A case over alleged breaches of childcare regulations by Giraffe creche in Stepaside was struck out by the Dublin District Court yesterday after a judge ruled the Child and Family Agency did not have legal standing to bring the prosecution.

Prosecutions by the Child and Family Agency against creches over the welfare of children – as well as individuals accused of abusing young people – ha(...)

Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive of Tusla- Child and Family Agency and Suzanne O’Brien who spent time in foster care. Inspectors have found a number of foster care households had not had visits from professionals to check if children’s needs were being addressed. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Social services were unable to guarantee a safe and effective service was being delivered to children in foster care in parts of the State, an inspect(...)

The Government’s scramble to reduce water charges and increase allowances means households will end up paying the cheapest water rates in Europe. (...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton photographed in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Philomena Lee, whose search for her son brought world-wide attention and an Oscar-nominated film, has thrown her support behind a new bill which provi(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan on dispute with teachers’ unions: “I’ve put a very significant amount on the table and nothing has come back from the other side.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has refused to offer further concessions to teachers’ unions who are planning to stage one-day strikes in protes(...)

Asylum seekers at Millstreet Accommodation Centre at Drishane Castle in north Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

It’s almost 15 years since a system to provide asylum seekers with food and shelter was established by the State.The then minister for justice estimat(...)

A report into the acute psychiatric unit of the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Ennis, Co Clare, found security staff engaged in initiating restraint of patients

Inspectors have expressed alarm that a mental health unit has been using security staff to physically restrain residents.In a report into the acute p(...)

Kathleen Lynch: she is likely to publish shortly a report by a Government expert group tasked with reviewing the Mental Health Act (2001)

A major review of mental health legislation is to recommend an end to the practice of administering controversial electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to p(...)

(From left) Senator Jillian van Turnhout, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames and Senator Averil Power during a press briefing where they called on the Government to support their Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Up to 50,000 adopted people would have the right to their birth cert for the first time under proposed new legislation.The Bill was produced by Senat(...)

Moyross in Limerick where Fr Tony O’Riordan claims “we’re being punished for our hard efforts to deliver educational outcomes for kids”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Department of Education has said a decision to remove a teaching post from a primary school in one of the most deprived parts of Limerick city was(...)