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Internal Department of Finance emails indicate that officials were aware that local authorities were free to pass on the charge but sensitive about making this known publicly. Photograph: Frank Miller

Government officials changed the wording of the budget to obscure the fact that thousands of local authority tenants can be made liable for the proper(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to provide Government support to a nationwide initiative which is tackling some of the country’s biggest social ch(...)

Dr Katherine Astbury advised Savita Halappanavar and her husband that a termination might have to be considered after a diagnosis of sepsis was confirmed. Photograph: Eric Luke

Savita Halappanavar and her husband were told by clinical staff that a termination of her pregnancy was not possible because “their hands were tied” b(...)

Dr Patrick Devitt, inspector of mental health services, said nursing staff numbers continued to dwindle last year, while unfilled vacancies were resulting in professionals being pulled out of community services to plug gaps in inpatient care. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The country’s mental health services are stagnant and in danger of slipping backwards as a result of dwindling staff numbers and poor governance, the (...)

Many of our childcare services are characterised by underpaid staff, weak enforcement of standards and a poor focus on quality education. Yet we’re(...)

Health authorities cut funding for a training and advice service which provided support to thousands of childminders earlier this year, despite rec(...)

President Barack Obama 
gestures as he speaks in San Jose, Calif. , Friday, June 7, 2013. The president
 defended his government’s secret surveillance
, saying Congress has repeatedly authorized the collection of America’s phone records and U.S. internet use
 yesterday. Photograph:  Evan Vucci/AP

Have you ever sent a text message using an iPhone to another iPhone? Maybe you’ve sent or received email using Hotmail or Gmail? Did you ever Skype a (...)

There is unlikely to be the level of public investment necessary to create the kind of system many of our EU partners have in the short term. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The recent revelations of mistreatment of small children in privately run creches have a wearying familiarity. They follow revelations of the mistreat(...)

The Government ruled out exemptions to the property tax for people in financial hardship on the basis it would risk creating a “flood of applicants” a(...)

Childcare matters: Part of the reason the work is so undervalued is because of the ad-hoc way it grew up, almost overnight. Photograph: Thinkstock

It is demanding work that requires rare skill and reservoirs of compassion. It can provide children with lifelong skills to succeed at school during t(...)

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