Figures show that the average employee of Google in the UK is being paid twice as much as their colleagues across the Irish Sea. (Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

There was some scratching of heads over the weekend when The Guardian showed that the average employee of Google in the UK is being paid twice as muc(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly (left) and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar during an address to Fine Gael candidates and supporters by Taoiseach  Enda Kenny TD at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has confirmed he became aware of allegations of abuse at a foster home in late 2014. Mr Varadkar said he received a (...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “She was not in a position to speak or to defend herself, and the whistleblower is clear that the most appalling acts were perpetrated in this case.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The foster father in the southeast abuse controversy contacted then minister for health Michael Noonan to have his “beloved daughter’’ kept with the f(...)

HSE director general  Tony O Brien arrives at Leinster House for a Public Accounts Committe meeting at Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The HSE would not contest any claims for damages from families or individuals arising out of the manner in which they were allegedly cared for at a f(...)

 HSE director general Tony O’Brien  said Ann’s family had been encouraged to stop sending their daughter to the foster home from 2009 but were not told of the abuse concerns.

The HSE did not tell the family of a woman with severe intellectual disabilities of its concerns about a risk to her of sexual abuse at a foster home (...)

Tony O’Brien, HSE chief executive, appears before the Public Accounts Committee on February 2nd, 2016. Screengrab photograph: Oireachtas TV

The chief executive of the HSE has acknowledged the organisation mishandled the issuing of an “important apology” to a woman known as “Grace” who is a(...)

The whistleblower says when he became aware of Grace in 2007, she had not had a HSE visit in six years. Photograph: Getty Images

The young woman at the centre of an abuse controversy in the southeast was twice brought to hospital to have bruising around her breast and thigh exam(...)

The story of a profoundly intellectually disabled and non-verbal woman called “Grace”, who was allegedly sexually and physically abused in foster care(...)

There are allegations that children and adults with intellectual disabilities, some of whom are mute, were seriously sexually assaulted at the home.

Why is a case involving a family which fostered children in the 1980s in the news now? The case has been in the public domain since last year, but ca(...)