Minister for Children James Reilly (left) and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar during an address to Fine Gael candidates and supporters by Taoiseach  Enda Kenny TD at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has confirmed he became aware of allegations of abuse at a foster home in late 2014. Mr Varadkar said he received a (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “She was not in a position to speak or to defend herself, and the whistleblower is clear that the most appalling acts were perpetrated in this case.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The foster father in the southeast abuse controversy contacted then minister for health Michael Noonan to have his “beloved daughter’’ kept with the f(...)

The work of predicting elections is ‘as ridiculous as expecting Galway to win the Liam McCarthy every year even though it’s nearly 30 years since they last did it’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the skills required of a political journalist is knowing when and how to make predictions. Such tasks including calling the date of an electio(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch: “We  concluded . . .  that the only way forward is to commission a statutory commission of investigation.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The formal establishment of a commission of investigation into allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast will be a matter for the next g(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch discussed the case with HSE director general Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is examining the establishment of a statutory commission of investigation into allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast. (...)

Conventional wisdom states that Joan Burton’s team is going to take one hell of a beating at the upcoming election. Yet there was little evidence of(...)

Labour Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said Fine Gael Minister Michael Noonan’s plan for a “rainy day fund” makes sense, but she did not necessarily agree with his proposed €2.5 billion figure. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Labour Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said Fine Gael Minister Michael Noonan’s plan for a “rainy day fund” makes sense, but she did not nec(...)

Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch said she was very angry about the case. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch has not ruled out holding a commission of inquiry into a case in the southeast in which a woman who, as a chi(...)

Limerick TD Dan Neville:  Described by Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch as “one of the pioneers” in raising mental health issue in the Dáil. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland still had a long way to go in removing the stigma associated with mental illness, Fine Gael TD Dan Neville said. He said some work had been (...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on mental health Colm Keaveney said the Government and the responsible Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, had failed in promise to ring fence an additional €37 million per annum for services.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil has said it will give a cast-iron commitment to increase funding for mental health services by €200 within five years if it is returned to(...)