I am getting really tired of advocates of state-funded childcare who make claims along the lines that long-term studies show that every €1 invested in early quality care and education will deliver €7 in improved outcomes. Those studies were conducted on disadvantaged children

During his budget speech, the Minister for Public Expenditure said that investment in childcare has both social and economic returns. It allows people(...)

Ukip believes this can be its breakthrough election, but the first-past-the-post system may yet undo the party’s electoral ambitions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Standing before an audience in the Institute of Government overlooking The Mall near Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning, Dr Stephen Fisher from Tri(...)

A photograph of the People’s Democracy civil rights march from Belfast to Derry which was attacked at Burntollet Bridge. Photograph from the NUIG Boyle Archive

When a young Co Down student visited Detroit at the height of the US civil rights movement in the early 1970s, he was struck by the treatment of black(...)

Children are often fed up with sandwich bread and the same old fillings that remind them of school days. Think about colour to entice them, with their lunch boxes and the food you put in them. Photograph: Thinkstock

Last month Michelle Obama undertook yet again to fight attempts to delay enforcement of US school lunch nutrition standards. The Washington Post repor(...)

Facebook has become less trendy in recent years, as more parents send friend requests to their children, and competing social networks increasingly ho(...)

The average Irish man born in 1980 is now 1.76cm tall (5ft 9in).

  Irish men are an average of 8cm or almost three and a half inches taller than they were a century ago, according to new research. (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Government Ministers, Opposition members and NGO representatives at the Yes for Children campaign bus at Government Buildings. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A British professor of government has told the High Court he believes information provided unlawfully by the Irish Government to citizens in th(...)