A screengrab from secretly recorded footage in Swinford’s Áras Attracta residential care centre shows a worker putting a blanket over a resident’s head after the latter made noise looking for attention. File photograph: RTÉ

The Áras Attracta disability centre in Co Mayo is at the centre of fresh criticism over care standards following an unannounced inspection by the Heal(...)

The State has some of the highest childcare costs in Europe. Latest figures indicate a typical dual-earner family with two young children is paying more than one-third of their income on childcare. The average cost across the EU is between a quarter and a half of the Irish average. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Parents should not be given tax relief for childcare on the basis that this would do little to improve quality or assist less well-off families, a hig(...)

UPC and Eircom currently broadcast the channel and Saorview told the Oireachtas it would like to add it to its free-to-air platform.

Saorview, the State-funded digital television service, has told the Oireachtas it will cost more than €500,000 to broadcast Dáil and Seanad debates o(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: said he was committed to achieving the ending of the practice of detaining children in adult prisons at the earliest possible date. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The practice of admitting minors to adult prisons is to cease from this week onwards.Until now, 17 year olds remanded in custody were typically placed(...)

Unexplained bruising and bedsores were found on residents at the facility. Library photograph: Thinkstock

The State’s health watchdog is concerned about the safety and quality of services for residents at a centre for people with intellectual disabilities (...)

 Government sources argue there is no single reason for the increase in road deaths  again last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Road users are most likely to lose their lives in counties where the fewest penalty points have been issued, official figures indicate. An Iris(...)

A Garda issues a speeding ticket  near Ashbourne, Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Road fatalities tend to be higher in counties with a lower rate of penalty points, new analysis shows. A regional breakdown of penalty points s(...)

Lobby groups such as the AA argue a shortage of Garda checkpoints has had an impact on driver behaviour. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The trend, which emerges in an Irish Times analysis of data for road deaths and traffic projections, poses a number of pressing questions for those(...)

Cappahard Lodge, in Ennis, Co Clare:  in breach of conditions on care plans. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22

The State’s mental-health watchdog has expressed concern at the continued failure of a number of care facilities to draw up individual care plans for(...)

Men were at a much higher risk of dying by suicide. The rate among men at the end of 2012 was 57 per cent higher than would have been the case had the recession not occurred.

We may know all about the heavy financial price of the economic crash. But we’re only just beginning to piece together the full picture of human toll (...)