Freight lorries queueing at the check-in area for the Port of Dover in Kent, where Channel traffic has begin to build up following a quiet start to the year. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Irish companies hoping that difficulties in trade with Britain could be eased by tweaks to the rules from Brussels may be in for a disappointment. Th(...)

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the reality of Brexit required the management of very “damaging developments”.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he and British prime minister Boris Johnson are determined to put in new arrangements this year that will “renew and(...)

A freight lorry leaves Dublin Port earlier this week.  The FTAI has warned of a ‘growing backlog of goods’ sitting in depots because there are not enough agents to process the paperwork. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Supermarket shelves could be soon be stripped bare, prices will climb and supply chains will be badly disrupted unless the Government tackles Brexit-r(...)

President Michael D Higgins: The State must bear primary responsibility for failing to provide appropriate supports for these tens of thousands of young women and their children. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has said the State and Catholic Church “bear a heavy responsibility” for the “violation of fundamental rights” of women an(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster  and  Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photogaph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Executive ministers have “vented their frustration” at what they say is failure of the Government in Dublin to provide locator forms about pe(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: Made State apology. Photograph: EPA/Julien Behal

Religious orders involved in the running of mother and baby homes must contribute to any redress scheme, survivors have said. The Government, as the(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman and Minister of State at the Department of Children Anne Rabbitte hosted a webinar with mother and baby home survivors. Photograph: Julien Behal

Helplines for survivors of institutional abuse have been “extremely busy” with some callers too upset to speak and while others “just cried”, followin(...)

‘As a nation, it is important to understand and accept the failings of our past’. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The full statement of Taoiseach Micheál Martin on the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes: It is the duty of a repub(...)

 Catherine Martin is understood to have raised the issue of Department of Health pay rise at Cabinet. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Culture Catherine Martin raised the €90,000-plus salary increase for the next head of the Department of Health at the cabinet meeting tod(...)

Philomena Lee, with her son Kevin and daughter Jane, and Mary Lawlor (right) from Adoption Rights Alliance at a commemorative service on the grounds of the former Sean Ross Abbey mother and baby home in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, in 2014. File photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Mother and baby home survivor Philomena Lee has said she is “dismayed” that portions of the final report of the State investigation into the homes wer(...)

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