Carl O Brien

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No one is claiming that abuse or mistreatment is rife at creches or preschools. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

It’s a question that haunts most parents: once you have dropped your child off at a creche or preschool, how can you be sure they’re in a safe, secure(...)

Three of the creches mentioned in RTÉ’s Prime Time programme: Giraffe Childcare and Early Learning Centre, Belarmine, near Stepaside, Dublin (top); Little Harvard, Rathnew, Co Wicklow, (centre) and Links Childcare, Abington Wood, Malahide. Photograph: Colin Keegan and Garry O’Neill

Creches and pre-schools in some parts of the country have not been inspected by authorities for up to four years, despite hundreds of complaints fr(...)

The findings of the Health Information and Quality Authority’s report – the first into the HSE’s child protection services –  make for disturbing reading

Many of us may have suspected that some frontline child protection services were delivered against the backdrop of an often dysfunctional and o(...)

Lobby correspondence: one modest building can house hundreds of financial-vehicle corporations. Photograph: UpperCut Images/Getty

So many companies are listed in the marble-tiled, plant-filled foyer that there are no brass plates or printed guides. Instead, it takes a comp(...)

 Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: expressed support for using savings from child benefit changes to pay for an extra year of free pre-school.

A second year’s free pre-school could be available for 65,000 children within the next 18 months – if the Government supports the move, the Min(...)

Health authorities are failing to assess the needs of hundreds of children with suspected disabilities within legal time limit(...)

 Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton:  Sought an effective tax tate of 30% for eligible multinational executives. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton sought to introduce generous tax breaks for executives in multinational companies in the run-up to Budget 2013, do(...)

In private correspondence, Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch said the HSE’s target for the recruitment of mental health specialist posts was too late and would result in many of the posts not being filled this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health Service Executive managers removed target dates for recruitment of mental health staff from the executive’s service pla(...)

Minister of State  Kathleen Lynch: “These figures come as a shock given the constant assurances I have received and places me in a situation of having given public assurances in good faith which now appear to be false.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A Government minister has accused senior Health Sevice Executive management of giving her misinformation and false assurances (...)

Minister of State with responsibility for disability Kathleen Lynch said the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill was at an advanced stage and was likely to go the Cabinet within weeks. Photograph: Alan Betson

New legislation to be published shortly will replace a 140-year-old law which categorises people with intellectual disabilities or mental healt(...)

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