Eighty complaints of abuse made to Scouting Ireland's helpline in less than a week
Cormac McQuinnEIGHTY alleged victims of abuse have contacted Scouting Ireland's helpline in less than a week.
Katherine Zappone is an American-born, Irish politician. Born in 1953 in Washington State, she became an Irish citizen in 1995. Along with her wife Ann Louise Gilligan she played an integral role in achieving same-sex marriage in Ireland.
Cormac McQuinnEIGHTY alleged victims of abuse have contacted Scouting Ireland's helpline in less than a week.
Cormac McQuinnQ: How did the revelations about suspected child abuse in the scouts emerge?
Cormac McQuinnA REVIEW of historic cases of alleged child abuse in Scouting Ireland has found...
Kevin DoyleChildren's Minister Katherine Zappone has vowed to fight for her Dáil seat at the...
Wendy GraceWorking parents are now paying an additional €1,700 annually in childcare...
Brendan O'Connor It's probably unfair, but don't you find yourself innately suspicious of people who are always picking up awards and making keynote speeches? Most of us feel, rightly or wrongly, there are two...
Minister Katherine Zappone has pointed to the marginalisation of Travellers in questioning if Ireland has really changed into a "republic of equality, justice and love".
Shane Phelan The Pope has failed to respond to a request for the Vatican to contribute towards the cost of excavating the remains of hundreds of children feared buried in the sewage system of a former Bon...
Shane Phelan THE remains of hundreds of children feared buried in a mass grave at a former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home are to be exhumed as part of a major forensic investigation.
Wayne O'Connor As Children's Minister Katherine Zappone welcomed Pope Francis at Aras an Uachtarain last summer, it was clear she had a message for him. She held him in place and spoke to him until she was...
Anne-Marie Walsh More parents can look forward to a subsidy of up to €145 per week to cover the crippling cost of childcare as Budget talks are finalised.
Denise Calnan and Ian Begley The Chief Scout of Scouting Ireland Christy McCann has acknowledged it is possible he mishandled a 2016 rape allegation in the organisation.
Ian Begley Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has ramped up pressure on the directors of Scouting Ireland to resign by deciding to suspend all State funding from the youth organisation.
Cormac McQuinn Increased childcare support for workers such as gardaí, nurses and teachers is on the table in talks on the upcoming Budget.
Laura Larkin Fianna Fáil is set to demand the flagship childcare subsidy to families is doubled in this year's Budget.
Kevin Doyle Children's Minister Katherine Zappone wants the Vatican to contribute up to €2.5m as part reparation for its role in the Tuam mother and baby home scandal.
Kevin Doyle CHILDREN’S Minister Katherine Zappone has released the two-page letter she gave to Pope Francis outlining the scandal of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
Kevin Doyle CHILDREN’S Minister Katherine Zappone told the Pontiff that the Church should share responsibility for the scandal of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home with the State.
Gareth Morgan THE childcare crisis is laid bare in new figures showing how many families are paying an "extra mortgage" to cover the monthly costs.
John Downing Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has revealed why she has decided to overcome her fears and is determined to learn Irish in the Co Donegal Gaeltacht.
Cormac McQuinn Teachers, gardai and other professionals have made 5,355 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect since a new regime of mandatory reporting was brought in, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Allison Bray Children's Minister Katherine Zappone said she is hoping to ease the long-standing "pain and suffering" endured by survivors of the notorious mother and baby homes through collaboration with the State.
Shane Phelan The Government has been criticised over delays holding up a major review of the handling by authorities of a case involving what is feared to be largest paedophile ring in the country.
Shane Phelan Legal Affairs Editor SIXTEEN children in four families are alleged to have been abused and neglected by what is feared to be the largest paedophile ring the country has ever seen.
Caitlin McBride Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered an impassioned speech about the merits of democracy during a special visit to Dublin.
Luke Byrne Laws allowing adopted people and those illegally registered at birth to have access to information on their origins are being pushed by the Children's Minister.
Kevin Doyle Plans for a radical overhaul of childcare funding are to be handed to a new expert group and will take 10 years to implement.
Kevin Doyle DOZENS of people aged between 49 and 72 years old may have no idea that they were adopted.
Kevin Doyle and Shona Murray HSE Director General Tony O’Brien is to step down from the organisation tomorrow.
Letters to the Editor Sir - I would like to comment on Philip Ryan's article (Sunday Independent, April 15) about Minister Katherine Zappone's introduction of 'baby boxes' to all parents of newborn babies in our maternity hospitals.
Independent.ie Newsdesk THE head of Scouting Ireland is to step aside pending the completion of an independent investigation into the organisation's handling of an allegation of rape.
David Raleigh THE Taoiseach has backed Children's Minister Katherine Zappone's decision to suspend funding for Scouting Ireland.
Shane Phelan It received little attention this week, but a very significant review was ordered by Children's Minister Katherine Zappone into the handling by authorities of the case involving what is feared to be...
Shane Phelan An inquiry is being ordered into the handling by Tusla and An Garda Síochána of what is feared to be the largest paedophile ring the country has ever seen.
Eimear Cotter The husband of a Government minister's special adviser took in a homeless teenager, let him stay in his apartment, then sexually assaulted the young man as he slept on a couch.
Kevin Doyle Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has urged Sinn Féin to change its stance on abortion up to 12 weeks ahead of a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
Cormac McQuinn The organisers of the event that will see Pope Francis visit Ireland have insisted it will be "open to all" after concerns were raised by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone.
Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent THE organisers of the World Meeting of Families event that will see Pope Francis visit Ireland later this year have insisted it will be "open to all".
Maeve Sheehan When Katherine Zappone launched her much-welcomed €20-a-week universal childcare subsidy for hard-pressed parents last September, she appealed to creche providers not to spoil things by hiking...
Katherine Zappone's background as a cabinet minister is a world away from that of a conventional Irish politician.
Denise Calnan A mum-of-two has vowed to keep protesting against proposed cuts to an early education scheme for children with special needs.
Denise Calnan CHILDREN’S MINISTER Katherine Zappone has suspended planned cuts to an early education scheme for children with special needs.
Kevin Doyle The way child abuse victims are treated by our legal system needs to be re-examined, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has said.
Fiona Dillon All children will be entitled to two years' preschool from next September, with creches and early years providers receiving a 7pc increase in their capitation rates towards their costs.
Kathy Armstrong Additional childcare supports, hundreds of extra Tusla workers and family resource centres are all on the agenda for Budget 2018, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has said.
Yvonne Hogan Staying at home for a parent, be it mother or father, is not an option that is encouraged or supported by Government policy, despite the fact that it is currently enshrined in the Constitution...
Ralph Riegel Children's Minister Katherine Zappone warned that Ireland can only become a true "Republic of equals" when the Eighth Amendment is repealed and the State stops treating an unborn foetus as equal...
Ralph Riegel Children's Minister Katherine Zappone warned that Ireland can only become a true "Republic of Equals" when the Eighth Constitutional amendment is repealed and the State stops treating an unborn...
Independent.ie Newsdesk The proposed boost to the childcare subsidy will be scrapped if crèches increase prices a planned, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has warned.
Cormac McQuinn Almost 60pc of childcare providers have signed up to the Government's affordable childcare scheme a week before it is due to kick in.
Kevin Doyle Children's Minister Katherine Zappone is demanding an increase in the new childcare subsidy for parents from Budget 2018.
Niall O'Connor Senior Government figures will today move to assure families of their commitment to reduce childcare costs through the announcement of 5,000 extra places for children.
Rebecca Lumley Katherine Zappone has said that her life will "never be the same" following the death of her wife, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, last month.
Gavin White There is "no need for parents to be shocked" over the fact that the affordable childcare scheme may not be ready by September 2017, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has said.
Niall O'Connor Plans to subsidise childcare fees for tens of thousands of families through a new scheme from September have been thrown into jeopardy, the Irish Independent can reveal
Cormac McQuinn Free childcare schemes for homeless families are to be extended to include children up to 12 years of age.
Catherine Devine Minister Katherine Zappone has received her Seal of Office from President Michael D Higgins today, as she renews her position as the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Liam Collins Six weeks after their first meeting in 1981 "we decided to spend the rest of our lives together", Children's Minister Katherine Zappone told those gathered at the funeral service for her wife Dr Ann Louise...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Heartbroken Children's Minister Katherine Zappone smiled as she listened to affectionate stories about her beloved wife at her wake.
Kevin Doyle Tributes have been paid after Children's Minister Katherine Zappone confirmed her wife, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, has died.
Kevin Doyle Experts are to analyse whether there is any possibility of identifying the remains of babies buried at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
Cormac McQuinn Children's Minister Katherine Zappone will push for extra funding for crèches delivering the affordable childcare scheme as part of her negotiations for Budget 2018.
The Children's Ombudsman has called for one-stop shops to be set up to guarantee the right response to emergency child protection cases.
Luke Byrne CHILDREN'S Minister Katherine Zappone has become the first independent member of the Cabinet to comment on Fine Gael's leadership struggle.
Kevin Doyle International experts are to be brought in to provide advice on the potential mass exhumation of bodies from the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site.
Philip Ryan A year has passed since Transport Minister Shane Ross branded Taoiseach Enda Kenny a "political corpse" in the pages of this newspaper.
Sarah-Jane Murphy Government Minister Katherine Zappone has told the trial of seven men charged with falsely imprisoning former tánaiste Joan Burton that she felt Ms Burton and her adviser were in "great danger"...
Sarah-Jane Murphy Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, has told the trial of seven men charged with falsely imprisoning TD Joan Burton that she felt Ms Burton and her advisor were in “great...
John Downing The Government has failed to deliver its "signature promise" in last October's Budget to ease the burden of childcare costs, Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said.
Kevin Doyle Thousands of working families are to miss out on a promised childcare subsidy of up to €48 a month because they are "unknown" to the social welfare system.
Cormac McQuinn The government's decision to not include children from mother and baby homes in a redress scheme has been criticised as "shameful" and "devastating".
Niall O'Connor Ministers will today hear about a case of a woman who remained in the care of a foster family for two years after allegations of sexual abuse were made.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has said it will be a number of weeks before her department has finished looking at what other institutions and that she hopes men come forward to testify in...
Kevin Doyle Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has apologised to the victims of the Mother and Baby Homes scandal.
Cormac McQuinn The agency that provides services to help vulnerable children is struggling to recruit social workers to deal with more than 5,400 unallocated cases, 801 of which are considered high priority.
Niall O'Connor A rift in Cabinet over the issue of abortion has been defused.
Niall O'Connor Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has found herself once again at the centre of a Cabinet rift over the issue of abortion.
Eilish O'Regan Most children and teens in Ireland say they are happy with their lives and fewer are experimenting with alcohol, cigarettes and cannabis.
Shane Phelan and Kevin Doyle A religious order which ran a mother and baby home has failed to issue an apology after a commission of investigation discovered what are believed to be the remains of hundreds of children in...
Cormac McQuinn and John Downing AFTER a week of controversy - here's where the main players stand:
Kevin Doyle, Cormac McQuinn and Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Enda Kenny was aware that the Tusla file on Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe referenced allegations of sexual abuse, it has emerged.
John Downing and Laura Larkin A new contradiction between Taoiseach Enda Kenny's account of recent events and that of his Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has emerged again this evening.
Denise Calnan and Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald now have a "big credibility problem", according to TD Clare Daly.
Kevin Doyle "She's wearing black for a political funeral," quipped one reporter as Katherine Zappone timidly emerged from the revolving door at the front of Leinster House.
Niall O'Connor and Kevin Doyle The stability of the minority Government has been thrown into serious doubt over its disastrous handling of the Tusla scandal.
The Tanaiste and Justice Minister has defended her decision not to reveal that a baseless rape allegation was at the core of the inquiry into a smear campaign against Sergeant Maurice McCabe.
Niall O'Connor and Laura Larkin Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has said she will not reveal the identities of the "government colleagues" with whom she said she discussed the shocking blunder by Tusla regarding garda...
Ian Begley Young people across Ireland fear Brexit will limit their opportunities.
Kevin Doyle Ireland should be prepared to withdraw permission for US immigration officers to operate in Dublin and Shannon airports in light of Donald Trump's 'Muslim ban', a Cabinet minister has said.
Niall O'Connor Children's Minister Katherine Zappone is seeking Government approval to expand the new affordable childcare scheme to include hundreds of families with disabled children.
Niall O'Connor Children are already expressing fears that their parents' jobs will be impacted by Brexit, according to Katherine Zappone.
Cormac McQuinn and Gavin White A Government minister has said she supports homeless people occupying the Apollo House office block staying there over Christmas as long as it provides "appropriate shelter".
Cormac McQuinn A government minister has said she's open to homeless people occupying the Apollo House office block staying there over Christmas if it provides "appropriate shelter".
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland is due to welcome 131 refugees from camps in Greece before Christmas.
Willie Kealy and Philip Ryan The new political party being founded by TDs Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shortall and Senator Katherine Zappone will be officially launched within weeks, with an immediate target of raising €1m to fight the next election, the Sunday Independent has learned.
Niall O'Connor and Daniel McDonald The prospect of a new left-wing political party has been met with scepticism within Government circles.
Fionnán Sheahan, Niall O'Connor and Daniel McConnell A new political party consisting of some of the country's most prominent independent TDs and senators is to be set up within weeks, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Claire Cullen, Kathryn Hayes and Maria Herlihy The historic and resounding Yes vote prompted a deluge of same-sex marriage proposals across the country, as gay and lesbian partners popped the question to their loved ones.
Donal Lynch A rainbow appeared over Dublin yesterday morning, and it seemed like a good omen.
A former nun has said yes to a new wedding proposal from her partner.
Clare Cullen and Kathryn Hayes Senator Katherine Zappone has proposed to her partner at Dublin Castle, asking her to re-marry her in Ireland.
Jason Kennedy As voting continues to decide the referendum on legalising same-sex marriage, equality campaigners Senator Katherine Zappone and her partner Dr Ann Louise Gilligan said the vote represented a “new...
Nicola Anderson When even the Taoiseach and Tánaiste decide to drop in unannounced to a photocall, you know the final push is really on and that the stakes remain high.
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