Fallen trees in Sutton, Dublin. Schools will be closed for a second day in both the Republic and North on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Primary and secondary schools have been told to close for a second day on Tuesday but most are expected to reopen on Wednesday. Taoiseach Leo Varadka(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the announcement of Budget 2018 in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fears that a lobbying campaign by the property industry could derail the budget’s key revenue-raising measure prompted the Government to seek a Dáil v(...)

The Department of Health will move from Hawkins House in central Dublin to new offices in Baggot Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Health is set to move within months from Hawkins House in central Dublin to new offices in Baggot Street, despite the misgivings of (...)

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, chairwoman of the Citizens’ Assembly, will be the first witness at the Oireachtas committee’s public hearings. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Oireachtas committee examining the eighth amendment of the Constitution will not accept any submissions unless they have been requested by members(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “No decisions have been made in respect of Budget 2018,” said a spokeswoman for Mr Donohoe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fine Gael has attempted to clear up confusion over the Government’s childcare subsidy scheme after one of its TDs indicated it could be in line for an(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Kyle Kearney (8) from Ballyfermot, Darius O’Reilly (4) from Clontarf, Finn O’Connor (4) from Smithfield and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone at the launch of the national awareness campaign ahead of extra childcare supports starting next month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government’s scheme for subsidising childcare must be supported by up-to-date systems to allow easier access for parents, an industry group has wa(...)

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters protest at the Department of Justice  in Dublin, calling for an end to the direct provision system. File photograph: David Sleator

Children in direct provision have spoken of “not liking anything” about their lives, of being “looked at in a creepy way” by men in their centres, and(...)

Patricia Carey, chief executive of the Adoption Authority of Ireland:  the authority is hopeful the Bill will be passed soon. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

There were 65 cases last year where birth mothers had to adopt their own children, new figures show. Data from the Adoptions Authority of Ireland An(...)

Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon: “It’s important that Tusla operates in a way that protects the child rather than the system.”

Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon does not mince his words when expressing his concern about the child and family agency, Tusla. “I have said on (...)

A shrine at a former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. The Government has said it ‘not possible’ to reopen the 2002 redress scheme. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The Government has said it “not possible” to implement a recommendation to reopen the 2002 redress scheme in order to compensate survivors of institut(...)