Minister Children and Youth Affairs Katharine Zappone. A spokesman for  the Minister said that “overall” her department did not expect to see an increase in “average” school-age childcare fees. Photograph: Eric Luke

Aftercare costs for school children are set to climb by up to 40 per cent for many upper- and middle-income parents, childcare providers have warned. (...)

All indicators suggest that house price and rental growth will continue into 2018, with double-digit hikes expected in the former and price growth of between 4-7 per cent for the latter. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s been a year of highs – US markets reached new peaks, while rents exceeded Celtic Tiger levels. And lows, as evidenced by the ongoing tracker mort(...)

Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of the Tuam mother and baby home: she said the  Bon Secours should pay for further investigation. “There has to be accountability.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Survivors of the Tuam mother and baby home say that the cases of four* women who may have been buried on the site of the former Bon Secours facility m(...)

 ‘The EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit got a warm welcome on his visit to meet the Taoiseach,’ writes Miriam Lord. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

1. Chief executive resigns as Goal reels from Syria inquiry Barry Andrews has resigned as chief executive of Goal as the aid agency reels from a US i(...)

Sarah Tougher collecting her one-year-old daughter Hailey from Aladdin’s Corner Creche & Montessori, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The childcare package in Budget 2017 was never going to please everybody because there are so many permutations on how families structure their lives,(...)