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 Séamus Woulfe: found himself at the centre of controversy following his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society Clifden dinner in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Séamus Woulfe (58) was born in Raheny in 1962 and like so many of his colleagues at the Bar and on the bench, was educated at Belvedere College before(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is a contradiction at the heart of Budget 2021. Billions of euro will be pumped into the economy but much of the money will be used to prop(...)

‘We do anticipate a backlog in welfare referrals as we continue with the recovery phase,’Tuslsa says. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 restrictions resulted in a decrease in the number of referrals for child protection and welfare services, the Child and Family Agency has sai(...)

Daughters of convicted rapist James O’Reilly, who waived their right to anonymity, outside the Criminal Courts of Justice following his sentencing. Photograph: Collins Courts

Several Traveller groups and abuse survivor organisations have called for a review of the State’s response to a case where eight women were abused and(...)

Tusla chairman Pat Rabbitte. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The chairman of the child protection agency Tusla has said that no longer having a cabinet minister with responsibility for children would be “a mista(...)

THE GREEN PARTY MAY BE ENTERING GOVERNMENT WITH TWO PARTNERS, WHO HAPPEN TO BE FIERCE POLITICAL RIVALS. THIS NOVEL PARTNERSHIP COULD TAKE SOME GETT(...)

Sean O’Rourke: ‘I cracked it in the end and now I’m walking away.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When he opens his front door in Killiney, Co Dublin, Sean O’Rourke bows to me instead of shaking my hand. “That’s what Charlie Haughey used to like hi(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte announced the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on August 30th, 2012, describing it as “the rural electrification of the 21st century”.

August 30th, 2012: Minister for communications Pat Rabbitte announces the National Broadband Plan (NBP), describing it as “the rural electrification o(...)

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(...)

 President of the District Court Rosemary Horgan: ‘Foster carers must be confident they can meet [the child’s] needs – but – they have to know about the needs before they can meet the needs.’ File photograph: Alan Betson

Concerns raised by foster carers, that they are having to care for children without being informed by Tusla social workers about the children’s backgr(...)

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