Natasha (12), Minahil (12), and Yolanda (18), who live in the Athlone Direct Provision Centre at Lissywollen. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 6:47

Social services have been alerted to more than 1,500 child protection or welfare concerns over young people living in centres for asylum seekers over (...)

Photographs: Bryan O’Brien 6:47

You make your way to the edge of the town, just off the motorway exit. You pass the industrial estate on your right. You take an unsignposted slip (...)

Absenteeism is highest in the Garda and health services where between 10 and 12 days are lost per employee every year.

Health unions have defended their members following new figures which show the level of sick leave in the public sector is twice the rate of the priva(...)

Microsoft, Grange Castle, in Dublin. Last week a judge ordered that Microsoft must turn over a customer’s emails that are stored. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The anonymous building on the outskirts of a sprawling industrial estate near Clondalkin may seem ordinary enough.But what lies inside is at the centr(...)

When broken down by cost, the health sector was responsible for the bulk of public sector sick leave in 2012 (€223 million), given the number of employees in the sector.

The cost of sick leave in the public sector is “unsustainable” and is costing the State about €430 million, internal Government documents show.The ra(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of  the Child and Family Agency Tusla: “The broad aim of the proposals will be to ensure young people who leave care will be entitled to the same amount of funding whether they choose to undertake further education or not.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Child and Family Agency has confirmed that controversial plans to reform aftercare services for hundreds of young people are being reviewed and wi(...)

Josephine Feehily, head of the Revenue Commissioners, which has sent instructions to employers to deduct charges from wages. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Employers have started cutting the salaries of tens of thousands of employees who haven’t paid their property tax or household charge following instr(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation was unrepentant over the bank holiday weekend, insisting the Government hadn’t misled the public over the cost of water in the run-up to the local elections. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

It will surely go down as Richard Bruton’s Marie Antoinette moment. We had just learned the real cost of water for families would be close to €500 a y(...)

While the cost of childcare is a 
major
challenge for all parents, a study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin  has found it is an even bigger one for immigrant parents, who are less likely to have the option of using relatives for child
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minding. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Immigrant parents are much less likely to return to work after having children than Irish parents, according to a new study of second-generation migr(...)

The court heard that St Michael’s House had entered a full defence to the claim.   Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland.

A disabled man is to be compensated by St Michael’s House, one of the State’s largest disability service providers, following allegations that he was(...)