With fewer than half  of all workers having a workplace or private pension, and concerns over the future viability of the State pension, the need for a supplementary savings is seen as essential. Photograph: iStock

It’s been a long time in coming but is a private pension for all ever actually going to get here? First mooted back in 2006, auto-enrolment, where em(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the proposed grant would cost the exchquer €70 million a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Investment in affordable, regulated and high-quality childcare options for families is urgently needed rather than cash payments to grandparents, chil(...)

IAA chief executive Brian Murnane has indicated the charity it will now be able to submit its financial accounts for 2016, the publication of which he said had been delayed due to uncertainty over the funds. Illustration: Irish Autism Action website

Irish Autism Action (IAA) is to receive just over half of €300,000 from last year’s Pyjama Day fundraiser, with the remainder going directly to educat(...)

Some childcare providers in the State are taking out bridging loans to pay their staff because their financial situations are so precarious, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Some childcare providers in the State are taking out bridging loans to pay their staff because their financial situations are so precarious, an Oireac(...)

Sarah Tougher collecting her one-year-old daughter Hailey from Aladdin’s Corner Creche & Montessori, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The childcare package in Budget 2017 was never going to please everybody because there are so many permutations on how families structure their lives,(...)

Irish Autism Action chief executive Brian Murnane defended the charity’s financial controls in August. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Early Childhood Ireland is to freeze €300,000 raised for Irish Autism Action (IAA) from a Pyjama Day fundraiser for another month while it further scr(...)

A report looked at the financial models of more than 400 private and community childcare facilities and found 70 per cent of their costs was made up of wages and on average, they operated on a breakeven basis. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, has said she makes no apology for focusing on low-income families when considering childcare subsidies in the(...)

There will be a drop in quality and availability of child care if the Government does not address a “crisis” in the industry in the upcoming Budget, Early Childhood Ireland has warned.

There will be a drop in quality and availability of child care if the Government does not address a “crisis” in the industry in the upcoming Budget, E(...)

During a meeting with parents of autistic children on Wednesday, IAA chief executive Brian Murnane  said the organisation now only funds 2.5 full-time staff positions  compared to nine full-time positions in 2014. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The chief executive of Irish Autism Action (IAA) has defended the charity’s financial controls and said it would continue to provide outreach services(...)

Children rehearse for their Christmas show at Stepping Stones Early Learning Centre, Ballynahown, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Small children shuffle shyly into place, the girls dressed in white with gold tinsel halos while the boys in dressing gowns have tea towels tied arou(...)

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