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(...)

Dylan Kennedy (10) with his mother Debbie Kennedy at home in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Debbie Kennedy accepts her 10-year-old son can be difficult to handle on occasion. He’s autistic and has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperac(...)

State officials have been using bank data to match people who are paying out significant sums in Dirt tax on their savings, while also claiming means-tested benefits. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hundreds of welfare recipients have been forced to repay millions of euro in means-tested benefits after it emerged they had large sums of undeclared(...)

Latest figures show that wider investigations into white-collar professions – such as doctors, dentists, accountants and lawyers – have yielded tens of millions of euro in tax and penalties for the exchequer. Photograph: Getty Images

The Revenue Commissioners has collected more than €30 million in unpaid tax and penalties as part of an ongoing inquiry into the financial affairs of (...)

Revenue is clamping down on undisclosed income from rental properties. Image: Getty

Tax officials are targeting millions of euro in rental income as part of a crackdown on the “shadow economy”. Audits and investigations into the rent(...)

Revenue’s focus on the financial affairs of professionals has yielded big results. Photograph: Alan Betson

Building sites, pubs and fast-food outlets spring to mind when the taxman goes searching for unpaid revenue lurking in the shadows of the economy. How(...)

Some 117 disqualified drivers have been arrested and charged in just six weeks since gardaí were given new powers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Some 117 disqualified drivers have been arrested and charged in just six weeks since gardaí were given new powers. Gardaí have said the new measures m(...)

About 2 per cent of the population cycle to work or school each day.

It may be clean, healthy and increasingly popular but cycling accounts for rising numbers of dead and injured on Irish roads. Latest figures fr(...)

Adoption rights campaigner David Kinsella: ‘We all should have a right to our identity.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

David Kinsella was illegitimate child number 1629 at St Patrick’s mother-and-baby home in the late 1950s. For years, it was the only information he ha(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Photograph: Alan Betson

Changes to the State’s care system will result in payments to foster families ceasing where a young person is not involved in education or training o(...)