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(...)

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(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Up to 23 families will be able to complete stalled adoptions from Russia after legislation was amended by the Dáil and Seanad.Minister for Children Fr(...)