Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shorthall TD said granting permission ‘could seriously risk local electrical and water infrastructure’.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Co-leader of the Social Democrats Róisín Shortall has urged Fingal County Council to refuse planning permission for a data centre close to Huntstown P(...)

An image of the proposed Charlestown apartments in north Dublin

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a €235 million, 590-unit build-to-rent apartment scheme for a site at Charlestown and St Margaret’s Road i(...)

A total of 7,429 children and teenagers are waiting for appointments with a public-health psychologist. Photograph posed by a model: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Jigsaw, a mental-health charity funded by the Health Service Executive, aims to advance the mental health of young people aged between 12 and 25 throu(...)

Sláintecare provides for a new healthcare card to be extended to everyone on a phased basis over five years. Photograph: Getty Images

Year on year, more and more public money gets pumped into a deeply dysfunctional and inequitable health system, while more and more patients are lyin(...)

Róisín Shortall (right) said ‘no effort’  being made to check whether schools are cutting costs for parents. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Schools have not yet received any of the financial rewards promised under an ambitious plan to encourage them to cut the cost of school uniforms and b(...)

State-paid senior doctors are richly rewarded for pushing their private patients to the head of the queue. Public patients pay the price for this.

It is beyond cruel to see in last night’s PrimeTime Investigates programme how the lives of public patients waiting to see consultants in State-funded(...)

Social Democrat Róisín Shorthall, alongside fellow party-member Catherine Murphy. Ms Shorthall says the party’s Bill would, if enacted, “eradicate one of the great discriminations of Irish society”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new Bill to be published by the Social Democrats on Thursday seeks to remove the “Baptism barrier” for primary school children. At present, oversub(...)

Ryan report: the Oblates point out that, according to the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, the indemnity agreement “was not based on any apportionment of responsibility for abuse”. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

The religious congregations that managed residential institutions for children have clearly been stung by the assertions of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and o(...)

Roisín Shortall:  ‘[The Government] thought it was just a matter of saying they’ll keep the recovery going, and most people were saying, what recovery, they hadn’t felt it.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has seriously misjudged the mood of the electorate, according to the Social Democrats. The party yesterday launched a final attempt to (...)

The Prime Time Investigates special on political corruption could  add up to no more than a slot on a TV history programme without firm action, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The significance of Monday’s RTÉ programme on political corruption will extend no further than Reeling in the Years unless the Government acts, Sinn F(...)

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