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Alcohol is a poor resource in helping us to cope with stress or unhappiness. Indeed, far from drowning our sorrows, it may ‘teach them how to swim’. Photograph: PA

There has been much debate and discussion in Ireland recently about intoxicating substances and our relationship with them. In the past few days atten(...)

Survivors of Magdalene laundries: The Government has been asked to explain the lack of an independent inquiry into the laundries. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has been challenged by the UN Human Rights Committee on what measures it has taken “to prohibit all corporal punishment of children in (...)

Children carry provisions through a devastated area in Leyte four days after the typhoon. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

About 100 tonnes of emergency supplies from Ireland will arrive in the Philippines today as part of an international relief effort in the devastated (...)

 John Hartnett:  One of three new appointees announced yesterday.

Following the resumption of flights between Dublin and San Francisco, Aer Lingus is looking to further strengthen its ties with Silicon Valley through(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings today Thursday. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times.

The successful end to the final inspection of the State’s EU-IMF bailout is an “historic” event as it shows Ireland has come through a very difficult (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan held his final meeting with senior figures from the EU and IMF yesterday in the Netherlands

Sources in Brussels now expect Ireland to exit the bailout without a backstop in place. Officials believe that if Ireland deploys a one-year credit li(...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter has made contact with the Egyptian authorities on opening talks on a potential bilateral agreement between Ireland and Egypt on international abductions.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has contacted the Egyptian government to discuss a possible solution in the case of an Irish child abducted and brou(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore have made significantly different noises about potential spying by US authorities in Ireland and Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The belated disclosure by the Government that it has raised with the United States the issue of spying by the National Security Agency in Europe an(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore during a press conference with former US Diplomat Dr Richard Haass at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin today. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has today condemned the US for eavesdropping on the telephone conversations of European leaders.Mr Gilmore was speaking at the (...)

The euro zone banking system is about to be stress-tested and, as European Central Bank president Mario Draghi put it recently, the process will have to involve some banks failing the test if it is to have credibility.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

It has to be the case, doesn’t it, that someone in Government has over recent months licked a pencil, drawn a line down the centre of an A4 page, and (...)

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