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A representative group said some smaller childcare facilities would require costly modifications or rebuilding work if they were to get fire certs. File photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

The Government has delayed the introduction of new fire safety regulations for creches amid concerns it could prompt the widespread closure of smaller(...)

Tusla social workers focused on Cathy’s parenting issues. She entered a detox unit when Ray was three. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three-year-old Ray died while in his father’s care. His parents, Richie and Cathy, both had addiction problems. The boy was on Tusla’s books from his (...)

Tusla referred the case to the National Review Panel to investigate how the case was handled.

Systemic flaws in management, serious errors of judgement and poor assessment and decision making all played a role in the State’s failure to protect (...)

Twenty-two children and young people died last year while being monitored by welfare agencies or in the care of Tusla. That figure has remained broadl(...)

Anna Davin, age 5, in Mexico

More than 5,000 families in Ireland have been formed through inter-country adoption. Organisations such as the International Adoption Association (IAA(...)

Eir headquarters near Heuston Station has been purchased by a Far Eastern investor for €176 million. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

One of Dublin’s largest office developments has been sold in an off-market transaction and a wealthy Far Eastern investor is the new owner of the Eir (...)

Under the new scheme, parents of children in full-time care will get the bones of a month’s free childcare per child from next September. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

It promised much but for many parents the affordable childcare scheme appears to have delivered little. However, there is no doubt that the scheme an(...)

University College Cork, Cork. Greater communication between colleges and Traveller support groups would help increase the number of Travellers in third-level education, a seminar has been told. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Greater communication between colleges and Traveller support groups and the ring-fencing of special funding would help increase the number of Travelle(...)

First-hand experience of Ireland’s residential-care system: Mark Gray, Lucinda Haines, Oisín Keegan and Sophie Flanagan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sophie Flanagan is 21 this month. “I’ve been in residential care. I’ve been in care with families. I’ve been in care with my auntie,” she says. “I’ve (...)

There was a 25% reduction in overall funding for the Schools Completion Programme – from €32.9 million in 2008 to €24.7 million for 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Any further cuts to the School Completion Programme could “seriously compromise its viability”, and leave children in crisis situations without suppor(...)