Adoption rights campaigner David Kinsella: ‘We all should have a right to our identity.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

David Kinsella was illegitimate child number 1629 at St Patrick’s mother-and-baby home in the late 1950s. For years, it was the only information he ha(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Photograph: Alan Betson

Changes to the State’s care system will result in payments to foster families ceasing where a young person is not involved in education or training o(...)

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly and Michelle Shannon, director of the  Department of Children and Youth Affairs, at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Planned legislation that would offer up to 50,000 adopted people a legal right to information about their birth parents for the first time has been de(...)

Costs arise mostly from accommodation and legal fees in direct provision system. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State has spent more than €700 million in the past five years on accommodation costs and legal fees for people seeking refugee or protection statu(...)

Last year, the HSE was forced to spend a record €336 million on agency staff and overtime to fill vacancies.

The rising cost of hiring agency staff to fill gaps in essential front-line health services has emerged as a major concern facing the Health Servic(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the problems reported at nursing homes were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Recent reports of inadequate standards in nursing homes by the health watchdog Hiqa are “unacceptable”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. Sp(...)

Jimmy Kelly of Unite says many employers see labour as “nothing more than a commodity, to be picked up and discarded as convenient”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two out of every five workers in Ireland are reliant on insecure contracts, a conference heard today. The secretary of the Unite Ireland trade union s(...)

Inspectors have criticised a nursing home run by the HSE for providing inadequate access to showers and toilets for vulnerable residents. It is the se(...)

The Government’s working group report once again offers policymakers an ambitious blueprint. Photograph: Getty Images

Governments have a habit of discovering childcare as a political issue in the run-up to an election. And while they have an excellent record of p(...)

Dr James Reilly and other  Cabinet members arriving  at Lissadell House on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Government blueprint on investment in childcare proposes that all working parents could receive State subsidies for children up to the age of 12 (...)