Lynn Scarff, director, National Museum of Ireland: ‘Ultimately the people own this national collection and should be able to pop by and check it out.’ Photograph: Julien Behal  Photography

Lynn Scarff ’s first day as director of the National Museum of Ireland was the Monday after the vote to legalise abortion by repealing the Eighth Amen(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone received the commission’s report on March 15th and will bring it to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph; Nick Bradshaw

A report into burial practices at mother and baby homes is to be brought to Cabinet by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone on Tuesday morning. Th(...)

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone: ‘No one will lose out, especially those at the lower end of the income scale, as we transition to the new scheme.’ Photograph:   Eric Luke

The poorest families will not “lose out” as a raft of childcare supports are phased out later this year, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has p(...)

‘I am already totally stretched financially. Where am I going to find an extra €400 a month? I’ll have to give up work,’ says one single mother. Photograph: iStock

Some of the “poorest single parents” could be forced to give up work as changes to the subsidised childcare programmes, due to take effect from Octobe(...)

 Katherine Zappone: she has said Tusla has received 14,089 mandated reports in the 13 months up to the end of January this year

It is “imperative” that safe contact centres for children to facilitate access arrangements are introduced, the special rapporteur for child protectio(...)

There were 16,994 disclosures of domestic violence against women and an additional 3,728 disclosures of child abuse to Women’s Aid last year. Photograph: iStock

The State needs to provide more emergency refuge spaces for women and their children, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has acknowledged. Ms Za(...)

Instagram: photographs posted by Michael Healy-Rae, Leo Varadkar (with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry), Niamh Smyth and Simon Harris

Instagram is now the platform of choice for politicians who want to present voters with a more rounded image of themselves, knocking Twitter out of it(...)

Ian Elliott, Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager, wrote to Katherine Zappone’s department. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Scouting Ireland criticised the State child and family agency Tusla as “totally incompetent and unprofessional” in private correspondence to Minister (...)

(L to R) Sheena Brennan (15), Darragh Fullerton (16), Ethan Carlin (14), and Matthew Downey Fitzpatrick (14) at Buncrana Foróige Club. Photograph: Bernard Ward

Teenagers know they are guinea pigs when it comes to the impact of social media on every area of their lives. The part the internet can play in encou(...)

Solidarity TD Mick Barry told the Dáil a Government that allowed 3,784 children to be among the more than 10,000 people who are homeless ‘does not deserve to remain in power’. File photograph: Collins

The Government parties and Fianna Fáil which supports them “deserve to be hammered” in the local elections for their failures on housing and homelessn(...)

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