Andrew Turnell, an Australian child-protection expert who has pioneered an approach to child protection known as Signs of Safety. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New approach marks ‘paradigm shift’ in how Tusla will approach child protection

Edward Melly, principal of Clonkeen College, Blackrock, Co Dublin,  with view of school grounds which are to be sold by the Christian Brothers to Durkan Residential. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Clonkeen College school board says sale of site to developer breaches 2006 agreement

“They said, ‘You have a house.’ My wife cried. Of course I cried. It was really emotional”: Maher Alassar with his wife, Alla Korilenko, and children, Gleb and Mariam. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Palestinian refugee Maher Allassar and family overjoyed at heavenly new home

 Minister for Housing,Eoghan Murphy at the opening of 28 new homes at Greenmount Close, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sr Stan says homelessness policies show too much concern for ‘the market’

Tina McElligott  (16) with her mother Margaret, in Kilflynn, Co Kerry: her Alpers syndrome is relieved by cannabis oil, which is still illegal in Ireland.

Tina McElligott found relief from chronic seizures with cannabis oil obtained in Spain

Margaret McElligott from  Kilflynn, Co Kerry, with her 16-year-old girl, Tina, who is the world’s oldest sufferer of a rare genetic condition Alpers Syndrome. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Gino Kenny says legal advice needed to push Bill to help patients with certain symptoms

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Gene Clayton of the Iveagh Trust with  Ann Uzell who has downsized to a new one-bed apartment at Annamore Court in Ballyfermot. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eoghan Murphy pledges to increase housing stock and tackle planning bottleneck

While some Mater and St James’s patients had positive experiences of pain management, some were annoyed there was no palliative care at weekends.

New report outlines concerns of people whose loved ones died in Mater or St James’s

The report finds that an urban couple with an infant will need a basic net income of €420 per week, including €89.73 for food, €22.66 for clothing and €7.17 for bin charges. Photograph: Getty Images

Minimum Essential Standard of Living study looks at welfare and minimum wage incomes

Allowance for those in direct provision to increase by €6 a week for children and by €2.50 for adults. Photograph: Alan Betson

Increase to €21.60 a week to those in direct provision called ‘offensively miniscule’

An an open day at Exchange House National Traveller Service, Naomi Power, Winona O’Reilly and Reanna Stokes. Photograph:  Tommy Clancy

Education and accommodation key elements of Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy

 Prof Veronica O’Keane: accessing abortion through the Act is a “lottery” and dependent on which psychiatrist the distressed woman or girl attends. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Psychiatrists say Act leaves it to them to make Irish society’s decisions on abortion

Where a woman or girl is pregnant, suicidal and needs an abortion, she may present at any of several services – including  a family-planning clinic. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any clinician can invoke the Act and refer the woman or girl to a psychiatrist for an assessment

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “Ireland must hold a referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment . . . and introduce legislation . . . This must include the removal of all criminal sanctions on women.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Zeid bin Ra’ad warns of huge impact of State decisions on people’s reproductive rights

Repeal the Eighth?: allowing Ireland to vote on abortion would do psychiatrists, and girls like the one at the centre of this case, a service. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Constitution underpins the trauma of pregnant girl deemed at risk of suicide

Under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act a pregnant woman or girl  may have an abortion if  there is a real and substantial risk to her life by suicide. Photograph: Istock

Prof Veronica O’Keane says abortion not guaranteed even in cases where woman or girl may be eligible

Fred McBride chief executive of Tusla says ‘blame’ discourse is affecting social workers.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fred McBride says accusations are making it more difficult to retain staff

Early this year, Tusla, the child and family agency, said the teenager girl was ready “to be discharged directly home”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Another case from Child Care Law Reporting Project highlights ‘refugee’ with no parents

“Certain child-protection matters are very complex indeed and require considerable resources.” Photograph: iStock

Some cases covered by study took up to 50 days in court, spread over months or years

One psychiatrist said that the child was at risk of self-harm and suicide as a result of the pregnancy. Photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Girl’s doctor said she was at risk of suicide due to pregnancy but termination was ‘not the solution’

Concerned parents with their children at Our Lady’s Grove primary school in Goatstown, where the religious owners sold land to Durkan Homes for a reported €13 million.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council to address issue as two schools in area sell off land

Principal of Clonkeen College Edward Melly has criticised the Christian Brothers’ decision to sell 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of playing fields behind the school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Clonkeen College head calls for State to take over school amid row with Christian Brothers

Retired judge Dr Bryan McMahon:  described as “very important” the recent Supreme Court judgment that the ban on working, without a time-limit, is unconstitutional.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ban on working is ‘harmful’ and leaves people ‘hollowed out’, says Dr Bryan McMahon

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English says he “very much” supports the review of the Act. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 1998 Act has been criticised for failing to brings sanctions against councils

The importance of work and career influences women’s personal lives and choices in a way it does not influence men’s, the study finds. Photograph: Istock

Study reveals growing social isolation and lower levels of wellbeing among older women

Barbara Delaney with her son Miley, who has cystic fibrosis, at the halting site. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Families given less than three weeks’ notice to leave severely overcrowded site

A family from Syria at a direct provision centre in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. The most recent figures  shows in April there were 4,617 asylum seekers in the 32 direct provision centres across the State. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

State must allow free access to jobs for asylum seekers or bring in a restrictive regime

Senator Lynn Ruane called on Caranua CEO Mary Higgins to resign from her role, at the Oireachtas Education Committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘We make mistakes...and when that happens we say we’re sorry’, responds Mary Higgins

 Our Lady’s Grove  in Goatstown: 5.4 acres of fields have been put up for sale with a reported asking price of €10 million.

Concern more schools could be under pressure to give up land for housing

 Simon Coveney said the Dublin Region Homeless Executive had been given an almost “blank cheque” to ensure no family was ever left without an emergency bed. Photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Minister ‘annoyed’ at failure to provide beds having given ‘blank cheque’ to executive

The old Bargaintown building on Greencastle Parade, Coolock, which is being converted to a ‘family hub’ for homeless people. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Analysis: Rent control and security of tenure among key solutions

Cheryl Barnewell with her children Clayton  (9) and Rocco (23 months), who ended up having to sleep overnight in their car,  photographed in Finglas. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Desperate hotel search sees mother, father and two young children run out of options

During the week of April 24th to April 30th there were 2,708 homeless children in 1,302 families across the State, compared with 2,643 in 1,256 families in March. Photograph: Getty Images

Law must protect them, say Focus Ireland and Ombudsman for Children

All 12 families were already homeless and “self-accommodating” on a night-to-night basis as they had not been provided with medium-term “emergency” accommodation. File photograph: iStockPhoto

No other accommodation for 12 homeless families, including more than 30 children

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, launching his annual report 2016. He said “family hubs” were “a positive step forward” but “a temporary solution to a long-term problem”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Families to be moved from hotels and into ex-religious buildings from next month

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton is expected to publish the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy  by the summer. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Traveller and Roma communities ‘suffered disproportionately’ from financial crisis

Independents4Change TD  Catherine Connolly is to  move a motion in the Dáil calling for measures, including a review of operations at Caranua, “without delay”.

Independents4Change TDs ‘inundated’ with complaints about independent State body

William Gorry: abuse survivor deeply hurt by Caranua chief executive Mary Higgins’s remarks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

William Gorry hurt by remarks from Caranua chief about survivors

Independent TD Kevin “Boxer” Moran pictured outside Government Buildings. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Member of Independent Alliance speaks out about his problems with literacy, dyslexia

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: On both marriage equality and the abortion issue he saw what, at the very least, had to be done and focused on taking no political risks to make them politically possible.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach handled divisive social issues, but only when it was safe to do so

The abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, were sent to 1,636 women on the island of Ireland  between January 2010 and December 31st, 2012.

British Medical Journal publishes findings suggesting abortion pills are safe alternative

Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness will present the Bill to the parliamentary party. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fund would buy distressed mortgages from banks and let the homes back to occupiers

People Before Profit’s Hazel de Nortúin  and her daughter  Zara  at their home. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Change ‘essential’ if young women are to be attracted into politics, they say

Over 460 young people were interviewed, aged 17-25. And it was found that 60% had experienced inter-parental psychological abuse. File photograph: Getty Images

UL researcher reveals specific form of mental cruelty harder for children to make sense of

The National Drugs Crisis protest at the Dáil in 2006: the new national drugs strategy will be published this  summer; it comes  21 years after the first such “national statement” from central government on drugs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is easier to blame communities for their problems than to risk helping them

The Irish Assemblies of God plans to sell the Greystones property. Photograph: Getty Images

Pentecostal denomination Irish Assemblies of God issues notice to 30 recovering addicts

Irish Pharmacy Union President, Daragh Connolly said addressing the drug crisis was “a balancing act”.

Union votes in favour of a motion calling for possession to be treated as a health issue

A petition  against the Sisters of Charity  owning the new NMH has had more than 100,000 signatures. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 1,500 attend demonstration while petition receives 100,000 signatures

Toni Russell with her son Cullen (4) at their apartment in south Dublin, where  Ms Russell’s other son Kane (8) also lives. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Case study: ‘The longest we can stay here is 18 months. The stress is less but it’s not gone’

Dublin Region Homeless Executive data shows homeless for 18-24 months has trebled

In children’s services, the report noted, “more work is needed to ensure all children receive a service that is appropriate to their assessed needs”. Photograph: Getty Images

Hiqa urges more robust safeguards across key areas for children and vulnerable adults

 Tom Barrett and John Doyle at Carraig Eden house in Greystones, Co Wicklow.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Greystones building which accommodates their supported housing is being sold

‘It was inevitable last weekend the Citizens’ Assembly put it up to the Oireachtas, recommending it finally set a date for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Repeal campaign should be challenging political and economic inequalities

 Finian McGrath, Minister of State for Disability Issues, has appointed  senior counsel Marjorie Farrelly to lead a commission of investigation into Grace’s case. Photograph: Eric Luke

High Court award of €6.3m just part of huge cost to both ‘Grace’ and the taxpayer

“The reality of HAP is that it is an insecure and private contractual arrangement that can be pulled from under the tenant’s feet at the mercy of their landlord.” Photograph: Getty Images

Housing support payment ‘not a long-term guarantee of a secure home’ - Focus manager

Amanda Barnes (23), with Luca and Millie. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Amanda Barnes (23) and her three children face homelessness despite using the scheme

The HSE failed to provide a life-saving termination to a young, suicidal asylum seeker and held her against her will,  court documents state.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Woman known as Ms Y had been raped in her own country and was suicidal

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New figures shows 2,137 children in emergency accommodation in Dublin

The “spring” rough-sleeper count, conducted on April 4th, found 138 people spending the night on the capital’s streets. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Campaigners call for ‘stronger interventions’ with more than 5,300 homeless in capital

Karen Keely with her partner Kevin and her three adult sons Lee, Lorcan and Harry, who have birth defects after she was prescribed Epilim throughout her pregnancies. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mother recalls shock at learning anti-epilepsy medication led to children’s ilnesses

Marine Martin, founder and spokeswoman of the French association of parents of children suffering from anti-convulsant syndrome (APESAC). Her book “Depakine, The Scandal (I Could Not Keep Silent)” is published this month. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

FACS Forum says 400 children may have been born with foetal valproate syndrome

Róisín Ingle (right) and her mother Ann Ingle are pictured ahead of an event hosted by the Repeal the Eighth campaign on Sunday night.

Woman recalls procedure in 1960s London, saying it is important to share stories

Brendan Howlin: “It is certainly not acceptable for any doubt to even exist for bishops now or into the future to say that they have any influence”

Proposed hospital has to be free of any specific religious ethos, says Micheál Martin

The strategy says ageing heroin users are an emerging cohort with particular health needs, including “dental deterioration and special health needs caused by long-term drug use” . Photograph: Getty Images

Growing calls in recent years for the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use

Robust questioning: Members of Dáil Public Accounts committee, Alan Farrell,  Catherine Connolly and David Cullinane. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary Higgins tells Dáil committee she regrets way her ‘comments were presented’

You’re already feeling horrible in yourself if you’re an addict. Looking down on us isn’t helping, says former user Philip Weldon from Dolphins Barn. Photograph: Alan Betson

Organisation aims to advocate for improved services and more rapid access to treatment

The National Safeguarding Committee is publishing poll findings that reveal that one in two adults has experienced abuse of a vulnerable adult

Newly established National Safeguarding Committee says problem is ‘very widespread’

Anti-water charges protesters in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Demonstrators gather for ‘final push’ against the levies as political deadlock continues

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he wants to see ‘every action and recommendation’ in the Jeyes report ‘acted on with great urgency’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sunbeam House Services accused of abuse and neglect by clients’ relatives

Annmarie O’Brien (top left), her daughter Paris (left), with Holly O’Brien and Jordan O’Brien, who all died, and their mother Bridget O’Brien (top right), who remains critically ill following the fire at Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Bridget ‘Biddy’ O’Brien in critical but stable condition after blaze in Dublin apartment

There are 1,985 open cases of historic abuse, the highest number (345) in Cork.

Retrospective sex allegations generally made by adults but perpetrators may still be active

The most frequently raised disincentive for people on a disability payment to taking up a job was fear of losing the medical card

Minister promises that earnings threshold for those with medical cards will be raised

An unannounced Hiqa inspection of Highwater Lodge in Co Wexford, a centre for adults with disabilities,   found punishments included food restrictions, confiscation of personal belongings and fines. File photograph: Getty Images

Inspection of Highwater Lodge in Wexford finds punishments such as food limits, fines

A child at the Calais Jungle: so far 25 unaccompanied minors from the  camp in Calais have come here since the Government committed, in November, to take 200  young people. File photograph: PA

Teenage boys from Syria, Sudan and Eritrea among unaccompanied minors settling here

Cyril Walker from Armagh is greeted at Dublin airport on return from the Special Olympics in Austria. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

26-strong Team Ireland arrive triumphant into Dublin airport

Mila Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher: the name Mila is racing up the popularity ladder. Photograph: Sean M Haffey/Getty Images

July is the most popular month for having babies in Ireland and February the least

The number of homeless children in the State increased last month to 2,546. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

New figures show progress made in tackling the homelessness crisis has been reversed

There is a serious lack of understanding about concealed pregnancies and the difficulties involved, said the report’s author Sylvia Murphy Tighe. Photograph posed by model: iStock

Women who hide their pregnancies are often judged harshly and insensitively, says author

“Grace”, who is severely intellectually disabled and unable to speak, was left in a foster home in the southeast for 13 years after a decision to remove her in April 1996 was overturned in October 1996. File photograph: Getty Images

South Eastern Health Board staff involved in 1996 decision to leave girl in foster home

Caranua is an independent body established under the the 2012 Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act. Photograph: Getty Images

Statutory body’s chief spurns criticism, that ‘majority’ of applicants happy with scheme

David Dineen: In 2002, his childhood abuse was recognised at the Residential Institutions Redress Board. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

David Dineen decided to speak out ‘for other victims of Caranua who do not have a voice’

The ESRI report finds people with disabilities are four times less likely to enter the workforce than people without a disability, and more likely to leave it

ESRI report says adults with disabilities are older and more likely to live alone

 Mourners at the funeral of victims of the fire in Clondalkin at St Anne’s Church, Shankill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Four people, including pregnant woman and three children, died in Dublin blaze

School principals in Swords agree there is a “serious issue” with a shortage of junior infant places. Some said it was a “foreseeable problem” the department should have prepared for

Over 100 children in River Valley have no school to go to in September

Mourners at the prayer service in Bray for Annmarie, Paris, AJ, Holly and Jordan O’Brien, who died in the Clondalkin fire. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘The families are just supporting each other. You can’t believe [this tragedy] is real’

 The aftermath of the Stardust fire in Dublin on February 14th, 1981. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Relatives of those killed in 1981 fire say they cannot co-operate with new investigation

Annmarie O’Brien, her daughter Paris, and her cousin’s  daughters Holly  and  Jordan O’Brien who died in a fire at Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Prayers to be said in Bray on Sunday for Annmarie, Paris, Holly and Jordan O’Brien

Fiona Ryan of Sonas: “We are a charity which operates facilities very much under the radar, in a very low-key, anonymous way. So, of course we are going to have to look at this.” Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Families’ privacy may be compromised at housing facility for women and children

Fiona Ryan  of the Sonas domestic violence charity at the scene of the fire: “We are scrupulous about protecting our clients’ privacy, in life and in death.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bray Travellers group says ‘inseparable’ cousins had grown up in same house

Were individuals at fault in this saga, or was there systemic bad governance?

Broad investigation into abuse allegations required to deliver lessons we need to learn

The World Conference on Women's Health at the RDS was told women’s and children’s rights were more vulnerable in patriarchal societies

Reproductive rights of women must be protected, UN health expert tells Dublin congress

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway, before excavations began. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Move comes after discovery of the remains of a ‘significant’ number of babies in Tuam

Adam Harris, founder of, demonstrating a visual overload experience with Garda Inspector Ken McLaughlin, watched by other gardaí, during an autism awareness seminar in Clondalkin Garda Station. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Part of diversity training which also includes LGBT and mental health awareness

The entrance of the Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street in Dublin’s north inner city. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Warning that terms of reference may not address ‘the whole spectrum of abuses’

Travellers celebrate outside the Dáil after Taoiseach Enda Kenny formally recognised Travellers as a distinct ethnic group on Wednesday night. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has formally recognised Travellers as a distinct ethnic group

 A Travellers’  rights protest  on their way to the Dáil. Enda Kenny’s symbolic statement will not confer any   additional new rights on Travellers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Overturning of official policy which saw Travellers as a ‘problem’ highly significant

 Nicole Joyce (13)  from Kells and Hannah McGinley and her daughter Ciosa McGinley from Galway  at Buswells Hotel watching the Dáil debate on recognition of Traveller ethnicity. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach applauded as about 100 Travellers stand outside Dáil due to lack of personnel

 “Wouldn’t it be great if the history of the Traveller people, and our culture,  was taught in the schools?” James Reilly at the Traveller site in Clonshaugh, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Travellers and human rights groups welcome Taoiseach’s statement

A file photograph of members of the Traveller Community at Brittas Bay in  Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Campaigners believe move will give community confidence to address challenges it faces

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