Fine Gael TD Jim Daly:  “That is how society taught that young woman and her extended family to react to probably one of the greatest and most exciting and brilliant times in people’s lives, when they discover they are pregnant and will create a life.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cork South West Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said he was “haunted” by the story of a woman who had carried a sack of potatoes on her back in an attempt to en(...)

Amy MacMahon - a computer generated image  made by RTÉ’s graphics design department. Image: RTÉ

Adults who attempt to groom young people online for the purpose of sexual exploitation could face up to 14 years in jail under proposed new legislatio(...)

 Joan Burton: Tánaiste said she was focused on having a system of appointment to State boards to provide “the best range and mix of people”

Tánaiste Joan Burton has told the Dáil it was she who proposed the new process for appointments to State boards.Ms Burton said she was focused on havi(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly has warned that his department will have to take action against law firms and lawyers who present bills for payment years after the service has been provided.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times.

Minister for Children James Reilly has warned that his department will have to take action against law firms and lawyers who present bills for payment(...)

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 (...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan ordered the preliminary exercise following disclosures that almost 800 infants and young children had died in the Bon Secours home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan will today brief his Cabinet colleagues on progress in a scoping examination of high mortality rates, burial(...)

Full list of candidates The ability of Labour in Westmeath to stem the predicted electoral tide against the party nationally is a key question (...)

Meath East Fine Gael TD, Helen McEntee, canvassing with Longford-Westmeath Fine Gael bye-election candidate, Cllr Gabrielle McFadden, in Athlone Town Shopping Centre. 2:00

Mayor of Athlone and Westmeath county councillor Gabrielle McFadden is the favourite to win the Longford-Westmeath byelection.Sister of Nicky McFadde(...)

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: “Any overall increase in supports is likely to require additional investment”.  Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A review of Government-sponsored childcare schemes that support more than 100,000 children aims to make them more effective but is un(...)