Children’s campaigners have called for a total prohibition on corporal punishment following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear(...)

While legislation which allowed parents to use force against their children was repealed almost 15 years ago, the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ still exists in common law for parents or child carers

The Government is to review laws which permit the slapping of children, following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear ban is a (...)

Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters  on Universal Children’s Day last November, protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s the details that shock: children growing up in State-sanctioned poverty without enough toys or clothes; parents buckling under the strain of ment(...)

A State watchdog has expressed "grave concern" over the volume of welfare or abuse issues relating to asylum-seeking children living in State-(...)

Sister Stanislaus Kennedy: “I have thought a lot about this,” she told The Irish Times. “I am going to vote Yes in recognition of the gay community as full members of society. They should have an entitlement to marry. It is a civil right and a human right.”   Above: Sr Stan outside the Dáil in 2012 with campaigners against sex trafficking. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy has announced she will vote in favour of same-sex marriage in the forthcoming referendum.“I have thought a lot about this,” she (...)

Migrants, many fleeing Syria, arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland has nothing to fear from immigration and should take its “fair share” of migrants to help ease the crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean, a(...)

 Paudie Coffey, Minister of State with responsibility for housing and planning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A package of measures aimed at breathing new life into towns and city centres blighted by shop closures and vacant sites is set to be announced by th(...)

Changing demographics: A majority feel our immigration policies should be made more restrictive (53 per cent), but these numbers have also fallen. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Attitudes towards immigration have hardened since the economic crash, a new survey indicates.The findings are based on a poll of 1,000 people carried (...)

The initiative allows mortgage holders to surrender their homes to a not-for-profit housing association, which then rents it to the original owners

The Government is considering widening eligibility rules for its mortgage-to-rent scheme as part of a series of measures aimed at tackling the home re(...)

 Former chief executive of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) Mike Aynsley. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

(...) of the State-owned bank when it approved the sale of building services group Siteserv to Mr O’Brien(...)