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 (...)

Junior masterchefs: junior finalist Maeve McManus and senior finalist Jordan Harrison taking part in Safefood’s Takeaway My Way all-Ireland competition

Most young people know that they need to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and that processed and sugary foods aren’t good for them. They’ve been told(...)

Trish Connolly and her two daughters, Fiadh and Sadbh, at their home in Rathfarnham. Photograph: Alan Betson

The International Adoption Association (IAA) sees “glimmers of hope on the horizon” for would-be adoptive parents as it prepares for its annual confer(...)

“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She does ‘mumsy’ well”, murmurs an observer, watching the local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, drive off after declari(...)

Nature’s way: The refurbished playground in Merrion Square, Dublin, which is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story The Selfish Giant

Swings and roundabouts: What playground do you favour, and why? Email swayman@irishtimes.com or comment on the article below. We hope to publish a (...)