Minister for Children James Reilly has established a group to examine the issue of childcare, and it is due to issue its final report by the end of June. File photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

Parents would pay subsidised fees for after-school care for children, with those in lower income groups paying less, under measures being considered b(...)

Children’s campaigners have called for a total prohibition on corporal punishment following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross: ‘One could have a headquarters with two men and a dog and we can be sure that is what we will have eventually.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent TD Shane Ross described the retention of the Aer Lingus headquarters in Dublin as “a meaningless, token gesture”. “One could have a(...)

 Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health:  The board wrote  to him saying  until it had evidence of ‘real and constructive engagement’ on matters of concern, ‘we believe we must pause our engagement with the project’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The planned €150 million development of a new national maternity hospital on the campus of St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin has been put on hold. The r(...)

While legislation which allowed parents to use force against their children was repealed almost 15 years ago, the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ still exists in common law for parents or child carers

The Government is to review laws which permit the slapping of children, following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear ban is a (...)

The quality of education being provided at pre-schools will be assessed for the first time after the summer under a new inspection regime

The quality of education being provided at pre-schools will be assessed for the first time after the summer under a new inspection regime. The Departm(...)

The funeral mass of Bill O’Herlihy will take place on Friday at 11.30am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The funeral mass of Bill O’Herlihy will take place on Friday at 11.30am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock in Dublin. He will b(...)

Bill O’Herlihy at the launch of his autobiography in 2012, We’ll Leave it There So,  with his wife Hilary and his daughters Sally Conlon (left) and Jill O’Herlihy-Ryan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bill O’Herlihy, who died yesterday aged 76, had a remarkable career as a newspaper journalist, broadcaster, PR consultant and political adviser. A na(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has vowed to pass law before summer recess. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is to publish a comprehensive employment strategy for people with a disability within weeks. The Cabinet subcommittee on social policy (...)

The Cari annual report said calls to its helpline over rape and sexual assault had increased by 43 per cent over the past three years.

A significant increase in teenagers committing sexual assaults against other teenagers has been recorded by support organisation Children at Risk in I(...)