Mark Kennedy, chairman The Homeless Oversight Group, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy  and Mark Byrne, CEO, at the launch of the Focus Ireland Annual Report, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Charity says blame for ‘lack of urgent action’ lies at the door of Government

David Cameron: seen as making a strong case for Britain staying in the EU

Internal documents say UK exit from EU would be ‘very bad’ for Northern Ireland

 Emily Logan has been appointed to lead the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What can the new head of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission hope to achieve?

Emily Logan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to be formally established in autumn

Two staff members at a Galway nursing home have raised concerns about elder abuse.

Senator says two staff members highlighted staff misconduct and allegations of elder abuse

 Danny Talbot, the teenager who died at the age of  19 while in the care of the State. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite well-meaning policy changes, frontline services are under real strain

Chairwoman of the National Review Panel Dr Helen Buckley with Paul Harrison at the launch of the report. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Child and Family Agency publishes reports into deaths of four children

Danny Talbot’s aunts Donna (left) and Deborah Lamb in Dublin yesterday. Every week the sisters come to Dublin’s Liffey boardwalk in search of vulnerable young people to help. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Social services failed to intervene properly despite evidence Danny Talbot was abused

Donna (left) and Deborah Lamb, from Rathfarnham, Dublin, on the Liffey boardwalk at Eden Quay, Dublin, where they talk to vulnerable young people, similar in many ways  to their late nephew Danny Talbot. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

A new report reveals missed opportunities by social services to support vulnerable teenager who died while in State aftercare

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