Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton:  has pledged to establish an independent commission on low pay  to advise the Government on minimum wage levels  if elected Labour leader. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A “living wage” of €11.45 an hour is needed to provide an acceptable minimum standard of living to employees, according to research by campaign group(...)

Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan said the events of last October have had a serious impact on the two Roma children involved and their families. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

The Government has offered to compensate both Roma families at the centre of a storm of controversy last year when two of their children were remov(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan  at the Department of Justice, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It began with an email containing the barest of details.Shortly before 10am on October 21st last, the Garda’s missing person bureau received a message(...)

Parents Loreda and Iancu with their two children Regina and Iancu junior (2), who was taken into care last October.

An inquiry by the Ombudsman for Children has found ethnic profiling played a role in the Garda’s decision to remove two Roma children from their famil(...)

An independent review has recommended that the Abbey Theatre place more emphasis on supporting new Irish writing and less on being a “cultural institu(...)

Under the travel scheme, pass-holders can travel free on State-funded transport such as Irish Rail and Bus Éireann, as well as services offered by up to 90 private operators across the State

Transport providers have threatened to withdraw from the free travel scheme on the basis that it is not covering the cost of offering the service. (...)

Up until late last year, residential centres for more than 9,000 adults and children with disabilities had not been subject to independent inspections or care regulations. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Social services inspectors found that a residential centre for vulnerable children with disabilities was in breach of care regulations by failing to d(...)

Psychiatry artefacts at Grangegorman Community Museum: while the closure of outdated asylums   is to be welcomed, we need to be able to look after patients released to the community. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It looks like major progress, on the face of it. Most of our Victorian-era asylums have finally closed and the number of inpatient beds for people wit(...)

Mental Health Commission  chief executive Patricia Gilheaney and chairman  John Saunders at the publication of the commission’s 2013 Annual Report. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Mental health services are in danger of “stagnating and moving backwards”, the State’s watchdog for psychiatric care has warned.A combination of staff(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch told the Dáil recently that the vast majority – 98 per cent, or 468 – of the jobs had been “allocated” and would be filled as soon as possible.  .Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hundreds of positions pledged for community-based mental health teams last year have still not been filled, latest figures show.The numbers come at a (...)