Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Parents in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area of Dublin are paying up to €308 per week for one child in full-time day-care, new figures reveal. The Dublin s(...)

The Growing Up in Ireland study is the biggest and most complex social science project ever to be undertaken in this country and provides thousands of insights into the lives of children. Photograph: iStock

A quarter of our three-year-olds are overweight or obese; 50 per cent of Irish-born mothers don’t even start to breastfeed their babies; 16 per cent o(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry  said a similar loss of money in the private sector would have led to disciplinary action.  Photograph:  Bryan James Brophy

The new headquarters for the Department of Health, which lay empty for 18 months at a cost of €11 million, was “in the round a very good deal” for the(...)

Funding for early learning and childcare schemes is to go up by €90m to €574m.

Despite modest funding increases for various childcare schemes, Budget 2019 offers nothing to those working in the sector, according to the National W(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe introducing the budget in Leinster House.

Below is the full statement of the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe announcing the budget to the Dáil on Tuesday(...)

Scouting Ireland said the new structures would “ensure Scouting Ireland is an organisation that is fit for purpose”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Members of Scouting Ireland have voted overwhelmingly to introduce new governance structures in the wake of a scandal involving the alleged mishandlin(...)

Childcare provider Bronagh Mooney with children in the preschoolers room at Creative Kids and Co Centre in Crumlin, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

A two-storey, semi-detached house in a newly built estate in Crumlin, in Dublin, is where the dream of running her own childcare centre became reality(...)

New Department of Health headquarters leased from businessman Larry Goodman in December 2016 lay empty for 17 months at a cost to the State of €15.8 million, the Comptroller & Auditor General’s report has found.

New Department of Health headquarters leased in December 2016 lay empty for 17 months at a cost to the State of €15.8 million. Delays in relocating (...)

Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said: “As a society, we need to look at what we can do to help resolve outstanding issues that are associated with direct provision services in Ireland.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of children kept in “wholly unsuitable” conditions at direct provision centres across the country has risen by more than a third over the p(...)

From left, Conor McDonnell,  Aaron Connolly, Tamzin Brogan, Melvin Junungal and John White at the Swan Youth Service,  St Agatha’s Hall, Dunne Street, North Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mental health wasn’t on the agenda when the Swan Youth Service started a weekly music group in the basement of its main centre in Dublin’s northeast i(...)

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