Minister for Children Katherine Zappone on Wednesday announced a one-off payment to registered childcare providers of €1,500 to deal with rising insurance costs. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of creches potentially facing an absence of insurance cover in the new year have been offered quotes by the remaining underwriter in the mark(...)

A spokeswoman for the Department of Children  defended the regulations and said funding is being provided to help childcare providers with any costs. Photograph: Getty Images

Half of the country’s childcare providers have still not provided vital documents to authorities which are needed if they are to reopen in the new yea(...)

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(...)

The Hyde & Seek creche on Botanic Road, Glasnevin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Tusla the Child and Family Agency, has issued orders to de-register four Dublin creches run by Hyde & Seek, affecting about 220 children. The cr(...)

The report spotlights the lack of accountability for flawed decision-making and incompetence in the public service. This was highlighted in spectacular style in the past week with the disclosure in the Irish Times that a high-tech printer costing €808,000 ordered for use in the Dáil could not be installed for almost a year because it did not fit inside the building due to incorrect measurements.

The mismanagement of public money in important areas and the knock on impact that has on people who need the assistance of State agencies has been rev(...)

 Steve Goode,   manager of two childcare centres in Limerick. His  centres have already had to cope with the loss of about €40,000 of State funding after being found ‘non-compliant’ over attendances. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Two childcare centres in Limerick city that serve one of the most disadvantaged areas of the State are already “running right at the edge”, says their(...)

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe with RTÉ Radio 1’s Sean O’Rourke: Budget 2020 delivers increases in the number of subsidised childcare hours available to most families. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

A broad welcome for increased childcare entitlements was offset on Wednesday by disappointment among childcare workers and some lone parents following(...)

Paschal Donohoe: he said it “now seems evident” the UK wants to adopt sharply different regulatory rules to the EU after Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

Extra help for families with childcare bills is being examined by the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, but final budget negotiations are “difficu(...)

A report by Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon found that several aspects of how the public services card was used were unlawful. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will eventually be forced to comply with the Data Protection Commissioner’s ruling on the public services card (PSC), the Public Accoun(...)

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