Minister for Children James Reilly: “I am aware that there are concerns being expressed by a number of groups with regard to the position of young persons and children.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Children James Reilly has disagreed with Tánaiste Joan Burton on the recently published Gender Recognition Bill as it relates to children(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Róisín Shortall said they had received queries from prospective members of the party, which will style itself as centre-left. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Four Independent parliamentarians involved in forming a new party have accelerated their work in the wake of their plans being made public. TDs Ca(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell, who became an Independent member of the Seanad in its byelection last year, has twice applied to a  group of five Independent Senators but has twice been rebuffed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It seems the first ever group for Independent Senators is not open to all non-aligned Senators - but only those who meet its approval. Gerard Craughw(...)

“Ourselves and a whole range of organisations have come together on the Alcohol Health Alliance and that’s the first time that’s ever happened,”  says the National Youth Council’s James Doorley.  Photograph:  Alan Betson

One of the most fervent opponents to Diageo’s involvement in the controversial Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign says some unexpected positive dev(...)

While legislation which allowed parents to use force against their children was repealed almost 15 years ago, the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ still exists in common law for parents or child carers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

Representatives from the  BeLonG To YES coalition at a meeting on the importance for young people of a ‘Yes’ vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Organisations involved in the coalition include the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige and BeLonG To. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The same-sex marriage referendum represents an ‘incredible opportunity’ to look young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the eye and tel(...)

Senator David Norris: disgraceful to claim that the Government was anti-child. There was an “offensive and bullying’’ tone involved in the criticism. Photograph: David Norris

Following more than 120 amendments and as many days of debate the Children and a Family Relationship Bill has passed in the Seanad.Senators, along wit(...)

The Government is under pressure to introduce a ban on smacking children following a finding by the Council of Europe that “reasonable chastisement” is a violation of young people’s rights.

The Government is under pressure to introduce a ban on smacking children following a finding by the Council of Europe that “reasonable chastisement” i(...)

Launching the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign last month are Fergus Finlay,  Joanna Fortune clinical psychotherapist, Kieran Mulvey of the Labour Relations Commission and Áine Lynch of the National Parents Council: on leaving Dr Ciara Kelly said she remains a strong supporter of the campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A main member of a new campaign against harmful drinking has resigned. Dr Ciara Kelly, a GP and commentator, has stepped down from the Stop Out-of-Con(...)