Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Publication of the mother and baby homes report will increase pressure on the Government to issue a State apology and move forward with a financial co(...)

Shoes left by mother and baby homes protesters at Phoenix Park, Dublin  on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honan

The row over the treatment of sensitive information currently in the possession of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation has raised mu(...)

Plans for the review, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2021, will be brought to Cabinet by Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is to initiate a wide-ranging review of the “fragmented” childcare sector that will pave the way for the introduction of a new childcar(...)

Richard Bruton, the new chairman of Fine Gael’s parliamentary party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An urban-versus-rural battle in Fine Gael this week revived memories of the Great Heave of 2010, when country and western Enda Kenny routed the leader(...)

A team of specialist investigators from the sexual crime unit has been set up to co-ordinate the inquiries within the Garda National Protective Services Bureau.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Specialist gardaí are currently carrying out 110 criminal investigations into former scout leaders alleged to have sexually abused children in legacy (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she was ‘very relieved that the young people tested negative for Covid-19 and were able to travel’.  File photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Eight children from a refugee camp in Greece arrived in Dublin on Wednesday as part of a resettlement programme, the Department of Children and Youth (...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother-and-baby home, Co Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The release of the final report from the Commission of Investigation into Mother-and-Baby Homes has been delayed for another four months due to corona(...)

Catherine McGuinness said it was not a good idea to have children “pushed back to being a sidekick in some department”.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Retired Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has said she was “horrified” at a proposal to do away with the portfolio of Minister for Children. M(...)

The Government has announced a  funding package to help reopen the childcare sector from June 29th. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Juggling jobs alongside caring or home schooling has become a way of life for frazzled families across the country since the doors of schools and chil(...)

Brendan Sweeney and daughter Theresa (4) outside her daycare centre in Copenhagen. ‘Before you even go into the building, they have set up portable wash-hand basins with running water and soap and paper towels,’ says Brendan, who is originally from Co Cavan.

When Brendan Sweeney returned with his four-year-daughter Theresa to her daycare centre in Copenhagen in mid-April, after just one month of closure du(...)

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