From left, Conor McDonnell,  Aaron Connolly, Tamzin Brogan, Melvin Junungal and John White at the Swan Youth Service,  St Agatha’s Hall, Dunne Street, North Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mental health wasn’t on the agenda when the Swan Youth Service started a weekly music group in the basement of its main centre in Dublin’s northeast i(...)

Childminder Aideen McCormack in Ennis, Co Clare. 'As a Tusla-registered childminder, I can tell you that the current system does not cater for childminding.' Photograph: Eamon Ward

A solitary file sitting on a shelf in the Childminding Ireland office is symbolic of the starting point for an inevitable wave of change that is going(...)

Hiqa investigated the mishandling of a false allegation against Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The health watchdog has urged Tusla, the child and family agency, to take urgent action to address serious shortcomings in how it manages allegations (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: she has said an independent investigator will look at a “targeted sampling” of files. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The terms of reference for a sample investigation of adoption records has been dismissed as “shameful” by campaigners, who have called for a more wide(...)

Parents are losing out on childcare subsidies if the creche they are using is not among the 86 per cent of providers who have signed up for the More A(...)

In European terms, Ireland has come very late to investing in the care and education of children under four.

Step through the door of your local creche or pre-school centre and you are walking into an uneasy relationship between the private sector and the Sta(...)

A shrine on the the site of the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone will bring proposals to Cabinet about the prospects of identifying babies in a mass grave in a former religiou(...)

‘State institutions have been slow to put in place the necessary policies and structures to protect victims of child abuse.’ File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

After almost 20 years of commissions of inquiry and of extensive media coverage, it cannot be said by now that there is little awareness among the pub(...)

The remains of a significant number of juveniles were found at the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Galway historian Catherine Corless, whose work resulted in the discovery of the remains of hundreds of babies and infants on the site of the former mo(...)

Robert Watt has had his contract as secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform extended. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is extending the contracts of three secretaries general of high-profile departments whose terms in their jobs were due to expire this y(...)

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