Good outcome: Sinead Mulhall reading with Marie Byrne, (right) to children as part of Chatter Matters at the Larkin Childcare Facility, Ballybough Preschool, Ballybough, Dublin. May 2014. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill.

The Government is considering how it might best invest in childcare provision in 2016 and beyond and a call for significant increased investment is be(...)

Refugees aboard the  Irish Naval vessel LE Niamh en route to Palermo, Sicily after they were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea when their boat capsized. Photograph:  Irish Defence Forces/PA

As with too many human rights issues, it took one profoundly powerful image of another human’s suffering to so traumatise our collective conscience th(...)

Breastfeeding is linked to a range of health benefits for newborn babies and mothers. Photograph: Getty Images

Oh, those flighty Irish mums. Why, oh why, won’t they listen to the experts and breastfeed their babies? A new study by academics from the school of n(...)

‘Pay interest on the money swishing in and out? Go away, child. Dream on.’  Photograph: Getty Images

Another week, another banking scandal. On Tuesday, Permanent TSB said sorry to the customers it had cheated. The bank had led people into paying highe(...)

 Ursula Halligan:  ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this. I  can’t believe I’m telling everyone I’m 54.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 0:37

Nobody was thinking of the chickens yesterday. Waving their optimistic little wings from the corner. Begging to be counted. But universally shunned.Th(...)

Voters voting in the marriage referendum and the Age of Presidential Candidates referendum at St. Andrews Resource Centre, Pearse street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Follow the referendums and byelection counts on on Saturday, where our journalists will be bringing you the latest news and analysis(...)

Fergus Finlay: “If I described Ronan Mullen as a Government expert because 100 per cent of his income comes from the taxpayer, apart from his political contributions, he would be outraged.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Tactics employed by the No side in the same sex marriage referendum campaign have been described as “cynical”, “dishonest”, and as exploiting a “polit(...)

Presenter Claire Byrne on the set of RTE’s new current affairs TV show. Photograph: Andres Poveda/RTÉ

She has the cameras, the studio audience and the panel of guests waiting to take their place. Claire Byrne has done this before, but this time it’s he(...)

Some 653,000 households will get the water support payment.

The exclusion of thousands of low-income households from both a new water support payment and a new water tax credit, is “wrong” and “very concerning(...)

The Jobpath scheme, expected to be operational early next year, targets the 178,000 people classified as long-term jobless – out of work for more than a year.

The Government has chosen the preferred operators for its first nationwide scheme to tackle long-term unemployment. Its JobPath initiative is b(...)