Tánaiste Joan Burton at the annual pre-budget meeting with NGOs at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children in school breakfast clubs in some of the country’s poorest areas are “taking extra food home on Fridays” to “see them through the weekend”(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly proposed rent regulation in February, but we have yet to see any plan.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The number of homeless children in Dublin has risen by more than 80 per cent since last summer. The latest figures from the Dublin Region Homel(...)

Hopeful: Stephanie and Tatyana N’Gang’a, who live in direct provision in Dublin, at an Irish Refugee Council protest. Photograph: Dave Meehan

So a report this week calls for big changes in the asylum system Yes, the Working Group on the Protection Process, which Minister for Justice Franc(...)

The Child and Family Agency Tusla said it  had initiated measures to address the concerns.

Serious concerns have been flagged about the safety of child protection services in north Dublin, with some children waiting up to two years for a soc(...)

Cheeverstown House, Dublin.

Serious shortcomings, including the risk to residents of “all forms of abuse”, have been found at Cheeverstown House, a centre for people with intel(...)

Notices requiring immediate action on unsafe practices at the HSE-run Cregg House centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Co Sligo have not been acted on, the State’s health watchdog has said. Image: Google Streetview.

Notices requiring immediate action on unsafe practices at a HSE-run centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Co Sligo have not been acted o(...)

 African migrants become upset  as Italian police attempt to remove them at the Franco-Italian border between Menton and Ventimiglia during June 2015. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Reaction to the report on reforming the asylum process has been mixed, with some NGOs calling for its swift implementation and another describing it a(...)

The final report was brought to Cabinet this morning by Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin but has yet to be approved by Government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Clear differences have emerged between Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and her junior minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin on the implementation of a ne(...)

Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “I want it implement in full. I don’t see any reason for long departmental discussions about which parts should or can be implemented.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Improvements to the asylum system, recommended in a Government report being published on Tuesday, will cost €135.4 million over five years, it says(...)

“We cry. We are not happy like this. In school I keep thinking about this,” wrote one child. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

To have a home, to have friends over and to have their mother cook for them are among the changes children living in direct provision would like to (...)