Ms Justice Marie Baker’s ruling means the Department of Social Protection will have to reconsider its decision to grant only single person’s rent supplement to a separated father of four who has joint custody of his children. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Analysis: department should have taken account of father’s joint custody

Ms Justice Marie Baker found the department’s decision-making process when assessing the man’s application was flawed. Photograph: Collins

Ruling could have significant implications for separated parents’ entitlements

 Judge Colin Daly: said he wanted a plan B from the social worker on  the next occasion. Photograph: Collins/Courts

Girl anxious to have scar seen to before leaving care of Child and Family Agency

Dún Laoghaire sea front. Phot: Dara Mac Dónaill

Council expects to hold on to almost €43 million in local property tax

Of 486 cases analysed in a report, parents in almost 27 per cent  were not legally represented.

Insufficent sitting time leads to difficulties in listing final hearings - District Court president

The judge granted an emergency care order to the Child and Family Agency after a teenager told a doctor in a hospital emergency unit she would harm herself if she was sent back home.

Children should be entitled to same ‘checks and balances’ as adult involuntary patients

An internal  Health Service Executive audit report criticised governance and spending at Positive Action, however some former directors have defended the spending.

‘These women are so sick and if they got some little joy, aren’t they entitled?’

The Hepatitis virus.

Former director of Positive Action says HSE knew what money was being spent on

Carole Brennan, Evon Brennan and Rosemary Adaser, of Mixed Race Irish, who appeared before the justice committee, outside Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Group says members were deprived of food, clothing and care more than white peers

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