A case over alleged breaches of childcare regulations by Giraffe creche in Stepaside was struck out by the Dublin District Court yesterday after a judge ruled the Child and Family Agency did not have legal standing to bring the prosecution.

Judge rules agency does not have legal basis to take action against creche featured in ‘Prime Time’ investigation

Water usage: to use less than the amount at which the State charges kick in will not be easy and will require a complete change of habits.

To pay less than the set cap, you will have to severely curtail your current water usage

Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive of Tusla- Child and Family Agency and Suzanne O’Brien who spent time in foster care. Inspectors have found a number of foster care households had not had visits from professionals to check if children’s needs were being addressed. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Hiqa report finds vulnerable children going without visits from professionals

Philomena Lee says Senator Averil Power’s  Bill would other women who were separated from their sons and daughters by adoption. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Philomena Lee backs law which would help women separated from sons and daughters by adoption

Capped charges mean average cost per litre will fall well below European average

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly, who will unveil the final water charges plan today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

New charges will be fixed at €160 for families and €60 for single adult houses

Áine Mannion (left) and Aideen Elliott of We’re Not Leaving which launched a proposal document, All Mod Cons, about the private rented sector yesterday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

We’re Not Leaving movement says measures would limit rent increases

 Minister of State  for Justice and Equality  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: said the department was considering the ruling. In the meantime,  the “ball was back in the Government’s court” in terms of tackling deficiencies in the system.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister says new working group offers chance of creating a more humane system

An adult bedbug, known as Cimex lectularius. Photograph: Piotr Naskrecki/Reuters

Pest control experts say parasitic insects are growing problem in Dublin area

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