A spokesman for JJ Rhatigan said the firm disagreed with the finding and planned to appeal the decision on the workers’ status. Photograph: Getty Images

A State authority has determined that a number of construction workers on a Government-funded school building project were employees and not self-empl(...)

 The Child Care Law Reporting Project has identified regional differences in the number of childcare orders sought. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

There are major variations in the number of childcare orders being sought in the courts in different parts of the country, latest figures show. The f(...)

Fred McBride, the chief operating officer of Tusla, said the organisation accepted that use of single separation was not adequate on occasions.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some troubled children at a special care unit were forced to urinate on the floor while being isolated in a “safe room” for long periods of time ti(...)

  A spokesman for Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the free travel scheme would remain intact. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

State transport providers have privately sought the introduction of rush-hour travel restrictions for holders of free travel passes as part of a revie(...)

Former PD minister Liz O’Donnell: involved in lobbying in recent years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lobbyists attempting to influence policies will need to record details of their contacts with public officials for a publicly accessible register fr(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  removed a citizenship clause so individuals couldn’t avoid the tax by renouncing their citizenship. Photograph: Eric Luke

Hundreds of high earners who tried to use tax breaks and shelters to maximise their income ended up paying over €60 million tax under measures introdu(...)

The placement of children in withdrawal rooms is regarded by most special schools as a measure of last resort to protect the safety of pupils and staff. Photograph: The Irish Times

Special needs campaigners have called for the introduction of official rules governing the use of “seclusion rooms” in schools to manage the behaviour(...)

Dylan Kennedy (10) with his mother Debbie Kennedy at home in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Debbie Kennedy accepts her 10-year-old son can be difficult to handle on occasion. He’s autistic and has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperac(...)

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said that “some provisional IRA organisational infrastructure continues to exist”. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

  The international body set up to monitor paramilitary activity in the North stated in its final report in 2011 that the IRA had “gone ou(...)

Bogus self-employment has been a long-running issue in the construction sector.  Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire.

Who do you work for? In the sepia-tinted days of the traditional workplace, it was an easy answer. Work, for the most part, involved a single firm, a (...)