has he(...)

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