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(...)

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly and Michelle Shannon, director of the  Department of Children and Youth Affairs, at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Planned legislation that would offer up to 50,000 adopted people a legal right to information about their birth parents for the first time has been de(...)

Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke out of Oberstown detention facility, near Lusk, at around 9.30pm on Saturday. Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke out of Oberstown detention facility, near Lusk, at around 9.30pm on Saturday.

Gardaí are continuing to search for three teenagers who absconded from a child detention centre in north Dublin. Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke o(...)

Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke out of Oberstown detention facility, near Lusk, at around 9.30pm on Saturday. Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke out of Oberstown detention facility, near Lusk, at around 9.30pm on Saturday.

Gardaí were last night searching for three teenagers who absconded from a child detention centre in north Dublin. Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke (...)

Leaders confirmed they would advocate a return to power for the Coalition. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton have confirmed there will be no Mullingar Accord-type agreement in advance of the general election. The(...)

Dr James Reilly and other  Cabinet members arriving  at Lissadell House on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Government blueprint on investment in childcare proposes that all working parents could receive State subsidies for children up to the age of 12 (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Government Ministers meeting Edward Walsh his wife Constance Cassidy and their children at Lissadell House, Sligo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:52

Harry McGee, Political Correspondent, Lissadell, Co Sligo The Government has committed itself to an effective freeze in property tax when the next re(...)

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(...)

The publishers of the Irish Mail on Sunday have apologised in the High Court to Minister for Children James Reilly over an article which falsely linked him to a developer building a new public health clinic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The publishers of the Irish Mail on Sunday have apologised in the High Court to Minister for Children James Reilly over an article which falsely linke(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Amelia Wetton, Ruben Corrigaan and Kiya O’Connor from the Child Care Centre at the St Andrews Resource Centre recently. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Members of the baby boomer generation, now hitting their 60s and 70s, who have swapped active retirement or late working years for a new role in carin(...)