‘Christmas: love it or loathe it, we pretty much know that if we have the wherewithal, it’s incumbent on us to step up to the mark and get on with it at the first tinkle of Jingle Bells.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

So, it’s happening. Christmas is about to crash down, like a sad drunk into a decorative bay tree. If we’re lucky and fate has left us off the (...)

The Links Creche at Abington, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

RTÉ has been asked to explain what additional evidence it has on a creche owner facing trial for breaking child for breaking child protection laws fol(...)

At least two referendums will be held in May 2015, the Cabinet decided today.

The Cabinet today agreed that a number of referendums, including one on same-sex marriage , will be held in May next year. The polls expected to be he(...)

RTÉ’s planned closure of its long-wave radio service on January 19th has been described as a “crying shame”

RTÉ’s planned closure of its long-wave radio service on January 19th has been described as a “crying shame” by a leading Irish child sex abuse campai(...)

From Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

The best of the children’s and young adult books published in 2014 were distinguished by their variety, their originality, their literary and artis(...)

Minister  for Children James Reilly: ‘We must learn lessons from the examination of serious incidents or deaths relating to children who receive care.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s social services watchdog will have a new role overseeing reports into deaths or serious incidents involving children in contact with the c(...)

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 j(...)

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(...)