Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Mary Lou  McDonald accuses him of indulging in “self-satisfied patter” and of having “normalised child homelessness”. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Ombudsman for Children has said he was “shocked, but unfortunately not surprised” by figures showing that almost 850 children treated in a Dublin (...)

Entitlement to the free pre-school programme is to be expanded from September 2018 to two free years for children aged at least two years and eight months. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she was “confident” the early childhood sector would be able to provide enough child places to allow a fu(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin highlighted her concerns about Child and Family Agency Tusla which she said was “not putting the child first”.

A nine-year-old child is to be removed from his “loving and caring” foster family and put into residential care, the Dáil has heard. Fianna Fáil TD F(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said Tusla has a limited role where there is no evidence of a current risk of sexual abuse to children. She  said experienced social workers were dealing with high-priority cases. File photograph: iStockPhoto

More than 350 adults who were allegedly sexually abused as children have this year made retrospective disclosures to Child and Family Agency Tusla. (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone being guided through a migrant camp in Athens by  Luke Feeney, deputy head of mission of the Irish Embassy in Greece. Photograph: Twitter

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone began a three-day official visit to Greece on Sunday to see at first hand the (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “That is not to say that I will not continue to have discussions.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Child and Family Agency Tusla has advised that linking child benefit to school attendance is not an effective policy, the Dáil has been told. Ministe(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald at the publication of the second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland will introduce a specific offence of forced marriage as part of the Government’s new strategy for domestic, sexual and gender-based violence,(...)

Garda Sergeant Maeve O’Sullivan, Rita Byrne principal social worker with Tusla and Superintendent Brendan Connolly showing items similar to those found with the newborn baby girl discovered in Rathcoole, Co Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State has secured permission to take a DNA profile from the baby girl found abandoned on the outskirts of Dublin last week.The sample would be use(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “We don’t know who these men are we don’t know what they have done since they arrived among us in their banishment. But we need to know. And we intend to find out.” File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A Cheann Comhairle, Dáil Éireann meets today to discuss allegations made by Ms Maíria Cahill against the IRA and that organisation’s handling of them.(...)