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Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe with RTÉ Radio 1’s Sean O’Rourke: Budget 2020 delivers increases in the number of subsidised childcare hours available to most families. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

A broad welcome for increased childcare entitlements was offset on Wednesday by disappointment among childcare workers and some lone parents following(...)

Those at the launch heard that it was more than 25 years since the late Christine Buckley 'started what became a crusade that forced the truth out into the open'. File photograph: Charlie Collins

The Ryan report, published 10 years ago next Monday, “proved beyond doubt that children were treated like inmates in a prison and like slaves”, Minist(...)

A significant number of infant remains were confirmed on the site of the former home in March 2017. File photograph: The Irish Times

Relatives of children who lived in the Tuam mother and baby home wanted a full forensic excavation of the site along with DNA analysis, it emerged in (...)

Minister for Children and Katherine Zappone. Proposals to pay grandparents who help with childcare do  not fall within the Minister’s remit, a spokesman said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Department of Children has poured cold water on proposals that grandparents who help with childcare should receive a €1,000 annual payment, dubbed(...)

TDs and Senators will eventually have to take a position on the issue – for the first time, in some cases. Photographs: The Irish Times

How did we get here? A Government led by a socially-conservative Taoiseach set up a Citizens’ Assembly, which eventually creates shockwaves by recomme(...)