Tánaiste  Simon Coveney: ‘We can’t allow, in a no-deal scenario for example, for Northern Ireland effectively to become a backdoor that’s unguarded into the European Union single market and customs union’. Photograph: Julien Behal

Ireland cannot allow Northern Ireland to be used as a backdoor to take Ireland out of the EU by default, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sim(...)

The crude divorce rate in Ireland is 0.6 per cent, according to the Eurostat.

Ireland’s divorce rate remains remarkably low when compared with the rest of Europe and the wider world. According to the April 2016 census, as publi(...)

Construction industry: cited by Tasc  as an example where the proportion of self-employed has grown from 25 per cent in 2006 to 38 per cent in 2015. Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Ireland’s tax system is assisting the growing practice of “bogus self-employment”, according to a new report by Tasc, the independent social change t(...)

NewsBrands Ireland said the State’s defamation laws had a chilling effect on the media’s role as the watchdog of the public. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is time for Ireland’s defamation laws to be “brought into line with the rest of Europe”, NewsBrands Ireland has said. In a statement to mark Wor(...)

Ireland’s civil servants feel significantly underappreciated by the citizens they serve, with just 19 per cent believing their work is valued by the public, according to an employee survey. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s civil servants feel significantly underappreciated by the citizens they serve, with just 19 per cent believing their work is valued by the p(...)

In Britain 7.9 per cent of the population is non-British national. Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly one in eight people living in Ireland comes from abroad, according to research by Eurostat published on Friday. The European statistics agenc(...)

The Bishop of Ossory Séamus Freeman welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education Jan O’ Sullivan that her Department had agreed to build the new schools.

Ireland’s oldest Catholic secondary school, St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, has provided a site to a non-denominational patron for two new schools in th(...)

The crescent moon above the Dublin Mosque on the South Circular Road. Photograph: David Sleator.

Ireland’s Muslim community is being urged to reach out to neighbours of all faiths by hosting a Ramadan Iftar (fast-breaking dinner) in their mosques (...)

Bishops attend the  canonisation mass of John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, in the Vatican City. Photograph: Getty

Ireland’s new ambassador to the Holy See is Emma Madigan, who had been an assistant chief of protocol at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (...)