The report finds the proportion of children living in consistent poverty has increased from 6.8% to 11.7% in 2013

Ombudsman says child poverty target too high

22 May The Children's Ombudsman has criticised a Government target which could see 37,000 children still living in consistent poverty by 2020 as "unacceptably high".

Some people have objected to the presence of bibles at polls

Bibles at polling stations for 'swearing oath'

22 May After reports of objections at some polling stations this morning to bibles being on display, the Department of Environment has said they are for use in cases where a presiding officer asks a voter with no identification to swear an oath.

Tusla said there were a total of 743 case files

Tusla completes audit of discovered files

22 May The Child and Family Agency, Tusla, says it has completed an audit of social work files in Laois-Offaly following the discovery of hundreds of previously unidentified files earlier this month.

Charlie Flanagan said Ireland has taken a share of migrants already and the minister for justice has agreed to double that intake

Ireland will 'do its fair share' in migrant issue

18 May Ireland will "do its fair share" when it comes to taking in migrants and will "live up to its responsibilities in whatever final plan is put into effect, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said.

One report expressed concern that institutional practices might have a direct negative impact on the lives of residents

HIQA concerns over Co Kildare centres

19 May HIQA has expressed concerns over two separate centres for people with disabilities in Co Kildare, highlighting issues in several areas including social care and safety.

Tusla will continue to give €1.6m  a year to Accord for marriage counselling

State funding for all pre-marriage courses cut

13 May State funding was stopped last month for all pre-marriage courses, including those run by Protestant and secular organisations, the statutory Child and Family Agency, Tusla, has said.

A large number of migrants are Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority from Burma

Several thousand migrants adrift in Asian seas

12 May Several thousand migrants, many of them hungry and sick, are adrift in boats in southeast Asian seas and governments of the region must rescue them quickly to avert a "massive humanitarian crisis", the United Nations has warned.

The ESRI says previous research shows immigrants suffer higher unemployment and lower wages

Rise in workplace racial discrimination - report

06 May More than twice as many black Africans reported they had been discriminated against in workplaces in Ireland in 2010 as in 2004, according to a report by the Economic and Social Research Institute.

The aim is to build 1,700 homes by 2017

Funding for social housing 'insignificant'

05 May Homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has described today's announcement of €312m in funding for local authorities to build social housing, as "insignificant".

Two gunmen were shot dead by police when they attempted to storm an exhibition in Texas

IS claims responsibility for Texas attack

05 May The so-called Islamic State militant group this morning claimed responsibility via its official radio station for a gun attack on an anti-Muslim event in Texas over the weekend.