Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: Challenge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency says it cannot “be precise” on how mandatory reporting of child abuse concerns, which comes into force on December (...)

Jobseekers under 26, who are on reduced rates, will receive the €5 increase. Stock photograph: Frank Miller

All weekly social welfare payments will increase by €5 from March 26th, 2018, while the qualified child payment – which is paid for each child to pare(...)

Entitlement to the free pre-school programme is to be expanded from September 2018 to two free years for children aged at least two years and eight months. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she was “confident” the early childhood sector would be able to provide enough child places to allow a fu(...)

Seán Phillips and his wife, Norma: “We told these men that this guy was threatening to kill our family, our kids,” Mr Phillips says. “We definitely think the Garda saw Crevan as ‘don’t touch’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The family of a young woman seriously injured in the same incident in which Garda Tony Golden was murdered two years ago today, are demanding a “full (...)

Brendan Maginnis (13) has severe cerebral palsy, uncontrolled epilepsy and scoliosis: the Irish Disability Federation has said there is a “dire lack of appropriate housing” for people with disabilities. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The single mother of a severely disabled child, who is “trapped” in the private-rented market and unable to access suitable housing, is an example of (...)

Centre attendants at Brookfield Youth and Community Centre, Tallaght, Christy Donovan, Kieran Walsh, Gemma O’Reilly and Nicola Nagle, who have been sleeping at the centre since its sudden closure. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former workers at a youth centre in one of the most disadvantaged areas of the State say they will “sit in” until their jobs are guaranteed and are ca(...)

Maria Joyce - National Travellers Women’s Forum; Damien Peelo, Joint Co-Ordinator Travellers Survey; Kathleen Sherlock- Co-Ordinator of the National Travellers Forum Minceirs Whiden; Jacinta Brack - Irish Traveller Movement; Martin Collins- Pavee Point; Nancy Power- National Traveller MABS; and Jules McDonagh, Exchange House Ireland National Travellers Service at the launch of the National Traveller Survey 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Travellers and Roma people remain the most shunned groups by the Irish public, with just 9 per cent of settled people saying they would want a Travell(...)

Marion Herbert, Stephanie Laffan, Lorraine Kane and Lisa Murphy-Maher. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The past three years, since the Jobstown anti-water charges protest, have been “hell” for the families of those charged over the incident, according t(...)

The total homeless population in August this year was 8,270, compared with 8,160 in July and 6,611 in August last year. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of homeless children across the State has risen above 3,000 for the first time, latest figures from the Department of Housing show. The m(...)

Bríd Smith TD takes a picture of the members of the Oireachtas employees for choice gathered outside the Department of the Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson

Both anti-abortion and pro-choice groups have complained about venues withdrawing permission for campaign meetings due to “intimidation” and pressure (...)