Minister of State Joe O’Brien has criticised the Department of Housing response to proposals to replace the direct provision system. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Housing’s criticism of proposals to end the State’s direct provision system are “very unconstructive” and have “crossed the line”, a(...)

Minister for Children and Equality Roderic O’Gorman announced last month that a “formal system of vulnerability assessments” would start in December. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Vulnerability assessments for asylum seekers arriving into the Irish State must be implemented without delay, the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has said(...)

 Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman: says legislation to give adopted people access to their birth records, which had faltered during the last Dáil, would be introduced in 2021. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman first directly contacted the Attorney General’s office about a key legal aspect of data access rights to the mo(...)

Teacher Tina Walsh teaching a student remotely using an iPad and an interactive white board. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Covid has changed many facets of school life, but an area that is still fraught with uncertainty is that of attendance. The pandemic is posing a seri(...)

Green Party leader  Eamon Ryan. The party  will be judged on whether it achieves a small number of policy priorities that matter to its past and prospective voters. Photograph: Getty Images

Small parties tend to have a hard time of it in Irish coalition governments. Usually – not always, but usually – they struggle to maintain their ident(...)

Historian Catherine Corless at her home, in Tuam, Co Galway in 2017. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The report of the State investigation into mother-and-baby homes will release survivors from the shame they carry, historian Catherine Corless has sai(...)

 Sean Fleming: he said there was “still much work to do”, particularly on the cost and availability of insurance for small businesses, and voluntary and community groups

The legal costs in personal injuries claims that are taken to court are nearly 20 times higher than those created when cases are dealt with by the Per(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he had met on Friday morning with groups involved in the mother-and-baby homes issue. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

There are no “obstacles or barriers” anticipated to publication of the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, which was hand(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, in Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

After days of shipping body blows on the rights of victims to their mother and baby homes records, the Government has managed, at least temporarily, t(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Publication of the mother and baby homes report will increase pressure on the Government to issue a State apology and move forward with a financial co(...)

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