A tax exemption operated by the Revenue Commissioners allows childminders who take care of up to three children to earn up to €15,000 a year tax-free. Photograph: Joe St Leger

The vast majority of the State’s estimated 30,000 childminders are not declaring their income to the Revenue Commissioners. Latest figures show(...)

Reporting childcare law

The veil of secrecy that has surrounded childcare and family law cases in the Courts is, at last, beginning to lift. A blanket ban on the publi(...)

Noeline Blackwell, director of Flac, Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court,  and Dr Carol Coulter, director of the Child Care Law Reporting Project, at the launch of the childlawproject.ie website in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

A pioneering new reporting project will go a long way to filling a “void of information” on how the courts deal with sensitive childcare cases,(...)

Carol Coulter and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald  at the launch of the Child Care Law Reporting Project  in December. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 5,000 children are in the care of the State, mostly on foot of orders made in the courts. Yet the public has, up to now, had no way o(...)

Felicity Heavin, Westmeath Comhairle na nÓg, and Mark O'Brien, Meath Comhairle na nÓg, with Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, and Kevin Brennan, Kerry Comhairle na nÓg, at a Comhairle na nÓg gathering today at the National Library. They discussed ways for young people to influence decision-making in the Dáil, the Seanad and local authorities. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Phone apps to tackle mental health issues among teens, road safety campaigns and youth cafes are among the projects members of Comhairle na nÓg(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly  at the launch of the Healthy Ireland framework for action to improve health and wellbeing, at the Mansion House today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health James Reilly has said he’d “love to see each cigarette costing €1” so that people would “think long and hard before they in(...)

You hear the phrase so often these days, you’d almost believe it was a useful thing to say. It’s so pervasive you might even be convinced it wa(...)

The Government are urging people to avoid excessive drinking during St Patrick’s Day festivities. Photograph Johnny Green/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has appealed to people to avoid the excessive drinking that sometimes mars St Patrick’s(...)

Michael Noonan will be the most senior minister in the country on St Patrick’s Day

A total of 20 Government representatives will travel abroad to represent Ireland on St Patrick’s Day. The Government Chief Whip will go (...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will in effect be left in charge of the State when Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other Government Ministers travel a(...)

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