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 (...)

Photograph: Rui Santos/Getty

Irishmen did not used to be ripped. They could be brawny. They could be teak. They could be hardened by labour, toughened by the fields, made steely b(...)

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(...)