The Seanad sat late on Monday night while the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 passed report and final stages, meaning it has almost become law. Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald and Senators debated aspects of the proposed legislation for more than eight hours, concluding their discussions after 10.30pm

The Seanad sat late on Monday night while the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 passed report and final stages, meaning it has almost become(...)

George Gibney: the national swimming coach from 1984-1991 was arrested in 1993 and charged on 27 counts of indecent assault and unlawful carnal knowledge. A judicial review in 1994 prevented the case from proceeding due to the length of time elapsed since the alleged incidents took place

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald will contact Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan with a view to discussing the case of former Ir(...)

 Margaretta D’Arcy upon her release from  Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, earlier this year.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Elderly artist and anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy described conditions of her incarceration as “inhumane” upon her release from Limerick prison t(...)

The Irish Refugee Council has said the new Minister for Justice had previously expressed concern in her role as Minister for Children about the welfare of young people living in direct provision.

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) says it is seriously concerned about the welfare of three young people from asylum seeking families in direct provisio(...)

A quarter of parents have been prevented from returning to work by the cost of childcare, a report suggests. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A quarter of Irish parents have been prevented from returning to employment or training due to prohibitive childcare costs, a new report shows. Parent(...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter who said there was a need to address  what is happening within our society. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Fine Gael parliamentary party will discuss the referendum on same-sex marriage at its meeting this evening. A number of Fine Gael TDs have expres(...)

The second tranche of HSE creche inspection reports relating to 37 childcare facilities in Limerick city and county were published on the Pobal website yesterday relating to inspections carried out in 2012 and 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Almost two-thirds of creches in Limerick county and city were found to be non-compliant under one or more headings by the HSE at the time of inspectio(...)

James Behan:  “Growing up in the care system I... have seen a lot of things I would consider problems.”  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Mental health services for children and adolescents over the last decade can only be described as “woefully inadequate”, the Minister for Children, Fr(...)

New standards for crèche inspections will be put in place in September, Frances Fitzgerald said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

New standards for crèche inspections will be put in place in September with an emphasis the importance of the relationships children experience in chi(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald is set to appear at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A group of around 50 youth workers and young people took part in a demonstration against cuts to youth work budgets this morning. The dem(...)