Minister for Children James Reilly: “There certainly is a need for more to be done in this area.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Children James Reilly has said we must learn from the four reports published earlier this week into the deaths of young people who were (...)

Professor John Crown said the primary loyalty of any health care provider should be to their patient, not to the system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad yesterday on the Bill providing for free GP care for children under six years.Independent(...)

James Reilly: ‘With us being the first country in Europe to do this, smuggling would be extremely difficult because they are different from everything else that is available in Europe.’ Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Smuggling cigarettes would be extremely difficult in Ireland once plain packaging was introduced because they would look very different from everythi(...)

Independent Trinity Senator Sean Barrett has been voted onto the banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government’s majority on the banking inquiry is in doubt after a Seanad committee voted to place two Opposition Senators on the long-awaited inves(...)

Labour’s European candidate Emer Costello canvassing on Grafton Street, Dublin, with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Charge of the Labour Brigade. (as not imagined by Tennyson).Into the valley of debt rode the underfunded. EU to the right of them. ECB to the left(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: “There are lessons for Ireland to learn and actions that Ireland can take.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MARIE O’HALLORANA call has been made for a full debate in the Seanad on violence against women and gender based violence. Independent Senator Jillian (...)

Fianna Fáil senator Paschal Mooney: Many of the concerns the party raised are still under investigation.’’

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney praised former minister for justice Alan Shatter for his integrity. He said it gave him no great pleasure to commen(...)

According to the unpublished report commissioned by the HSE, a major review of care services found examples of inappropriate placements or cases where children or carers were struggling to cope

More than 250 vulnerable children in the care of the State have been estimated to be in unsuitable care place(...)

Minister For Health James Reilly: care had to be taken with legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

MARIE O’HALLORAN Minister for Health James Reilly has defended the delay in the passage of legislation to prevent smoking in ve(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said the new law aims to make best safeguarding practice the “cultural norm” for anyone working with children. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The publication of the long-awaited Children First Bill was broadly welcomed today but some campaign groups and opposition members voiced conce(...)