Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Seán Fleming has said the committee has written to the Health Service Executive, which provides funding to the Saint John of God Group, and invited representatives to attend a hearing in the next couple of weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Charity St John of God Group has defended once-off payments totalling €2 million it made to senior managers in 2013. It said making the payments, of (...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of Tusla (the Child and Family Agency), said the status of the unassessed files, or “referrals or pieces of information”, was unclear. “Not knowing is a failure and I regret that.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At least 1,200 child protection files may not have been assessed by social workers in the Laois-Offaly area, the Oireachtas Committee for Health and (...)