Regina Doherty

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Leo Varadkar receives a birthday cake from DCU students and staff in Ballymun. The guest list for the Taoiseach’s birthday party has been putting noses out of joint. Photograph:  Julien Behal

It’s been like living through the opening scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this week in Leinster House, with a cast of increasingly for(...)

Members of the INMO and the Psychiatric Nurses Association are scheduled to stage a series of strikes in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nurses have said pay is not the cause of the planned strikes to take place in the weeks ahead, but it is the solution. The Irish Nurses and Midwives (...)

The number of long-term claimants on the register last month was 79,542, down 18.8 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier

The number of people on the Live Register fell to its lowest since April 2008 last month, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show. Accord(...)

Example of Public Services Card: Not ‘mandatory’ – but ‘necessary’

What is the purpose of the Public Services Card (PSC)? My experience this week is that it is incapable of providing an obvious, beneficial service. Ye(...)

In total, 55,652 fathers have availed of paternity benefit since the programme’s inception in September 2016. Photograph: iStock

Only about 40 per cent of men who have just become fathers are availing of paternity benefit, new figures released by the Department of Social Protect(...)

“Credit unions are not banks,” said one Minister, adding that they usually “look after” people who may usually have difficulty accessing credit from banks. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Proposals brought before Cabinet this week to allow credit unions to expand their business by offering higher-risk loans led to concerns from a number(...)

Racehorse trainer Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle Stables in Rosegreen, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has eased rules regulating the hours worked by racehorse trainers’ staff ahead of one of the industry’s busiest weeks. The move comes (...)

Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

Constance Cassidy, centre, with a group of current and former female government ministers who gathered at Lissadell House in Sligo in July 2018, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the death of Countess Markievicz. Photograph: James Connolly

Frances Fitzgerald, Jan O’Sullivan and Heather Humphreys are members of the exclusive club of 19 women who have served as senior Government Ministers (...)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty: “Ireland has been in the vanguard of promoting equal rights for the LGBTIQ community.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An attempt by Austria to placate opponents of LGBTIQ rights by deleting references to them in an EU declaration has been roundly rejected by other EU (...)

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