A report looked at the financial models of more than 400 private and community childcare facilities and found 70 per cent of their costs was made up of wages and on average, they operated on a breakeven basis. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Katherine Zappone says benefits for ‘squeezed middle’ depend on level of investment

There are currently three judicial vacancies; one at Supreme Court level and two at Circuit Court level. File photograph: Getty Images

Independent Alliance minister also calls for declaration of interests for judges

Feedback on the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy will be collated and a revised strategy will be brought to Minister for State for Equality David Stanton. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy to be signed off by end of 2016

Age Action wants the abolition of prescription charges for medical card holders, and restoration of the fuel and telephone allowance. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

More than 85,000 people over 65 are living in deprivation, Irish charity says

There will be a drop in quality and availability of child care if the Government does not address a “crisis” in the industry in the upcoming Budget, Early Childhood Ireland has warned.

Second year of free pre-school ‘too difficult’ to deliver, warns Early Childhood Ireland

Sinead Ní Dhulaing Johnson was subjected to an overdose of chemotherapy medication

Medical Council told of allegations by husband of chemo overdose patient against oncologist

A toddler found soaking wet in a park with her drunk and unconscious father has been taken into the care of the State, the Dublin District Family Court has heard.  File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Girl was soaking wet when she was discovered in her buggy in a park, court hears

Luas  passengers   at Heuston station:  public disorder figures show there were 177 incidents of anti-social behaviour reported by Luas drivers so far this year, 40 thefts, 62 threats to staff and 24 threats to the public. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Luas drivers reported 320 incidents this year, while customer complaints also down

 Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “High costs have had a devastating impact on gender equality.” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Body welcomes new system of subsidising childcare being considered by Government

Care Leavers’ Network Ireland calls for €80 million extra for Tusla in budget

Senator Michael McDowell: former attorney general and minister for justice has   endorsed motion    from two other Independent Senators. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Suggestion of register of interests for judges dropped from Seanad motion

“If there was greater recruitment of social workers, more staff could be dedicated to foster care teams . . . There would be less need for private foster care companies.” Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Profits of private companies could be used to build State’s resources

Placing a child in private foster care costs an average of €58,000 per year, more than three times the amount individual foster carers receive, new figures show. File photograph: iStock

Tusla paid €18.35m to nine companies last year to source, vet and support carers

The average awards made by the Injuries Board for car crash claims have been stable for the past six or seven years, an Oireachtas committee examining price increases in car insurance has been told.

Injuries Board says money paid out has been static despite rises in insurance premiums

More than 60,000 students are due to get their Junior Cert results today.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Results in 26 subjects may be obtained online after 4pm or directly from schools

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission chairwoman Isolde Goggin said statements signalling motor insurance price rises could result in “a degree of unspoken co-ordination” between rival insurers. File photograph: Getty Images

Commission checking if insurers have signalled premiums rises to each other

The Bar Council maintains that legal costs play only a small part in the rise in insurance premiums.

Legal costs play ‘a very small role’ in insurance costs, Oireachtas committee told

Cryptosporidium is a parasite that causes gastrointestinal illness.

Boil water notice continues to be in operation for 46,500 people whose supply is affected

School sex education can be negative,  and young people in Ireland  disliked their own teachers delivering it, according to a new study. File photograph: Getty Images

Teachers who protect students from ridicule increase engagement in subject, researchers find

The EPA warned Irish Water about risks of cryptosporidium contamination at a Co Mayo water scheme last year, it has emerged. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

EPA warned utility about cryptosporidium threat at Lough Mask water scheme last year

Three people have been killed and two others seriously injured in weekend road crashes. Photograph: The Irish Times

RSA appeals for people to take personal responsibility on the roads

Two children were taken into care in March 2012 following concerns about substance abuse, domestic violence and neglect, Rosario Boyle SC told the High Court. File photograph: Getty Images

District Court judge had already heard 29 days of evidence and was to hear further days

Protest outside the Iranian embassy in Dublin by academics against the incarceration of Prof Homa Hoodfar. Photograph: The Irish Times

Prof Homa Hoodfar held on charges including collaborating with hostile government

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross at the launch of the Irish Tourism Industry Awards in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Shane Ross dismisses the sector’s ‘prophets of doom’ at the launch of industry awards

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said it would be illegal to allow private cars use bus lanes during a two-day Dublin Bus strike which starts at midnight. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister calls on management at the bus company and unions to ‘get talking again’

A spokeswoman for Beaumont  Hospital said every effort was made to admit patients based on clinical need

Head of neurosurgical unit says there were no beds on Friday for nine patients with malignant tumours

Retired judge Barry White argued that he needed to continue working due to economic necessity. Photograph: Collins Courts

Stay put on High Court decision to let former judge Barry White (71) return to work

David O’Callaghan of Yeomanstown Stud arriving at Naas District Court to face charges, with his parents, concerning animal remedies

Illegally held animal remedies found at Yeomanstown Stud, Naas court told

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton has appointed five new members to the Student Grants Appeals Board. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Bruton announces new members and online system for Student Grants Appeals Board

Michael Byrne, from Louth, who has been to every all-Ireland hurling final since 1947.   Photograph: Jimmy Weldon

Michael Byrne (87) will also be celebrating 53 years of marriage with wife Maura

Innocent victim (42) who was killed in Spain was drainage inspector with Dublin City Council

Judge Brendan Toale: said he was satisfied the interim care order for the baby should continue for another 28 days. Photograph: Collins/Courts

Infant girl born to mother addicted to drugs was taken into care at birth

Culture of openness and transparency needed, says Independent Victor Boyhan

President Michael D Higgins: features in four-part series ‘The Joe Jackson Tapes Revisited’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Radio series pulled from RTÉ last year because of legal dispute to air on Wednesday

Tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games marked with the name of the Olympic Committee of Ireland. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Arrests, seized tickets, emails and two very differing accounts of the same meeting

Judges claimed more than €780,000 in expenses in the first half of 2016, new Courts Service figures show. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Largest claim, for €24,500, was made by District Court judge, new figures show

Judge Gerard Furlong at the  Dublin District Family Court said he was formally warning a mother that her liberty was in jeopardy if she frustrated a court order on breaching an access order regarding her child. “I am very serious when I give you that warning: you are sailing close to the wind,” he said. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Mother claimed daughter aged 15 was assisting with personal care of disabled father

Orla O’Connor, director of National Women’s Council of Ireland, said the account “highlighted the experience so many women go through”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

But Orla O’Connor of National Women’s Council of Ireland says they were courageous

The Courts Service plans to build a €40 million child and family court complex on a .45 hectare site at Hammond Lane, close to Church Street, to open in 2020.

Move to insert park on part of Dublin city site earmarked for modern family court

 Judge Brendan Toale extended the order preventing reporting of details of the case. Photograph: Collins

As long as potential for charges is realistic, restriction will continue, says judge

Willie McAteer, former director of finance at Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Eric Luke

Supporters and family members speak in court on behalf of the three defendants

Applicants in Cork, Carrick-on-Shannon, Cavan, Ennis, Longford, Portlaoise and Wicklow waited up to 24 weeks. In Dublin, Sligo and Galway the delay was up to three months long

Delay of up to 52 weeks for hearing in Wexford, Tullamore and also Dundalk

Smithfield Square (above), “a large urban public space and park”, and two other smaller squares for public use are only “yards away” from the Hammond Lane site. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Amendment to city council plan would rezone part of Hammond Lane site for park

Separation hearings take up to 52 weeks to be listed in Wexford, Tullamore and Dundalk

 When requested, waste companies will have to provide the names and addresses of people who do pay bin charges to local authorities. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Authorites will be able to target households not separating food properly under new laws

A report by Health Information and Quality Authority has identified serious risks in the Midlands child protection and welfare services, which covers counties Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford.

Priority child protection cases that were unallocated were known about ‘for years’

Former Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan Seán Conlan

Former Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan faces allegations of assault in pub

Carrickmacross District Court: it is alleged by Louth County Council  that farmer John Hoey polluted water at Corcreaghy, Dundalk,  last September.

John Hoey allegedly breached discharge licence

In his statement of affairs, former Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney said he had “€0” cash-in-hand. Photograph: The Irish Times

Creditors rejected personal insolvency arrangement, court documents show

The former chief executive of the Rehab Group, Angela Kerins, arriving at the High Court in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

Central to the case is whether PAC had the jurisdiction to question Rehab boss

The authority carried out 741 inspections at 561 disability centres in 2015.  Inspection reports were published in 577 cases and only 49 of these found no action was required to comply with national standards.

Health watchdog receives nearly 1,800 notifications of alleged or confirmed abuse

The former chief executive of the Rehab Group, Angela Kerins, arriving at the High Court in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ex-Rehab chief will have to reveal ‘very private matters’ to pursue case, says counsel

The judge at the Dublin District Family Court reserved her decision on the case to later in July. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Son tells Family Court relationship has been strained since mother had him as teenager

From July 25th to August 7th, all Dublin Bus, Luas, Dart and commuter rail short hops will be free to children, provided their cards contain at least one cent credit. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Leap card holders go free on Dublin Bus, Luas and Dart from July 25th

John Hoey at his Annacroft livestock farm outside Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. The five remaining cattle on his land were shot by soldiers. Photograph: Pat Byrne

Criminal Assets Bureau had €3.48 million judgment against landowner John Hoey

Keith O’Reilly of Temple Street hospital: an increase in requests for the records ahead of criminal trials for child sexual abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Head of abuse unit highlights increase in requests for records of children

The ISPCA has described the shootings of five heifers by soldiers on a farm in Co Monaghan as ‘horrific and unnecessary’.

ISPCA describes the shooting of cattle during Monaghan bankruptcy seizure as ‘horrific’

Most of John Hoey’s herd was removed, but five animals proved difficult to catch and, with the approval of the Department of Agriculture, were shot in situ.

Animals were ‘wild and dangerous’ and could not be caught, says official assignee

Paul Iwala from Cabra busking while playing his recorder at Coppinger Row in Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Performers will be required to have repertoires that are at least 30 minutes long

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Seán Fleming has said the committee has written to the Health Service Executive, which provides funding to the Saint John of God Group, and invited representatives to attend a hearing in the next couple of weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Public accounts committee to question HSE on charity’s possible breach of pay cap

Divorce was introduced in Ireland 20 years ago.

Madigan denies pandering to anti-divorce segments by not changing law further

A woman who claims abuse by her partner applied  for a temporary barring order on an ex-parte basis,  and swore to the truth of a statement prepared in advance for the Dublin District Family Court. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin District Family Court grants mother temporary barring order

In order to remain with old plans, Greyhound customers must email, call or fill out a slip provided, the company said. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Company has given customers until August 1st to make their choice

327 cases referred to reporting service confirmed as containing child sexual abuse

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said when the Fines Act 2014 takes full effect the figures on imprisonment for fines will change dramatically.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Irish Prison Service report shows overall numbers sent to prison rose to highest in five years

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “There are very serious issues in the justice area, particularly around the European arrest warrant, which has served us very well.”

Minister for Justice says issues include Border and European arrest warrants

Dr  Joanne Nelson: “We are chasing best practice and we have a very long way to go,” she told conference in Sligo on responding to children who disclose sexual abuse. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Average age of children seen last year was seven, Dr Joanne Nelson tells conference

Dublin District Family Court at Dolphin House:  the decrepit conditions would not be tolerated in the shining Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Domestic violence victims are denied dignity when they are most in need of it

Retired judge Aindrias Ó Caoimh says UK colleagues have huge impact in Europe

State’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon. Mr Shannon has said legislation should be introduced compelling schools to have a strong disciplinary code on bullying and cyberbullying. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection calls for new legislation at EU forum

When the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board was first established, applications were in the 100s, peaking in December 1999, with 301 for one District Court post. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

JAAB annual report shows number of applications fluctuate with economy

Latest batch of cases published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project make for sober reading. File  photograph: Getty Images

Reporting project reveals shocking case of children with lice, ringworm and no food

The Family  Court also heard evidence about the children missing school. File photograph: Getty Images

Children removed in 2014 when mother admitted to hospital due to mental health problems

Tánaiste and   Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald with Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fathers to get two weeks off and €230 a week at a cost of €20 million a year

Michael Colgan, outgoing artistic director of the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Name for me the great classical plays written by women and I’ll do them’

 People outside the social welfare office on Thomas Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Provision for payment not included in Government estimates

The principal of the child’s school said the girl was capable, with good attendance, but had very poor self-esteem. File photograph: Getty Images

Judge hears agency concerned about emotional abuse and parental neglect

‘I didn’t expect them to go into details on personal cases, but they could have gone with tougher questions,’ said Clare Daly .Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

TD says line of questioning was weak during commissioner’s appearance at meeting

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Policing Authority chief Josephine Feehily at the meeting between the Policing Authority and the Garda Commissioner in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dedicated phone line to be enabled to reduce chances of cases falling ‘through the cracks’

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has  said the Garda has been described as insular, defensive and resistant to change, but that cultural change is taking place.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda chief faces Policing Authority watchdog at public meeting on O’Higgins findings

Sgt Maurice McCabe.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Complaints Sgt McCabe made about these Garda cases investigated by Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins

Almost half of the complaints received by the Press Ombudsman in 2015 were to do with truth and accuracy, according to the office’s annual report.

Almost half of the submissions received last year related to truth and accuracy

A father  told Judge Sarah Berkeley he was badly advised by his solicitor when he consented to the sale of the family home in 2014. At the time, he was distressed and worried and “just agreed”. He said the stress of leaving home was destroying his children.

Man claims wife seeking order for him to vacate family home had partied, had affair

The latest figures show there were 1,037 homeless families with 2,121 child dependants in the State in April. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Four families with children given blow-up beds in adult facilities in past week

Focus Ireland said “the whole property market is a pile of carrots already” and “a few more sticks might be part of the answer”. Photograph: PA

Focus Ireland rejects suggestion landlords need incentives to renovate vacant houses

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: she will raise the question of waiting lists with Minister for Health Simon   Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Children questions six-week wait to be seen at sexual abuse assessment units

Motorsports organisations, including from Kildare racetrack Mondello Park (above), have been lobbying MEPs in an attempt to amend the EU Motor Insurance Directive. File image: David Sleator/The Irish Times

MEP raises concern that tracks like Mondello Park will close if new rules are introduced

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said he would replace JobBridge with a scheme more suited to the current job market. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection says more targeted scheme to be introduced

The District Family Court has reduced a father’s access to his son after he allegedly held him over a flooding river. Photograph: Getty

Boy claimed his father held him by the ankles over a flooding river, court hears

Man fined €600 and disqualifed for two years at Gorey District Court

 Garda chief Nóirín O’Sullivan  has said she is unable to clarify  comments made by her lawyers  because of  laws governing Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins’s investigation into allegations of inaction and corruption  against some gardaí in the Cavan-Monaghan division. File photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda chief’s suggestion that law on O’Higgins inquiry bars explanation ‘not credible’

New waste charges are being introduced from July 1st. Photograph. David Sleator/ The Irish Times

From using black sacks for your refuse to a chance to save cash – what you need to know

The Department of the Environment has said pay-by-weight charges “promotes greater segregation of waste, improves recycling and allows householders to save on their bills”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Regulations introduce minimum charges for pay-by-weight waste, including recycling

Máire Whelan: Fine Gael lobbied against her appointment as Attorney General. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Speculation Attorney General Máire Whelan will be assigned to Court of Appeal

The young sibling who made abuse disclosures, revealed in the case at the Dublin District Family Court, had not yet been assessed at a sexual abuse unit three weeks after speaking out for the first time. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Sibling who disclosed abuse on six-week waiting list for sexual abuse assessment

Judge Brendan Toale: made his ruling last week, and included an order preventing reporting of the case for seven days. Photograph: Collins Courts

Abuse allegations made against male relative carer, his friend and other relatives

Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, has recommended, to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, that the Ombudsman be given powers to investigate prisoners’ complaints. Similar recommendations have been made for more than 10 years. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inspector of Prisons recommended external investigator after internal procedure exhausted

Sgt Maurice McCabe: Mr Justice Kevin  O’Higgins said it was difficult to understand why Sgt McCabe was the only person subjected to disciplinary proceedings for loss of computer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recommendation case heard at District Court surprising and difficult to comprehend

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe: Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins found investigation was “seriously flawed by reason of delay”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Question of who was investigating garda caused confusion, finds O’Higgins report

At least 1,400 cases held pending DPP’s appeal against High Court’s drink-drive ruling

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