Minister for Children James Reilly has been urged to address the lack of social workers in the State.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Children James Reilly has been urged to address the lack of social workers in the State. The Irish Times today reported that more than 9,(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said  the purpose of conducting any criminal investigation was to convict suspects in cases where evidence of crimes was established. However, the commencement of such investigations in the case of the Tuam mother and baby home was a decision for the Garda.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has sought a report from the Garda on all of the information available to the force about the burial of childr(...)

Colm Keaveney: said the data highlighted “shocking gaps” in how the State was failing to respond to the needs of vulnerable children

Gaps in early assessment services mean thousands of children with disabilities are waiting years for vital supports such as speech and language the(...)

Labour and Fine Gael Ministers  receive their seals of office at Arás an Uachtaráin in March 2011. A long-time Labour councillor Seán O’Grady has quit the party and accused it of pursuing “right wing policies” in Government.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

A Kerry-based Labour councillor has resigned from the party, saying he can no longer stomach the party’s propping up of “the most right wing” Governme(...)

Colm Keaveney, on his blog, has accused the party of failing to make any progress on policy issues. Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour TDs have rebuked party chairman Colm Keaveney TD for remarks critical of the party in advance of Wednesday’s Meath East byelection. (...)