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 Sally Mulready is a former resident of a mother and baby home on the Navan Road, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Sally Mulready, the London- based Irish community campaigner, has welcomed an inquiry into Ireland’s mother and baby homes and has sought a meeting(...)

President Micheal D Higgins laying a wreath to honour those who died during the Easter Rising in 1916. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State Brian Hayes has said he “fundamentally disagrees” with those who say members of Britain’s royal (...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

The Four Courts in Dublin. The High Court has lost a number of prominent judges recently and will be further depleted within months. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

More than 15 vacancies are expected to arise on the superior courts in the coming months, giving the Government a rare opportunity to reshape key part(...)

An order commencing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 from today was signed by Minister for Health James Reilly last month.

A law permitting abortion under limited circumstances comes into force today. An order commencing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 fro(...)

France has decided to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring religious neutrality in the public service.

France has decided to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring relig(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly: signed commencement order for Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 yesterday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

An order commencing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 from January 1st has been signed by Minister for Health James Reilly. The move wa(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has signed the commencement order for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. It comes into force on January 1st. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The order commencing the controversial Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 has been signed by Minister for Health James Reilly. The order and(...)

Six of the President’s seven nominees to the Council of State have made a submission to the Convention on the Constitution asking that it consider the appropriateness of office-holders having to take religious oaths, including  former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness. Photograph: Eric Luke

Six of the President’s seven nominees to the Council of State have made a submission to the Convention on the Constitution asking that it consider the(...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter speaking at the Central Count Centre at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A court of appeal will be established next year after the proposal was approved by a clear majority.Some 65 per cent voted Yes in the referendum to cr(...)

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