Children’s campaigners have called for a total prohibition on corporal punishment following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear(...)

While legislation which allowed parents to use force against their children was repealed almost 15 years ago, the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ still exists in common law for parents or child carers

The Government is to review laws which permit the slapping of children, following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear ban is a (...)

A State watchdog has expressed "grave concern" over the volume of welfare or abuse issues relating to asylum-seeking children living in State-(...)

 Paudie Coffey, Minister of State with responsibility for housing and planning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A package of measures aimed at breathing new life into towns and city centres blighted by shop closures and vacant sites is set to be announced by th(...)

Changing demographics: A majority feel our immigration policies should be made more restrictive (53 per cent), but these numbers have also fallen. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Attitudes towards immigration have hardened since the economic crash, a new survey indicates.The findings are based on a poll of 1,000 people carried (...)

The initiative allows mortgage holders to surrender their homes to a not-for-profit housing association, which then rents it to the original owners

The Government is considering widening eligibility rules for its mortgage-to-rent scheme as part of a series of measures aimed at tackling the home re(...)

Seven units of Dublin Fire Brigade  were called to the scene. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A man in his 50s has died following a fire at a terraced home in Dublin’s Stoneybatter. An elderly woman was also seriously injured and is being trea(...)

Irish Refugee Council chief executive Sue Conlan said moves to improve access to third level for asylum-seeking students were a step in the right direction. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 1,500 asylum seekers whose refugee applications have been rejected are likely to benefit from the right to reside here under proposals being(...)

The Child and Family Agency  is responsible for inspecting all pre-schools, play groups, crèches and day care services that cater for children aged under six

Senior officials have privately expressed concern that the inspection system for the State’s 4,500 pre-schools is not robust enough to identify servic(...)

Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) conducted an unannounced inspection at the HSE-run St Peter’s Services in Castlepollard, Co Westmeath last December following concerns over the safety and welfare of residents. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A HSE-run care unit for people with disabilities was told to cease admissions and transfer residents that it was unable to care for following a highly(...)