A solicitor for the Child and Family Agency said the boy wanted contact with the foster mother, with whom he had lived for most of his life, but child protection notifications had been sent to gardaí and “might colour the relationship” with her. Photograph: Alan Betson

Boy was without an allocated social worker for a number of years

Three-quarters of abusers were male intimate partners, with 57 per cent current husbands or partners

Almost 19,700 disclosures of domestic violence to charity in 2013

Young child tells social worker father smacked her face and caused a nose bleed

The Dublin Simon Community launched its Annual Review of 2013 at the Mansion house with Christy Burke, Lord Mayor of Dublin, pictured with Sam McGuinness of Simon Community. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Hopefully the winter will be mild because if it isn’t, it will be dangerous’

People arriving at the the Convention Centre Dublin  for the citizenship ceremonies for Ireland’s newest citizens. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Proposed legislation to speed up asylum process will only apply to new applicants

The Courts Service, which is responsible for managing the courts, said in June the proposals would result in improved services in courtrooms that were equipped with facilities and support services that could not be provided in suburban courthouses.

Proposals could have resulted in increased costs across the justice sector

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphries at the leaping Salmon at the ESB Museum. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 1,400 free events take place all over the country

The social worker said the young teenager had been in the voluntary care of the Child and Family Agency since last month. Photograph: Getty Images/Comstock Images

Mother left jurisdiction, not notified of order

Dublin District Family Court: Judge Sinéad Ní Chulacháin made an order for the involuntary detention of a 17-year-old boy at an adult unit, in light of no more suitable place being available for him.

Youth to be held in adult mental health unit, court hears

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