Beaumont Hospital has confirmed that it is conducting an investigation into complaints about the treatment of a man in his 80s.

Families who say their relatives are being mistreated in State-run care facilities have urged TDs to introduce stronger laws to help prevent abuse (...)

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan endorsed a more gradual approach to lending restrictions rather than suddenly restricting banks from lending more than 80 per cent of a home’s purchase price. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Controversial new rules restricting mortgage lending are likely to exacerbate the high cost of rent, internal Department of Finance records show. Earl(...)

Oberstown is the setting for a new child detention campus which will accommodate teenage offenders who until recently have been placed in St Patrick’s Institution, a wing of Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: The Irish Times

Inspectors have raised concern that young people in a State-run child detention school are being routinely isolated in locked rooms to help manage dis(...)

The group Mothers and Fathers Matter organised a photocall outside Leinster House yesterday as the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 was presented to Cabinet. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rewind back to the 1960s for a moment. Cohabiting couples were rare and just 3 per cent of children were born outside wedlock. That was when we last r(...)

Concern over the gap between rich and poor isn’t new. But ever since French economist Thomas Piketty became compulsory reading for world leaders, t(...)

Kathleen Lynch: Minister has conceded to colleagues that the Coaltion is taking heavy criticism over money pledged for mental health not being spent. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Internal documents show Minister of State Kathleen Lynch has admitted to colleagues that the Government is taking a “serious battering” over money ple(...)

Report by economic think-tank Tasc is likely to pose fresh questions over definition of “squeezed middle”. Photograph: Getty

The income share of the top 1 per cent in Ireland – those with incomes of more than €200,000 – has almost doubled since the 1980s, new research sugge(...)

Economic inequality is often seen as inevitable, but it needn’t be so. Photograph: Getty

Economic inequality is often portrayed as an inevitable force of nature: it’s a shame climate change is heating up the globe; and it’s sad that the(...)

Tasc research indicates State  now the most unequal country in the EU when it comes to how the economy distributes income. Photograph: Getty Images

The gap between rich and poor is on the rise with more than a third of all income concentrated in the hands of the top 10 per cent of earners, new res(...)

It’s comforting to think of Ireland as a model global citizen. Our history of peacekeeping, neutrality and aid work in Africa should stand us in good (...)