The auditors of Positive Action found that the front-loading of credit cards was “not an appropriate use of public money” and “weakened any possible control over the expenditure of such funds”. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Impression created was that ‘money was no object and extravagant expenditure was normal’

The Positive Action offices on  Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. The woman at the centre of the inquiry has been interviewed under caution but not arrested. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

€100,000 of support group’s funds were ‘spent by woman for own ends’

The offices of Positive Action in  Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

HSE restricted payment for international conferences, alcohol, band hire and gifts

06/10/2014 NEWS. Leo Varadkar Minister for Health speaking to reporters yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Investigation finds over €100,000 allegedly misused by hepatitis C support group

Inspectors in Donegal found not all high risk cases were consistently allocated a social worker and that those where were did not always receive an adequate service. Photograph: Getty Images

At-risk children not assigned social workers due to staffing shortages in Donegal

 Tusla   said this week  that the agency   that although future legal costs would be reduced, “this will not be evidenced in 2014 as a consequence of the level of inherited commitments”.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Legal costs and high demand for private residential and foster care services cited

Bob Geldof addressing delegates at the One Young World 2014 Conference at the Convention Centre in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bob Geldof tells the crowd ‘we are at a critical moment’

Research on pre-schools inspections published today by Tusla shows that the level of compliance with pre-school regulations is relatively high, with most providers in compliance with regulations.

Review of creches and pre-school services finds non-compliance with 1 in 7 regulations

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and singer Bob Geldof watch the flag ceremony by delegates at the One Young World 2014 Conference at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Summit ‘gives platform to give brilliant young people a catalyst to drive change in the world’

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