A case over alleged breaches of childcare regulations by Giraffe creche in Stepaside was struck out by the Dublin District Court yesterday after a judge ruled the Child and Family Agency did not have legal standing to bring the prosecution.

Prosecutions by the Child and Family Agency against creches over the welfare of children – as well as individuals accused of abusing young people – ha(...)

Child sex abuse survivor Louise O’Keefe was I said it was a positive meeting with Enda Kenny overall, as he pledged tghatCabinet would make a decision before Christmas on whether the state is going to continue to fight claims by people abused while attending primary school.

Child sex abuse survivor, Louise O’Keeffe has welcomed a pledge from Taoiseach, Enda Kenny that the Cabinet will make a decision before Christmas on w(...)

The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, has announced households made up of two adults or more will have to pay €160 a year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Another Q&A about Irish Water? Seriously? Have we not been here before? Yes, yes we have. This is the fifth water-based Q&A we’ve done in just(...)

The Links Créche and Montessori Ltd, at Abington Wood, Swords Road, Malahide, Co Dublin, and its director Deirdre Kelly, from Saint Olaves, Kinsealy, Co Dublin are accused of breaking the Childcare Act and pre-school services regulations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Dublin crèche facing trial for breaking child protection laws following a RTÉ investigation has demanded 160 hours of video footage allegedly held b(...)

The report recommends police establish better links with young people. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland used their fearsome reputations to sexually exploit children, according to a report.Powerful individuals connected (...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: said  last year she was “struck” by  comments of the Rape Crisis Centre and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, who also opposed the move. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to formally abandon moves by her predecessor Alan Shatter to lower the age of sexual consent from 17 to 1(...)

‘Seán MacBride  had sent an even more obsequious letter to archbishop McQuaid on his own election to the Dáil.’

It is difficult to believe how much the religious atmosphere of Ireland has changed over the lifetime of many of us. Life itself, of course, has chang(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “We don’t know who these men are we don’t know what they have done since they arrived among us in their banishment. But we need to know. And we intend to find out.” File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A Cheann Comhairle, Dáil Éireann meets today to discuss allegations made by Ms Maíria Cahill against the IRA and that organisation’s handling of them.(...)

IThe company involved in running the website refused to say who uploaded the images. Photograph: Getty

The PSNI is investigating how Northern Irish schoolgirls have had their pictures posted on a pornographic website that has paedophile viewers.A total (...)

The judge said the family situation was ‘crying out’ for the involvement of the State. Photograph: Reuters

A woman who has been taking care of her nephew in her own home applied for guardianship of him yesterday at the District Family Court, telling the jud(...)