The Taoiseach announced that Dr Martin McAleese has agreed to oversee implementation of the agreement. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Priory Hall residents have agreed to accept the Government’s deal which will allow them to finally leave behind the unsafe apartments from which they (...)

David Trimble and Seamus Mallon pictured with Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU at the Helix, DCU this afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Northern Ireland’s former Deputy First Minister Séamus Mallon has criticised the current Stormont Executive.“Every single important issue that has cro(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

Cheesiest Moment award: Enda Kenny’s personal note in his letter to David Cameron on the royal birth.

Enda’s speech on the Magdalene women was a stand-out moment. The emotion of the occasion got to everyone in the Dáil chamber that special night in (...)

Magdalene compensation

It would be a grave miscalculation for the four religious congregations that owned and operated the Magdalene laundries to persist in their refusal to(...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on their way into Leinster House to sit in the public gallery for the debate on the McAleese Magdalene report in February. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on the four religious orders who ran the Magdalene laundries to “reflect” on their refusal to pay into a redress schem(...)

The  plaque dedicated to Magdalane Laundry survivors in St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: PA

The four religious congregations that ran the Magdalene laundries have told the Government they will not make any financial contribution to the multim(...)

The Government should be praised for the humane manner in which it has dealt with the survivors of Magdalene laundries. From an inherited position whe(...)

Details of the fund that will be available to an estimated 700 women, many of them elderly, will be disclosed  this afternoon.

The Government has made a provision of at least €25 million to compensate former residents of Magdalene Laundries. It is also understood there is no p(...)

The Irish Human Rights Commission said Martin McAleese’s investigation into the institutions fell short as the remit did not allow him draw conclusions on the human rights obligations of the State.

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has repeated its 2010 call for a statutory inquiry into the Magdalene laundries.It also said comprehensive co(...)

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