To secure a seat on the UN Security Council which has five permanent and 10 temporary members, Ireland needs 129 votes from the 193 members in the secret ballot. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The Republic has said it will represent small states if elected to the United Nations Security Council and one of the key calling cards in the campaig(...)

It was “not possible” to say how many of the 4,500 childcare providers would be in a position to re-open at the end of June, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said.  Photograph: iStock

The eligibility criteria for children returning to childcare on June 29th has been broadened, but only if it is needed for parents returning to work o(...)

The Minister is expected to bring a memo to cabinet on Friday on certain measures relating to reopening of childcare. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

The main insurance underwriters and brokers covering the childcare sector have indicated there should be “no barrier” to reopening childcare services (...)

Creches and preschools for all children are to due to reopen from July 20th. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty

Parents are being asked this weekend whether they intend to send their young children back to creche over the summer as part of a Government-ordered (...)

People walk past a billboard in Dublin which is part of the Government’s In This Together campaign. Governments around the world are starting to worry about how to keep the public onside during the long, divisive, fretful months ahead. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If there were any taxi drivers or hairdressers around to make small talk, they would be enduring a lot of very short, very dull conversations. None of(...)

Early Childhood Ireland says major questions over costs will arise due to potential measures that would fundamentally change how childcare facilities function. Photograph: iStock

The Government must issue guidelines on how creches can adapt to coronavirus by early next month if the sector has any chance of opening on time, a re(...)

 Katherine Zappone: Many TDs thanked her for her work during her term of office

“Aah, sod this for a game of soldiers. The sun is shining and there’s a cold drink waitin’ with my name on it. I’m outta here!” And with a devil-may-(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the wearing of facemasks for the under-6s was unlikely to contribute to infection control and  could also involve a degree of coercion. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Childcare in Ireland may operate using a “pod” system as it reopens, with small groups of children being looked after by the same carers in the same r(...)

A spokeswoman for Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the decision on holding an inquiry was still under discussion

A senior civil servant cautioned against the Government holding a statutory investigation into child sexual abuse in legacy scouting organisations in (...)


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