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(...)

Last year, the HSE was forced to spend a record €336 million on agency staff and overtime to fill vacancies.

The rising cost of hiring agency staff to fill gaps in essential front-line health services has emerged as a major concern facing the Health Servic(...)

Inspectors have criticised a nursing home run by the HSE for providing inadequate access to showers and toilets for vulnerable residents. It is the se(...)

At present a constitutional right to privacy exists on the part of birth parents. Photograph: Getty Images

As many as 50,000 adopted people will have the right to their birth certificate for the first time under new legislation being drawn up by the Governm(...)

A sex worker said she felt compelled to have intercourse with a garda because she feared further prosecution. Photograph: Frank Miller

A garda who denied raping a sex worker shortly after he arrested the young woman has been sanctioned by Garda authorities. The Garda Síochána Ombudsma(...)

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(...)