The child protection rapporteur says new legislation is overdue to address “geographical injustice” in the care of children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has approved new regulations for court-appointed guardians, known as guardians ad litem. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Kath(...)

Katherine Zappone: she estimates between €1.5m and €2m will be spent on services and support for the children, and a further €8m to €10m on accommodation

The Department of Children has not identified the source of €11 million needed to home 40 unaccompanied minors from a former Calais camp in France. (...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy is chairing a commission of inquiry into mother-and-baby homes.

The commission of investigation into the Mother and Baby homes has cost €3.73 million to date. The commission, which was established in February 2015(...)

Brad Pitt at the UK premiere of the film ‘Allied’ in Leicester Square. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Movie star Brad Pitt will not face any charges stemming from an incident on a private plane in which he was reported to have lost his temper in front(...)

Katherine Zappone announced the plan as part of this week’s budget. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Moves to widen the newly announced childcare scheme to cover more childminders are likely to be in place in advance of next year’s budget. Among tho(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone had put forward a plan for a subsidised childcare scheme initially aimed at lower income families. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Minister tasked with drafting the Government’s childcare plan was kept in the dark as alternatives to her proposed scheme, which was criticised fo(...)

Minister for ChildrenKatherine Zappone:   “Access to free public transport will be provided for school journeys and outings away from the emergency accommodation”   was included in the  Government’s Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The homelessness charity Focus Ireland has spent almost €20,000 on bus fares for homeless children this year, despite a Government commitment that pu(...)

Stephen Donnelly at his constituency office in Greystones, Wicklow. Most traces of Social Democrat signage were removed from the building earlier in the day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For a genial politician, Stephen Donnelly – who has traversed the road from Independent deputy to co-leader of a new party and back again within the s(...)

The Oberstown youth detention facility in north Co Dublin.

Significant fire safety risks, staff shortages and the unsafe administration of medication were among the failings found at the State’s child detentio(...)

New law prohibiting smoking in cars came into effect this January. Photograph: Getty Images

Up to a fifth of children and young people were exposed to second-hand smoke from adults in cars before a ban was introduced earlier this year, accord(...)

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