Tánaiste Joan Burton said she would like to see an increase in child benefit in the next budget.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton is seeking an increase of about €5 in child benefit – or €60 a year – as discussions get under way over the Government’s final pr(...)

Lorcán Miller’s coffin is carried into Rathmichael Parish Church in Shankill, Co Dublin, for his funeral.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The postcard arrived last Tuesday morning. On the front was a picture of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, where 21-year-old Lorcán Miller worked. (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Dr Shekhar Saxena from the World Health Organisationat the launch of the “Connecting for Life” suicide prevention strategy at Farmleigh House in Dublin. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds Photography.

A new Government suicide prevention strategy launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Wednesday aims to reduce the number of people self-harming and taking(...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority found significant delays at Tusla in assessing the needs of children and families where there were reports of suspected abuse or neglect. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Serious concern over the safety of children at risk has prompted the State’s health watchdog to review national governance at Tusla, the Child and Fam(...)

Senior HSE managers have expressed concern  over the cost implications of an EU directive that allows patients to obtain care abroad and recoup the costs from the State. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Senior HSE managers have expressed alarm that an EU healthcare directive - which allows patients to obtain care abroad and recoup the costs from the S(...)

‘Connecting for life’, a new youth suicide prevention strategy, is to focus on helping secondary school students to deal with stress.

All secondary school students will receive training on how to cope with stress and improve resilience as part of a new five-year Government strategy(...)

Cregg House was previously at the centre of controversy over poor staffing levels and lack of access to activities for residents when it was operated by the Daughters of Wisdom, a religious order.

The State’s health watchdog has raised serious concerns over the use of drugs to restrain vulnerable residents at a HSE-run centre for more than 10(...)

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres for asylum seekers. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres (...)

Many survivors waited years before seeking support. Last year, most adults made contact with the Rape Crisis Network five years after the incident occurred. Photograph: Getty Images

Dozens of women who became pregnant after being raped sought help from support services last year, new figures show. The Rape Crisis Network of(...)

The headline at-risk-of-poverty figures may be out by up to 80,000 people. Photograph: Getty Images

A new study indicates official figures may overstate the number of people living below the poverty line by tens of thousands. The latest EU-wid(...)