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A United Against Racism rally in Dublin last November calling for an end to the direct provision system for asylum seekers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This month marks the second anniversary since an independent working group reported to the Government on the protection process and recommended improv(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has appointed Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan to examine the recording of breath testing. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil has criticised Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan for again failing to offer satisfactory explanations as to how the breath test controv(...)

Dutch researchers concluded that “substance-orientated drug education programmes, either purely factual or using scare tactics, had a stimulating effect on drug experimentation”.

In the past few weeks, two young Cork men died as a result of synthetic drug use. The deaths have prompted some second-level teachers to ask people wh(...)

Minister of State for Finance Eoghan Murphy: “A potential recommendation emerging from our work is around the establishment of a fully functioning insurance fraud database here.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Motor insurance fraudsters are travelling from the UK to the Republic to stage crashes and target what they see as a lucrative and exploitable compen(...)

Pat Hickey at the Rio Games. The Deloitte report on the Olympic Council of Ireland is due to be presented to the council’s emergency general meeting on Thursday night. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

It seems like impeccable timing that two Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) executives, John Delaney and Kevin Kilty, have left just as the Deloitte rep(...)

Retirement age ‘will probably increase to 70 and above in the coming years’

With retirement age for the State pension set to rise to 68 by 2028, and very few people able to retire with a private pension at 65 anymore, we look(...)

Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland: “The reduction in the rates of Universal Social Charge is  a welcome development as it will reduce the cost of creating employment and supports all workers across the economy.” File photograph: Getty Images

Strong reactions, positive and negative, to Budget 2017 are being felt. Here are some of the more notable responses. Public investment must be priori(...)

The Illawarra Pipe Band perform during the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Sydney: why couldn’t the diaspora’s Australian senator use the Irish embassy in Canberra as his or her administrative base and for video links to meetings of the chamber? Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

As the Oireachtas reconvenes, the newly elected members of Seanad Éireann have been fast off the mark in pushing the proposed reforms of the second ch(...)

December 2015: flooding along the banks of the Shannon near Athlone town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Paddy Kavanagh and his wife, Pat, spent much of last Christmas in a hotel, after flood water and raw sewage flowed into their home at Carrickobrien, a(...)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London in February. Photograph: Reuters

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be questioned by Swedish prosecutors inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, in a possible breakthrough to the (...)

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