Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has written a series of letters to Minister for Health Simon Harris (above). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Two Government Ministers are engaged in a stand-off over which of their departments should pay for the care of vulnerable young people after they turn(...)

Because ‘Mary’ had turned 18, Tusla, the  agency providing for her care, felt hamstrung in relation to what action might be taken to protect her. Photograph: Alan Betson

It took the case of “Mary”, an intellectually disabled woman left in a foster home for over two years after sex abuse allegations were levelled agains(...)

According to the Department of Children,  85 per cent of school-age childcare services operate within the new 1:12 adult-child ratio. Photograph: iStock

Most school-age aftercare services will not be affected by new staffing rules which it has been claimed will result in steep hikes for parents, accord(...)

Fred McBride, former chief executive of Tusla, raised concerns about staffing issues at private residential care centres. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Serious concerns were raised around the “viability” of continuing to place vulnerable children in private residential centres by the then chief execut(...)

The process involves having to contact both the birth parents and those whose births were illegally registered, with social workers gathering documents to identify and locate them.

Investigators attempting to trace those affected by illegal adoption registrations at St Patrick’s Guild have described the ongoing process as “slow a(...)

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: ‘There is still more information out there.’

Some people know more about the burial of children at the mother and baby home in Tuam than was provided to a Government investigation, the Minister f(...)

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone: ‘No one will lose out, especially those at the lower end of the income scale, as we transition to the new scheme.’ Photograph:   Eric Luke

The poorest families will not “lose out” as a raft of childcare supports are phased out later this year, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has p(...)

Emergency services at the  scene at the Department of Health on Baggot Street. Photograph: Conor Pope

The Department of Health’s offices on Baggot Street in Dublin city centre have reopened after being evacuated earlier on Monday. Sources said the bu(...)

The Department of Justice said it was consulting with “stakeholders” such as the Department of Children, the Garda and the HSE to ensure it met all the provisions of the agreement

Ireland is one of only three European countries, along with Azerbaijan and Armenia, yet to ratify an international agreement to prevent the sexual abu(...)

Barrister Anne O’Meara, who was one of the 126 people adopted through St Patrick’s Guild agency where children were given false birth certificates that did not record their adoption. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anne O’Meara always knew she was adopted. It was only when she happened to catch a TV news bulletin last year that questions around her origins began (...)

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