The former Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork: Plans for part of the site, identified in a 1949 map as ‘children’s burial ground’, is the subject of an emergency oral hearing before An Bord Pleanála next week. Photograph: Provision

The remains of 19 women who died at Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork, run by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, remain m(...)

Ms Litster wrote about the Bessborough home in Co Cork that the children in the nursery were ‘miserable scraps of humanity, wizened, some emaciated and almost all had rash and sores all over their bodies, faces, hands and heads’.

The Government is to establish a scholarship in memory of a Department of Local Government inspector who repeatedly raised concerns about mother and b(...)

External consultants on contact tracing were hired by the HSE. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive (HSE) strategy of hiring outside consultants is being questioned after it emerged it has spent over €700,000 a month sinc(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother-and-baby home, Co Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Dáil has approved controversial legislation that would transfer a database of 60,000 records created by a five-year State investigation into mothe(...)

Kildorrery National School: ‘Everyone’s anxious to get back at this stage’

School principals around Ireland are scrambling to get classrooms ready for the new term, but for Rachel Kelly, in the north Cork village of Kildorrer(...)

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring told the Dáil there is a difference between 5km in an urban and rural area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has called for a tweaking of the Covid-19 regulations to allow people in rural areas travel (...)

 Duncan Smith: “I don’t think at this point we should go into government, and it doesn’t change the mandate we got in February.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Supporters of Labour leadership contender Alan Kelly are split on whether the party should enter government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in the week(...)

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will probably be able to strike a deal with the group of nine Regional Independents which would give it a slim Dáil majority but it would be preferable to involve at least one other party in a government that will face huge challenges in the months ahead. Photograph: Steve Humphreys/Pool via Reuters

It is now almost two months since the general election and well past time that a new government was in place. Given the monumental scale of the health(...)

Sean Sherlock: ‘It is not feasible to exclude any party from the responsibility to act in the interest of the common good at this time.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Labour TD Seán Sherlock has said the party should enter talks on forming a “time bound” national unity government to deal with the coronavirus. The i(...)

The Dáil voted by 87 to 50 to retain the network in State ownership.

Final due diligence on the contract for the National Broadband Plan continues despite the Dáil voting by 87 to 50 to retain the network in State owner(...)

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