The eight children were aged between 18 months and 15 years

Eight children found dead in Cairns

06.39 Eight children aged between 18 months and 15 years have been found dead at a house in the Australian city of Cairns, with local reports saying they had been stabbed to death.

The Guerin Report found that the allegations made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe required further investigation

Govt to publish terms for Cavan garda inquiry

06.57 The Government is today due to publish the terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into allegations of garda malpractice in Bailieboro in Co Cavan between 2007 and 2010.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said he would accept amendments if they improved or enhanced the bill

Senators to table water bill amendments

06.38 The Water Services Bill will be debated at committee stage in the Seanad later today, during which each of the 16 sections of the bill will be discussed.

Sean Ross Abbey is one of three locations the Daughter of Charity disability service operates from

Eleven staff taken off duty at two care units

18 Dec The Health Service Executive has said that ten members of staff and one agency worker have been taken off duty at two care units for people with intellectual disabilities near Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

Tadgh O'Dalaigh continued to say mass after serving three years for sexually assaulting schoolboys

Priest sentenced to further three years for abuse

18 Dec A 71-year-old priest who continued to say mass within his religious community after serving three years for sexually assaulting schoolboys, was sentenced to another three years for abuse dating back over 30 years.

HIQA found that St Anne's Private Nursing Home had too few staff who lacked an adequate skill mix

HIQA raises concerns about Mayo nursing home

18 Dec The health and social services watchdog has said a nursing home in Co Mayo breached the terms of its registration by accommodating residents upstairs, prompting serious concerns about their safe evacuation if a fire broke out.