HSE director gereral Tony O’Brien at Leinster House, ahead of speaking to the Public Accounts Committee about the handling of abuse allegations surrounding a foster home in the southeast. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RolllingNews.ie

Three people, at a meeting in 1996, decided that a young woman with serious intellectual disabilities and who could not talk should stay in a foster h(...)

A couple who won €500,000 in the lottery split up after the money ran out, a court has heard. File photograph: Philip Sears/Reuters

A couple who won €500,000 in the lottery split up after the money ran out, a family District Court in the northwest has heard. The woman, who was not(...)

Two headmasters gave evidence in the trial after a prosecution was brought by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.  Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

A Dublin couple has been fined for failing to ensure their children went to school. One child missed 87 per cent of days in one year. After a two-day(...)

Some NGOs working with asylum-seekers and migrants,  have already said the Bill is rushed and called for it to be withdrawn to give more time for debate.  Photograph: David Sleator

Serious concerns have been expressed by the Law Society of Ireland about new legislation that will limit the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees to (...)

Labour Senator Máiría Cahill. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A victim of domestic violence will find herself homeless two weeks before Christmas, Labour Senator Máiría Cahill told the Seanad. She said the woma(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham. “The report highlights a lack of availability of suitable and appropriate services for vulnerable parents.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Vulnerable parents must be provided with “appropriate supports” to break the “vicious cycle” of their children being taken into care, the Chie(...)

Minister for Childre Dr James Reilly: said the most important requirements for young people leaving care included continuity of relationships and secure suitable accommodation

A structured aftercare plan for children and young people leaving State care is to become the norm, Minister for Children Dr James Reilly sai(...)

A card laid at the gates of Bessborough during a Bessborough Mother and Baby Support Group memorial service in Cork. Photograph: Provision

A State commission of inquiry is to investigate the number of baby deaths at a Cork Mother and Baby Home after it emerged that official records dif(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice Aodhán Ó Ríordáin last month said the homeless and housing crisis in Dublin meant refugees should be accommodated elsewhere in the country. Photograph: Reuters

Refugees coming to Ireland as part of the response to the European migrant crisis are expected to be put in long-term accommodation outside Dublin. (...)

A former social care worker claims there is a major hidden problem of sexual exploitation involving vulnerable young people in the State care system.(...)