The Child and Family Agency  is responsible for inspecting all pre-schools, play groups, crèches and day care services that cater for children aged under six

Senior officials have privately expressed concern that the inspection system for the State’s 4,500 pre-schools is not robust enough to identify servic(...)

Teresa Heeney, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, said one year’s paid parental leave should be only one element of reform package

The introduction of a full year’s paid parental leave split between both parents could take as long as five years to fully implement, a childcare gr(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly: has indicated he would like to restore the capitation grant to its previous level. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

The reversal of cuts to State funding to childcare and increasing the money provided by the exchequer above its previous levels is being considered a(...)

Child and Family Agency chief executive Gordon Jeyes confirmed last weekend the agency was in discussion with the Department of Children on measures required to save up to €18 million this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The board of the Child and Family Agency privately warned the Minister for Children that funding pressures could lead to “draconian” cuts to vital sup(...)

The corporate element of Arthur Cox’s work for child and family agency Tusla is worth €800,000 a year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The legal firm Arthur Cox has received more than €16 million from Government departments and State bodies since 2011, according to newly released figu(...)

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(...)