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. (...)

On Thursday, Katherine Zappone met with a small number of Bethany home survivors  in Leinster House. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

An appeal from survivors of the Bethany Homes religious institution for a “fast track” redress process has been turned down, following a meeting with (...)

Front Line Defenders executive director Andrew Anderson said that work of transgender human rights defenders in particular should be recognised ‘in light of the targeted violence and backlash they face’.

Five LGBTI+ campaigners facing “severe threats for their peaceful activism” have been awarded the 2019 Front Line Defenders Award by the Dublin-based (...)

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield said US and British studies had found that LGBT+ people made up a significant portion of the homeless population. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

There is a lack of gender-neutral homeless accommodation to cater for transgender people, officials from the Department of Children have told the Oire(...)

A shrine at the site of the Tuam babies graveyard. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo/Reuters

I recently interviewed Dimitra Trypani, a Greek composer whose work focuses on the wounds, melancholy, confusion, fear and instability that humans inf(...)

Ireland differs from the majority of European countries, where most children are not admitted to school until they reach six years of age or older. Photograph: iStock

Most children starting school nowadays will be 19 or 20 years old when they finish secondary school following an increase in school starting ages, lat(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the funding ‘will offer protection to people fleeing emotional, physical or sexual abuse’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government has pledged an extra €1.5 million in funding to tackle a rise in domestic and sexual violence. The additional money will go towards fr(...)

The process involves having to contact both the birth parents and those whose births were illegally registered, with social workers gathering documents to identify and locate them.

Investigators attempting to trace those affected by illegal adoption registrations at St Patrick’s Guild have described the ongoing process as “slow a(...)

Patrick FitzSymons as a one-year-old baby

For most of his life Patrick FitzSymons, one of thousands of Irish children illegally given away for adoption over decades in Ireland, celebrated his (...)

The coffin of journalist Lyra McKee is removed after her funeral at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A priest at the funeral of Lyra McKee in Belfast on Wednesday asked “why in God’s name” it took her murder to bring politicians to a point where they (...)

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