Figures from the first weeks of the operation of the scheme show that the highest applications come from Dublin and Cork.   Photograph: Getty Images

More than 3,500 parents are waiting to have their applications to the Government’s new national childcare scheme approved, it has emerged. The Minist(...)

The site of the former  Tuam mother and baby home which is to be excavated. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said that the Bon Secours order has an “ethical responsibility” to provide more funding for the exhumation(...)

Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on children Anne Rabbitte said the failures at Scouting Ireland were current and not legacy issues. File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has ordered a second review of Scouting Ireland operations , the Dáil has heard. She expects to receive the (...)

Michael Ring: claimed to  his colleagues that Shane Ross is disliked in rural Ireland

A Fine Gael Minister told his colleagues that Shane Ross is disliked in rural Ireland, and an Independent Minister accused Fine Gael of trying to stab(...)

More than two-thirds of 20-year-olds still live at home with their parents and most of them are still depending on them financially, a new study has found. Photograph: Getty Images

Most 20-year-olds in Ireland still live with their parents, they are preoccupied with the housing crisis and one in four is showing signs of depressio(...)

The fact that vulnerable families only have the option of the new scheme is a big concern for childcare providers working in the most disadvantaged areas in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Low-income families on existing childcare subsidy programmes will be allowed to remain on them “indefinitely”, despite the online launch of the new Na(...)

A recent  study from the Higher Education Authority  showed  students from wealthier backgrounds are more likely to study high-points university courses and earn more within months of graduation. Photograph: iStock

Do children from more affluent backgrounds do better in school because they have more resources, or because they’re genetically superior? In a recent(...)

Scouting Ireland  has twice had its funding suspended by the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone over governance issues. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has renewed State funding to Scouting Ireland for a further four months, following progress addressing governa(...)

The chair of Tusla, Pat Rabbitte, privately hit out at RTÉ in a letter to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The chair of Tusla, Pat Rabbitte, privately criticised RTÉ in a letter to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone over the broadcaster’s delay in shar(...)

Then government chief whip Séamus Brennan with Pat Rabbitte, Paul Bradford, Desmond O’Malley and John Gormley at a photocall on February 25th, 2002, to mark the introduction of electronic voting in the Dáil. Photograph: Maxwells/Handout

Thirty years ago, in 1989, Progressive Democrats leader Dessie O’Malley suggested to his coalition partner Charlie Haughey that it might be a good ide(...)

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