Some of these new modes of accommodation need to brought on stream by mid-2021 and several accommodation pilots should be set up to reflect the need for ‘urgent momentum’, notes the report. File photograph: Irish Times

Contracts for direct provision centres should no longer be renewed and all emergency accommodation centres housing asylum seekers should be closed by (...)

Thousands of children with additional needs are due to return to special schools on alternate days from next Thursday under detailed plans agreed with unions. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of children with additional needs are due to return to special schools on alternate days from next Thursday under detailed plans agreed with(...)

Alice McEvoy (65), who had her daughter in St Patrick’s mother and baby home on Navan Road, Dublin, in 1975. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus LTD

Women who entered mother and baby homes after 1973 must not be excluded from statutory redress, former residents and their advocates say. The report(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman and Minister of State at the Department of Children Anne Rabbitte hosted a webinar with mother and baby home survivors. Photograph: Julien Behal

Helplines for survivors of institutional abuse have been “extremely busy” with some callers too upset to speak and while others “just cried”, followin(...)

 A spokeman for Minister for Education Norma Foley said it was impossible to say at this point how long school closures would last. Photograph: Julien Behal

Reopening schools for special needs pupils will be prioritised ahead of other students, Minister for Education Norma Foley has told disability advocac(...)

Fund for struggling childcare providers will be made available next weekPhotograph: iStock

A sustainability fund will be used by Government to offer additional supports to struggling childcare providers in order to remain open for the childr(...)

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme, which provides care and education for pre-school children, has been postponed until February 1st.  Photograph: iStock

Childcare providers have been asked to refund or suspend fees paid by parents who are not essential workers and cannot avail of their services in Janu(...)

Brian Hayes, chief executive of BPFI, warned that direct provision residents ‘may be unable to meet the requirements for suitable proof of address issued to the individual at their home address in the last six months given that their accommodation is temporary’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government should provide asylum seekers with “acceptable identification documents” and proof of address so they can open bank accounts and manage(...)

 Robert Buckley of Parkside Childcare, Rathfarnham, Dublin with staff members Denise Carroll (left) and Ann Marie Rush who all had to get a Covid test for work. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Robert Buckley, the owner of Parkside Childcare in South Dublin, spent much of Saturday communicating with the parents of children who normally attend(...)

After a meeting with the department on Friday early-learning representatives said the closure will also be extended to early childhood education and care facilities. File photograph: Getty

Closure of the pre-school programme will be extended until January 11th in line with primary and secondary schools. This latest move comes in an atte(...)

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