Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of the Child and Family Agency/Tusla, said an additional €45 million was required next year just to keep services at a standstill. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Health has privately lobbied for staffing numbers at the Child and Family Agency to be cut, internal documents show. Staff tr(...)

Minister of State  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with a resident at the direct-provision centre at the Montague Hotel in Portlaoise. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

All asylum seekers receive a short booklet of rules when they take up residency in the direct provision system.“The Reception and Integration Agency w(...)

The number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum referred to the Child and Family Agency was 120 last year. This compares to 339 in 2008 and 863 in 2002. Photograph: Getty Images

CARL O’BRIEN State authorities have been unable to tell researchers how many child asylum seekers(...)

Fr Paddy Byrne, Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin,  Monsignor John Byrne and Senator John Whelan at the Montague Hotel direct provision centre. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

A parish priest was finally allowed entry to a direct provision centre for asylum seekers on Monday after a controversial decision to refuse him acce(...)

A case over alleged breaches of childcare regulations by Giraffe creche in Stepaside was struck out by the Dublin District Court yesterday after a judge ruled the Child and Family Agency did not have legal standing to bring the prosecution.

Prosecutions by the Child and Family Agency against creches over the welfare of children – as well as individuals accused of abusing young people – ha(...)

Water usage: to use less than the amount at which the State charges kick in will not be easy and will require a complete change of habits.

Can you beat the cap? Under the new water charges regime, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has encouraged householders to save money by using (...)

Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive of Tusla- Child and Family Agency and Suzanne O’Brien who spent time in foster care. Inspectors have found a number of foster care households had not had visits from professionals to check if children’s needs were being addressed. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Social services were unable to guarantee a safe and effective service was being delivered to children in foster care in parts of the State, an inspect(...)

Philomena Lee says Senator Averil Power’s  Bill would other women who were separated from their sons and daughters by adoption. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government will not oppose a new adoption Bill which seeks to give adoptees a right to their birth certificates, listing their original names and(...)

The Government’s scramble to reduce water charges and increase allowances means households will end up paying the cheapest water rates in Europe. (...)

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly, who will unveil the final water charges plan today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 5:54

The Government will enshrine a permanent water charges cap in law in an effort to persuade homeowners their water bills will not increase substantiall(...)