Minister of State  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with a resident at the direct-provision centre at the Montague Hotel in Portlaoise. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Refusal of hotel-owner to admit priest on premises highlights power of system over residents’ lives

The number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum referred to the Child and Family Agency was 120 last year. This compares to 339 in 2008 and 863 in 2002. Photograph: Getty Images

ESRI report finds improvements in care but key information gaps over vulnerable children

Fr Paddy Byrne, Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin,  Monsignor John Byrne and Senator John Whelan at the Montague Hotel direct provision centre. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Department of Justice says priest’s comments had upset staff at Montague Hotel direct provision centre

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

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