Leo Varadkar: Was unconvinced that sponsorship of sporting events increased overall consumption. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister for tourism and sport Leo Varadkar argued there was “no evidence” that a ban on sports sponsorship by drinks companies would help tack(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “Our children are too important. We must be certain that our investment in this area is as effective as possible, giving the best outcomes to children, young people and their parents.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Significant changes in the funding of childcare are expected to emerge from a high-level group established by Minister for Children James Reilly whic(...)

Oberstown is the setting for a new child detention campus which will accommodate teenage offenders who until recently have been placed in St Patrick’s Institution, a wing of Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: The Irish Times

Inspectors have raised concern that young people in a State-run child detention school are being routinely isolated in locked rooms to help manage dis(...)

Arthur Cox’s involvement in one and a half – or possibly even two – sides of the plain-tobacco-packaging issue has allowed James Reilly to look decisive and tough. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is a singular achievement these days to make Minister for Children James Reilly look good, but Arthur Cox has managed it. The law firm’s involvemen(...)

Minister for Children Dr James Reilly: he said the findings would help in his department’s reform of youth services. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

There is a lack of evidence to show how more than €180 million spent on youth services has helped to secure better outcomes for disadvantaged young pe(...)

Monica Rowe, Childline’s national manager: ‘The season can bring unwelcome stress on families and issues such as financial pressures and alcohol misuse in the home.’

Childline responded to more than 1,200 calls and messages from young people who needed to talk on Christmas Day.The service, run by the Irish Society (...)

Childline’s night-time service is to remain open after the charity reached an agreement with the Government over funding and use of technology. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Childline is to remain open at night-time after the Government and the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children reached an agreement on eme(...)

The Growing Up in Ireland survey indicates that “children are not necessarily aware of a parent’s financial stress, but they do pick up if parents are struggling”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Children can experience emotional and psychological problems arising out of the recession even if their parents’ economic situation improves.Children (...)

Doug Leeds, chief executive of Ask.com, says the company plans to invest millions of dollars into improving the technological and human moderation of the website.

The chief executive of Ask. com, the parent company of the controversial Ask.fm website linked to online bullying, says the group have hired the best (...)

Alan Kelly:  described young people leaving care as a “key risk category” among those vulnerable to homelessness.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has directed that every local authority be reminded of their obligations to “meet the housing needs” of young(...)