Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has launched a new resource designed to help children and young people going into care.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new resource designed to help children and young people going into care was launched today by Minister for Children Dr James Reilly. The material, a(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly is said to want a “respectful amount of time” to be spent debating the terms of reference for the mother and baby home inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The terms of reference for the commission of investigation into mother and baby homes will be brought to Cabinet and published on January 8th.More tha(...)

One out of every six beds in Beaumont Hospital  is occupied by patients, mostly elderly, who are fit to be discharged but cannot be because of a lack of nursing home facilities or because care cannot be provided at home. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The crisis in Beaumont Hospital’s emergency department, where dozens of patients are treated nightly on trolleys and chairs, is symptomatic of the hea(...)

Amy MacMahon - a computer generated image  made by RTÉ’s graphics design department. Image: RTÉ

Adults who attempt to groom young people online for the purpose of sexual exploitation could face up to 14 years in jail under proposed new legislatio(...)

Minister  for Children James Reilly: ‘We must learn lessons from the examination of serious incidents or deaths relating to children who receive care.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s social services watchdog will have a new role overseeing reports into deaths or serious incidents involving children in contact with the c(...)

Jim Wells said the report showed minimum pricing reduced consumption and alcohol-related harm by ensuring alcohol cannot be bought at prices that do not reflect its strength. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland is planning to introduce a minimum price for alcohol to try to combat alcohol abuse, the North’s Minister of Health, Jim Wells, has s(...)

The Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013 requires the owners of 43,000 premises to install a defibrillator; among the designated places are hospitals, shops, churches, public buildings, pubs and sports clubs. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A plan to provide public access to defibrillators nationally would cost €105 million and save 50 lives over five years, according to a new report.The (...)

The Growing Up in Ireland survey indicates that “children are not necessarily aware of a parent’s financial stress, but they do pick up if parents are struggling”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Children can experience emotional and psychological problems arising out of the recession even if their parents’ economic situation improves.Children (...)

Dr Dorothy Watson, of the Economic and Social Research Institute: ‘There have been important changes over time in the composition of economically vulnerable families.’ Photograph: Joe St Leger

Children born to mothers in their 30s with a third-level education are less likely to develop emotional or behavioural problems as a result of their (...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

The Government has approved the Health Service Executive’s draft service plan, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.He said Minister for Health Leo Var(...)