The inspections under the Departments of Education and Children are complementary to the regulatory inspections by Tusla.

Education-focused early years inspections of crèches and pre-schools which take part in the State’s free pre-school year programme have begun this wee(...)

 Junior Infants teacher Caitriona Nic Grianna running the Dina in the classroom  program with Wally the Puppet at Gael Scoil Baile Munna. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The future of three flagship anti-child poverty programmes, in some of the most deprived areas of Dublin, is in doubt. The three Area Based Childhoo(...)

The bail scheme was first recommended by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon in a report to the Government five years ago. Photograph: Garett White/Collins

The Department of Children has published a tender for a new “intensive supervision” bail scheme for minors awaiting trial. The system will add a laye(...)

James O Reilly, Minister for Children

A bail supervision scheme will be piloted for youths remanded to Oberstown detention centre in Lusk, Co Dublin, Minister for Children James Reilly ha(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The cover of the Budget 2016 document unveiled by the Government is illustrated with a silhouetted woman in office garb, carrying a baby in one arm an(...)

The Coalition is planning targeted pre-school funding as part of the budget.  File photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/GettyImages

The budget is expected to begin a process of providing targeted funding to childcare providers to ensure children with disabilities benefit fully from(...)

Minister for Children Dr James Reilly. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

An additional month’s split parental leave is being sought by Minister for Children James Reilly in budget negotiations as one of a number of first mo(...)

Oberstown youth detention facility in Co Dublin.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident at the Oberstown youth detention facility on Wednesday, in which a teenager and sev(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said about 32,000 people would ‘transition’ out of the lone-parent payment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has no intention of reversing the planned cut to the lone-parent allowance next month, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted. Despite sign(...)

Karen Kiernan of One Family: “This reform process is forcing lone parents who are already working part-time to give up their jobs because they no longer meet the eligibility criteria and because work does not pay, meaning even greater poverty.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tánaiste Joan Burton will today meet lone parent groups as pressure mounts on the Government to delay welfare reforms which will affect 30,000 lone(...)