The construction industry has been lobbying in recent times for a major reduction in development costs for housing, including development levies. Photograph: PA

The Government is considering a range of measures in next month’s budget aimed at boosting much-needed housing supply. A meeting of the Cabinet(...)

New facial recognition software has helped authorities detect dozens of attempts by fraudsters to claim welfare benefits using multiple identities over recent months. File photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

New facial recognition software has helped authorities detect dozens of attempts by fraudsters to claim welfare benefits using multiple identities ove(...)

Companies were forced to repay the exchequer a record €21 million in back-tax following more than 200 audits in 2013. Photograph: Getty Images

Several multinational firms have been found to be aggressively and improperly claiming tax credits for research and development to lower their corpora(...)

A spokesman for JJ Rhatigan said the firm disagreed with the finding and planned to appeal the decision on the workers’ status. Photograph: Getty Images

A State authority has determined that a number of construction workers on a Government-funded school building project were employees and not self-empl(...)

 The Child Care Law Reporting Project has identified regional differences in the number of childcare orders sought. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

There are major variations in the number of childcare orders being sought in the courts in different parts of the country, latest figures show. The f(...)

Fred McBride, the chief operating officer of Tusla, said the organisation accepted that use of single separation was not adequate on occasions.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some troubled children at a special care unit were forced to urinate on the floor while being isolated in a “safe room” for long periods of time ti(...)

  A spokesman for Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the free travel scheme would remain intact. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

State transport providers have privately sought the introduction of rush-hour travel restrictions for holders of free travel passes as part of a revie(...)

Former PD minister Liz O’Donnell: involved in lobbying in recent years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lobbyists attempting to influence policies will need to record details of their contacts with public officials for a publicly accessible register fr(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  removed a citizenship clause so individuals couldn’t avoid the tax by renouncing their citizenship. Photograph: Eric Luke

Hundreds of high earners who tried to use tax breaks and shelters to maximise their income ended up paying over €60 million tax under measures introdu(...)

The placement of children in withdrawal rooms is regarded by most special schools as a measure of last resort to protect the safety of pupils and staff. Photograph: The Irish Times

Special needs campaigners have called for the introduction of official rules governing the use of “seclusion rooms” in schools to manage the behaviour(...)