Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: “The legislation gives the inspectorate new powers to be used before the stage of prosecution. We have brought in a range of pre-prosecution actions which empowers them much more.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Child safety, management and staffing and record-keeping have been identified as ongoing areas of “particular(...)

Holybrook House is described as an investment that “looks very attractive to savvy investors who are anticipating a marked recovery in the Dublin office sector”

A fully occupied office building opposite the entrance to Holles Street hospital in Dublin 2 goes on the m(...)

The Irish Seed Savers Association says the project, based in Scarriff, Co Clare, is unsustainable without Government support.

The Irish Seed Savers Association, which protects and conserves heritage seeds, vegetables and fruit, says its closure is inevitable if it doesn’t rai(...)

The Irish Seed Savers Association says the project, based in Scarriff, Co Clare, is unsustainable without Government support.

The Irish Seed Savers Association, which protects and conserves heritage seeds, vegetables and fruit, says its closure is inevitable if it doesn’t rai(...)

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, with TDs and Senators from all parties on the plinth at Leinster House after a breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Equality for women is associated with better health for everyone. Despite this, equal participation of women in decision-making forums remains abysmal(...)

 Philanthropist Chuck Feeney: has donated $6.5 billion worldwide and will cease his activities in Ireland by 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

Atlantic Philanthropies, which makes charitable donations on behalf of its founder Chuck Feeney, has granted €14.85 million to State agency Pobal t(...)

The second tranche of HSE creche inspection reports relating to 37 childcare facilities in Limerick city and county were published on the Pobal website yesterday relating to inspections carried out in 2012 and 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Almost two-thirds of creches in Limerick county and city were found to be non-compliant under one or more headings by the HSE at the time of inspectio(...)

New standards for crèche inspections will be put in place in September, Frances Fitzgerald said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

New standards for crèche inspections will be put in place in September with an emphasis the importance of the relationships children experience in chi(...)

File photograph of children playing in a classroom of a private nursery school.

A lack of Garda vetting, inadequate facilities and staff members raising their voices with children were among the issues raised in creche inspection(...)

The State’s investment in preschool tuition is largely on the basis that high-quality early-years education can yield significant benefits for children later in life. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

Unpublished inspection reports examining the quality of tuition in creches delivering the free preschool year – w(...)

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