The minister said there is a 'mismatch' between the expectations of many potential parents

Inter-country adoption 'now about special needs'

17 Apr Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald has said that "it is quite startling for the public in Ireland to hear" that inter-country adoption is now about older children with special needs.

Alex White said he had not been able to persuade the IMO or any of the representative bodies to meet him

Minister 'happy' to negotiate with IMO

17 Apr Minister of State with Responsibility for Primary Care Alex White has said he is very happy to negotiate with the Irish Medical Organisation on the scope and content of the contract for the provision of free GP care to children under six.

The funding was originally intended as a support for primary schools that had yet to set up a book rental scheme

Book rental scheme funding extended

17 Apr Primary schools already operating book rental schemes are to be allowed to avail of a State funding programme originally established to support the setting up of new schemes only.

Diarmuid Martin said people must stand by their priests

Archbishop criticises Irish Times cartoon

17 Apr Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said many priests and people felt hurt by a cartoon in yesterday's Irish Times newspaper, relating to the publication of the new child protection legislation.

St Gerard's Ward in the Coombe was found to be 'generally unclean'

HIQA publishes reports on two hospitals

17 Apr The Health Information and Quality Authority has published hygiene reports after unannounced inspections at the Coombe Women's Hospital and Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin.

Bank of Ireland is owed about half of the resort's overall debt

Mount Wolseley resort seeks court protection

17 Apr Mount Wolseley Hotel and Golf Resort, which owes various banks €60m, has asked the High Court for protection from its creditors long enough to put a rescue plan in place and save up to 175 jobs.