A group of asylum seekers have said they were protesting over delays in the processing of their asylum status, and also complained about conditions at their accommodation centre. File photograph: Getty Images

A group of protesting asylum seekers who claimed to be on hunger strike at an accommodation centre in Co Limerick have been transferred to other asylu(...)

Mariano ‘Gaucho’ de Ritis from  Argentina and Francesco ‘El Tano’ Casatta from  Italy, of reggae band Microguagua, warm up for the Spraoi festival. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Waterford is bracing itself for an influx of up to 40,000 visitors from home and abroad as the city prepares to host the 22nd annual Spraoi festival.(...)

Groups representing young people in care have expressed alarm that the changes will place vulnerable young people at even greater risk of falling through the cracks of the care system.

Planned changes to the State’s care system will result in payments to foster families ceasing where a young person is not involved in education or tr(...)

‘We need strong vision, less spinning,’ Archbiship Diarmuid Martin  said at the launch of the Crosscare report. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The level of homelessness in Dublin has been described as “shameful” by Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. “We need strong vision, less spinning,” h(...)

Q My husband and I are writing this letter together. We’re just back from our first family holiday abroad in three years and seemed to spend the wh(...)

Chairwoman of the National Review Panel Dr Helen Buckley with Paul Harrison at the launch of the report. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The Child and Family Agency has apologised for failing to meet the needs of a vulnerable teenager in State care, who died despite being in desperat(...)

Danny Talbot’s aunts Donna (left) and Deborah Lamb in Dublin yesterday. Every week the sisters come to Dublin’s Liffey boardwalk in search of vulnerable young people to help. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A damning report into the death of a teenager who spent most of his life in State care reveals a series of missed opportunities by social services t(...)

Two out of three paediatricians say they treat more overweight or obese children in their clinics than they did two years ago. Photograph: Getty Images

Paediatricians are seeing more children with sleep problems and asthma as the incidence of obesity continues to increase, a new survey shows.Two out (...)

For a burn, run cold or lukewarm water over the burned area for at least 15 minutes as hot drinks can burn for that length of time after being poured.

Like many parents, one of my greatest fears is of one of my children choking. With three smallies under five at home, I’ve had my fair share of minor (...)

Bríd Smith (second from right) at a water charges protest during the local election campaign with fellow People Before Profit candidates Paul Shields,  Kim O’Donnell and Andrew Keegan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Every householder will be asked to provide their bank account details, their PPS numbers and the PPS numbers of any children living with them to Irish(...)