Sean Sherlock

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Sean Sherlock: “As the third budget of this Government approaches, there has still been little action to address the escalating costs of childcare. In many parts of the country parents are paying over €1,000 a month per child.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government must formulate a “radical new approach” to childcare funding to address the affordability and staffing crisis in the sector, Siptu has (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said 80 per cent of premises in the country would have high-speed broadband by the end of the year. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he remained “confident” the National Broadband Plan would be delivered as pledged despite the withdrawal of SSE from the l(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announcing details of the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings last year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil and Labour have expressed fears for the future of the Government’s National Broadband Plan after a key member of the last consortium biddi(...)

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California.  Facebook has confirmed it plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Ireland next year. Photograph: Facebook

Forensic cyberpsychologist Dr Mary Aiken says the Government should consider asking Facebook to leave Ireland if it does not take measures to control (...)

 Screen time: smartphones are having an impact on children’s physical exercise Photograph: Chris Radburn / PA Wire

Parents do not know how much screen time is healthy for their children, an Oireachtas committee heard on Wednesday. Lack of guidance is leaving pare(...)

The 221 barracks and houses attached to Garda stations which were surveyed by the OPW are located mostly in rural areas.

More than half of all official Garda residences around the country are lying empty. The latest survey of barracks and houses attached to stations, ca(...)

An artist’s impression of the proposed incinerator at Ringaskkiddy in Co Cork.

Campaigners against a proposed €160 million waste incinerator for Cork Harbour are to use Prince Charles’s visit to the Irish Naval Service HQ at Haul(...)

“The committee is of the view that any organisation which seeks the support of an Oireachtas committee to secure public funding should make itself available to address any legitimate concerns the members may have,” the letter said.

Scouting Ireland has been called to appear before an Oireachtas committee next week, to answer questions and avoid “irreparable damage” to public conf(...)

Jillian van Turnhout has been asked to provide  a clear assessment of the adequacy of Scouting Ireland’s governance arrangements. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has appointed former senator Jillian van Turnhout to assess the implementation of Scouting Ireland’s governanc(...)

Scout camp. Gardaí are investigating a scout leader who allegedly abused a 12-year-old boy on a camping trip more than three years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting Ireland has said it was “unaware” that an active male leader was the subject of a Garda investigation into alleged child sexual abuse. In (...)

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