The plan will see a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes

Government announces €1.5bn social housing plan

10.05 The Government has announced housing targets for every local authority area in the country for the period to 2017, with the intention of cutting the social housing waiting list by 25%.

Tusla has apologised for the shortcomings discovered by the review

Child protection review critical of some services

26 Mar An independent review of 12 deaths of children who were in State care or known to child protection services has criticised a series of shortcomings in the State's social work and mental health services.

The action will be heard at Belfast County Court

71% oppose action over bakery gay marriage stance

23 Mar Seven out of ten of Northern Ireland's adults oppose legal action being taken against a bakery for refusing to supply a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage, according to an opinion poll.

Jan O'Sullivan published the Draft General Scheme of the Retention of Records Bill earlier this month

Govt plans to seal abuse documents for 75 years

23 Mar The Aislinn Group, which has supported thousands of survivors of institutional child abuse, has accused the Government of re-abusing them by planning to lock away all documents relating to the Ryan Report and the Redress Board.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien was Archbishop of the St Andrews and Edinburgh diocese from 1985 until 2013

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal O'Brien

20 Mar Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the disgraced Irishman who resigned two years ago as Archbishop of Edinburgh after admitting to sexual misconduct.

There had been concerns that the text would not allow opposite sex couples to marry

Irish version of proposed amendment to be changed

10 Mar Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed that the Irish wording of the proposed amendment to the Constitution in the same-sex marriage referendum is to be changed following suggestions that it might have unintended consequences if passed.