Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced new reforms for early childhood care and education. File photograph: iThinkstock

All staff working with children in pre-school settings will be required to have a level 5 qualification under regulations to be published shortly, Min(...)

A preschool class at St Bernadette’s Junior School in Clondalkin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Parents who put off sending their children to preschool in September have been offered a chance to enrol them now – provided they can find a place. Un(...)

 Nóirín Hayes: “It’s almost like saying we will build hospitals and people who are sick can go there and they’ll be fine – and we haven’t got any of the equipment, and we haven’t got the trained personnel but sure we’ll mind them.” Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The Government’s plan for a second free preschool year for children is “ill-thought through and deceptive” and misses the real investment needs of the(...)

Children from Cottage Kids Playschool in Tyrellstown, Lusk present their book “Being and Becoming Mathematicians Through Play” to the Minister for Education Jan O’ Sullivan. Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells

  Parents of children paying for pre-school care will not benefit from the childcare measures announced in Budget 2016. Minister for P(...)

The Doctor Dr William Behan Local GP representative As a representative of GPs in Drimnagh, dealing with the HSE for the last ten years, Dr Behan i(...)

Members of Merlin College Choral Group from Galway and performers from Bui Bolg, Wexford, at the launch of the National Youth Strategy 2015-2020 at Bluebell Youth Project. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some €600,000 has been earmarked to combat unemployment among the most disadvantaged young people. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reil(...)

 Minister for Children Dr James Reilly speaking. File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

An employment strategy targeted at the most marginalised young people in Irish society will be announced by Minister for Children Dr James Reilly toda(...)

The C&AG report reveals that while €217 million was disbursed to various sporting and charitable programmes last year under the umbrella of lotto funding, only €178 million came directly from the fund

Almost 20 per cent of money given out to good causes under the auspices of the National Lottery came directly from the Government rather than ticket s(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tánaiste Joan Burton at the launch of the Government’s Capital Investment Plan, at Heuston station, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government on Tuesday announced a capital plan worth €27 billion over the next six years. The capital programme aims to provide for major infrastr(...)

There are 48 boys and one girl housed on the Oberstown campus near Lusk, north Co Dublin.

Of the four teenagers who escaped from a Dublin youth detention facility last month, just one remains at large after two of the group were returned to(...)