Tánaiste Joan Burton said she would like to see an increase in child benefit in the next budget.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton is seeking an increase of about €5 in child benefit – or €60 a year – as discussions get under way over the Government’s final pr(...)

Mosney reception centre for asylum seekers, in Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Official figures to be published today will show 250 people sought asylum in Ireland last month. The numbers so far this year – an average of 230 a (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton:   “Broadly, we’re agreeable to taking part in the arrangements and to take numbers that are appropriate to our size, population and resources.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland should be ready to take its “fair share” of migrants as part of a European Union plan to relocate thousands of asylum seekers who have fled ac(...)

Lorcán Miller’s coffin is carried into Rathmichael Parish Church in Shankill, Co Dublin, for his funeral.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The postcard arrived last Tuesday morning. On the front was a picture of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, where 21-year-old Lorcán Miller worked. (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Dr Shekhar Saxena from the World Health Organisationat the launch of the “Connecting for Life” suicide prevention strategy at Farmleigh House in Dublin. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds Photography.

A new Government suicide prevention strategy launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Wednesday aims to reduce the number of people self-harming and taking(...)

Consensus between civil servants and campaign groups means there will be few areas of contention when the proposal is discussed by the Cabinet next week. Photograph: The Irish Times

New asylum seekers will have the right to work after nine months of seeking refugee status, a Government working group has recommended. The proposal i(...)

Laiq and his wife Amtul with their sons Waleed (16) Nabeed (12) and Sarmad (5). The family live and sleep in one room in the Eglinton direct provision centre in Salthill. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

After more than eight years of hoping, waiting and praying, Laiq and his family of four are cautiously hopeful that an end might finally be in sight. (...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority found significant delays at Tusla in assessing the needs of children and families where there were reports of suspected abuse or neglect. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Serious concern over the safety of children at risk has prompted the State’s health watchdog to review national governance at Tusla, the Child and Fam(...)

Conor Neill (6) with his class in the Doodle Den in St Michael’s Infants School in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

A few weeks ago Siobhán Neill took her six-year-old son, Conor, to McDonald’s as a treat. She was about to ask him what he wanted when he surprised he(...)

The Department of Social Protection says thousands of lone parents who increase their number of part-time working hours to 19 will be better off under the changes due next month. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lone-parents groups say as many as 11,000 working families stand to lose out under welfare reforms due to come into force next month. Under the change(...)