Mary O’Hara,  tutor and co-ordinator of the health-promotion programme at  Sligo’s community training centre. Photograph: James Connolly

A mass exodus of all students and staff for a half-hour walk at 2.30pm every day for five weeks. The transformation of a concrete yard with paint a(...)

Youth mental health is such a “buzz” phrase these days that it is hard to believe it was hardly discussed in Ireland just a decade ago. The eme(...)

Model and basketball player, Emer Foley (left), with Katie Dennison and Megan Dempsey at the launch of a new programme “Free Being Me”, empowering girls through improving body confidence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Emer Foley was in third class at primary school when she began to be conscious that she was bigger than her friends. There was a weighing scale(...)

The road to adulthood: the burden of debt will be carried by our young generation into their adult lives, yet the social transfers to them have declined to a much greater extent than to other groups. Photograph: Bob Scott via Getty Images

The recent census figures confirmed that the biggest victims of years of austerity have been our youngest citizens. The proportion of children (...)

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(...)

Ireland’s children are not doing so well, if the recent plethora of reports is to be believed. Far from being the best little country to raise a famil(...)

Ted O’Donovan, Liam Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan and John Hegarty lay a plank on the Ilen.

Witnessing a “whiskey planking” is not an everyday event in a politician’s diary, but Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney is on the guest list for o(...)

Dr Fergal Lynch has been announced as the new secretary general for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Dr Fergal Lynch has been appointed as secretary general of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, it has been announced. *In a statement, Minis(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has launched a new resource designed to help children and young people going into care.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new resource designed to help children and young people going into care was launched today by Minister for Children Dr James Reilly. The material, a(...)

Dr Dorothy Watson, of the Economic and Social Research Institute: ‘There have been important changes over time in the composition of economically vulnerable families.’ Photograph: Joe St Leger

Children born to mothers in their 30s with a third-level education are less likely to develop emotional or behavioural problems as a result of their (...)