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(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: removed a section on surrogacy from the Children and Family Relationships Act. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Government is preparing to activate parts of the Children and Family Relationships Act, which overhauls the law on adoption and donor-assisted re(...)

Accord’s president Bishop Denis Nulty said in a statement he was “very disappointed that Tusla has made this funding decision.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government rejects claims that State funding for marriage preparation courses provided by a Catholic support agency was withdrawn because of the (...)

A 12-year-old boy, who suffered injuries after he fell 12 feet to the ground from scaffolding, has been awarded €25,000 damages by the Circuit Civil Court. File image: Getty Images.

A 12-year-old boy who suffered injuries after he fell 12 feet to the ground from scaffolding has been awarded €25,000 damages by the Circuit Civil (...)

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(...)