Jim Breslin returns to the Department of Health after serving as inaugural secretary general at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced the appointment of Jim Breslin as secretary general of the Department of Health. Mr Breslin rejoins the(...)

Janet Mahon: ‘It is important to us that she [Abigail Kate] is in a warm environment with an equal focus on play and learning.’

Working parents often believe their child’s first day at school will bring an end to their childcare burden. Bless their innocence. People who have be(...)

Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Co Galway historian who researched the deaths of almost 800 infants and children in the Bon Secours home in Tuam from the 1920s to 1961 has welco(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveils his new Cabinet in the Dáil this afternoon.

A Cheann Comhairle, I wish to inform the House that the President, acting on my advice, has accepted the resignations of Deputy Pat Rabbitte, Deput(...)

Eddie McEntee, who says he  was abused in foster care in Kildare in the 1940s. He is applying to mother and baby inquiry to have fostered children in  the 1930s and 1940s and up to 1952 to be included in the terms of reference of mother and baby inquiry. Photograph:  Joanne O’Brien

A call has been made for the terms of the forthcoming inquiry into mother and baby homes to be extended to include people who were in foster care over(...)

Some of those who attended a vigil in memory of babies who died at mother and baby homes across the State. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Several hundred people attended a vigil in memory of babies who died at mother and baby homes across the State outside the Dáil tonight. The vigil w(...)

A Government inquiry into the mother and baby homes will not be confined to St Mary’s in Tuam, Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Government inquiry into the mother and baby homes will not be confined to St Mary’s in Tuam, Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan has said.“Tuam w(...)

Eoin Colfer: “I feel I am representing my family and my county and indeed all book people in Ireland, which is not something I mean to take lightly. I intend to spend my time spreading stories to every nook and cranny in the country.”   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Novelist Eoin Colfer has been named as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature. The former primary school teacher, bes(...)

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There are one or two dates in your life that you only later realise had life-changing significance. For me it was November 1st, 2010. That day (...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald,  Fiach Connolly, Dara Connolly, executive director, ReCreate and Teresa Heeney, chair of ReCreate and COO Early Childhood Ireland. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill/Fennells

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald today launched a new social enterprise that sources unwanted and surplus materials for use as art, cr(...)