China’s stock market rally is creating two billionaires a week. Even a recent equities slump has failed to halt the momentum. A total of nine n(...)

Children’s campaigners have called for a total prohibition on corporal punishment following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear(...)

Patrick O’Brien (76) is facing 75 counts of indecent assault at numerous locations throughout the State including St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin

A former lay worker with the Church of Ireland is to stand trial accused of sexual abuse of 10 boys between 1977 and 1990. Patrick O’Brien (76) is fac(...)

A boy begging in an alleyway off Dawson Street in Dublin. The State must address delays in the provision of social housing and ensure emergency housing “is appropriate to children’s needs”, says the Ombudsman for Children’s report. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government is tolerating “unacceptable” levels of child poverty, standing over discrimination in schools and failing to protect children from viol(...)

John Waters at a First Families First press conference in Dublin, May 19th, 2015. He  said the ruling of discrimination in the Ashers Bakery case was “indicative” of where society is headed.  “Will a Muslim baker have to accept an order for a cake with a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad; will a Jewish baker have to accept an order for a cake from a neo-Nazi group with a Swastika on it? Where will it end?” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:35

The First Families First group advocating a No vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum has said nobody has challenged their concerns o(...)

Gardaí have released a photograph of the baby found abandoned on the outskirts of Dublin on Friday, May 8th. The baby, who has been named Maria, was found on Steelstown Road, a side road near the Blackchurch Inn in Rathcoole.

Gardaí have released a photograph of the baby found abandoned on the outskirts of Dublin on Friday, May 8th.The baby, who has been named Maria, was fo(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “Anybody who finds themselves in a situation like that where the baby is found in those circumstances, clearly that has to be a very traumatic situation for the mother as well.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has directly appealed to the mother of a baby girl found at the side of a road in Dublin last week to come(...)

Senator  Ronan Mullen said the organisations received almost €15 million from Atlantic Philanthropies in recent years. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has claimed philanthropist Chuck Feeney is interfering in Irish democracy by funding gay rights groups. Mr Mullen m(...)

The Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency will lose its €81,000 annual allocation from Tusla Child and Family Agency due to cost-cutting measures. Photograph: Getty Images

A group which promotes social inclusion for people with disabilities has said it will have to cease certain operations from July after Tusla officials(...)

Accord’s president Bishop Denis Nulty said in a statement he was “very disappointed that Tusla has made this funding decision.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government rejects claims that State funding for marriage preparation courses provided by a Catholic support agency was withdrawn because of the (...)