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Scouting Ireland received €876,337 in funding from the department last year, and more than €9 million since 2010. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State funding of nearly €1 million a year is to be withheld from Scouting Ireland until concerns over the governance of the organisation are resolved,(...)

Dr John Lawlor, Scouting Ireland chief executive, has agreed to appear before the Oireachtas committee on Children and Youth Affairs to answer questions on the organisations’ child protection standards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

State funding for Scouting Ireland and similar voluntary bodies should be tied to reviews of child protection standards, chair of the Oireachtas commi(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said  she ‘expects all groups supported by her department to meet every standard on protection and safety’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A full report on child protection standards in Scouting Ireland is being sought by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone “as a mat(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: many backbench TDs are angry at what they see as a drawn-out controversy which angered the public and raised the vista of a pre-Christmas election.  Photograph: Press Association

Fine Gael backbenchers are keeping a low profile in the aftermath of the controversy leading to Frances Fitzgerald’s resignation. Those angry with T(...)

 Hiqa inspectors said that despite their concerns, Oberstown was now in a more “positive place” than it was last year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

A child in the Oberstown youth detention facility had to wait several weeks for an X-ray on a suspected wrist injury because he was deemed a security (...)

Mary Lou McDonald: the Taoiseach said the only time Ms McDonald was not scripted was when she was interrupting Government speakers

Leo Varadkar and Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald traded insults in the Dáil on Wednesday after the Taoiseach accused her of scripting the q(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “No decisions have been made in respect of Budget 2018,” said a spokeswoman for Mr Donohoe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fine Gael has attempted to clear up confusion over the Government’s childcare subsidy scheme after one of its TDs indicated it could be in line for an(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Kyle Kearney (8) from Ballyfermot, Darius O’Reilly (4) from Clontarf, Finn O’Connor (4) from Smithfield and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone at the launch of the national awareness campaign ahead of extra childcare supports starting next month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government’s scheme for subsidising childcare must be supported by up-to-date systems to allow easier access for parents, an industry group has wa(...)

Kieran Conway, above, believes Michael Hayes had given the apology in the hope that it would help the relatives of those killed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former IRA member Kieran Conway says he believes the apology offered by Michael Hayes to the relatives of the Birmingham bombing is a “courageous” mov(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  told Dáil changes introduced in 2015 designed to bring the scheme into line with EU rules on state aid created difficulty in administering it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

EU rules are creating delays for small businesses seeking Revenue’s approval to raise cash under a tax incentive scheme. Complaints are growing about(...)

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