Oberstown youth detention facility in Co Dublin.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident at the Oberstown youth detention facility on Wednesday, in which a teenager and sev(...)

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 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

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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

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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 (...)