A shrine set up at the site of what is believed to be the location of a mass grave of up to 800 children in the grounds of the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, Co Galwy. Photograph: EPA

A statutory commission of investigation is to be set up by the Government into issues in religious-run mother and baby homes across the State. The dec(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan ordered the preliminary exercise following disclosures that almost 800 infants and young children had died in the Bon Secours home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan will today brief his Cabinet colleagues on progress in a scoping examination of high mortality rates, burial(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said  the purpose of conducting any criminal investigation was to convict suspects in cases where evidence of crimes was established. However, the commencement of such investigations in the case of the Tuam mother and baby home was a decision for the Garda.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has sought a report from the Garda on all of the information available to the force about the burial of childr(...)

In a statement last night, Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary said while the archdiocese would co-operate with any inquiry, it did not have any involvement in the running of the home and had no records in its archives.

There is growing pressure on the Government to hold a full historical inquiry into the deaths of almost 800 children in a mother and baby home in T(...)

The site of the mother-and-baby home, in Tuam. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 1:57

The Government is giving “active consideration” to addressing the issue of children who died many years ago in mother and baby homes. Minister for Chi(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Nominations for the position close this afternoon, and the contest follows last week’s promotion of former chairman Charlie Flanagan to Cabinet as Minister for Children. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

FIACH KELLYFine Gael TDs and Senators will elect a new chairman of the parliamentary party tomorrow, with calls for a strong figure who can stand up t(...)

Wicklow Independent Stephen Donnelly challenged the Tánaiste on an ESRI report indicating that the poorest 10 per cent of people were being asked to give up the most. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore believes he knows the identity of Fianna Fáil’s next parliamentary recruit.Galway East Independent Colm Keaveney has already jo(...)

Colm Keaveney announces he is joining Fianna Fáil on the plinth at the Dáil last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has claimed Galway East TD Colm Keaveney would “join the Hizbullah” if he thought it would advance his(...)

Mr Keaveney’s move

The decision by Galway East TD Colm Keaveney to join Fianna Fáil reflects his determination to remain a relevant voice in the Dáil, just as Micheal Ma(...)