Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will be 10 years in that role on Saturday next. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

(...) parishes rallied after the Murphy report (it investigated the handling of clerical child sex abuse(...)

Ciara Kenny When their child is in trouble, a parent’s first instinct is to run to their aid. But(...)

‘A problem for our legislators, should they choose to take any interest in the matter, would be how to acknowledge the fact that the sacramental seal is infinitely more likely to be an ally than an enemy of child safety.’ Photograph: Getty Images

(...) recently published Children First Bill on mandatory reporting of child abuse. First, the sacramental(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald    at the launch of the “Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures” national policy framework for children and young people at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

We’ve liked to think of ourselves as a child-centred country, even if reality has often(...)

Legislation providing for the provision of medical cards to all young children is due to come before Cabinet today, and is expected to become law by the summer. Photograph: Getty Images

Paul Cullen, Health Correspondent Extending free GP care to under-6s will result in(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said there are approximately 1,000 applicants who wish to adopt in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

(...) next option is to find suitable adoptive parents in the same country as the child. This is happening(...)

Elmo, an assistance puppy in training with Austism Assistance Dogs Ireland: children often speak around a dog where they might struggle with an adult or peer

The temperament and the height of the dog is important because, when out walking, the child holds onto(...)

Many parents can get caught into a pattern of constantly taking their child back to his bed, only for him to come back straight out a few minutes later, leading to a bedtime battle

(...). A Once child ren are mobile and able to climb out of the(...)

Karen Cafferky and her son Ethan in their home in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. ‘When your child has a rare condition it’s very isolating.’ Photograph: Brian Farrell

(...) the tears started when the antibiotic stopped. When your child has a rare condition it’s very(...)

Ruby Wax: “Depression is a physical disease.” Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Marcos and Salman Rushdie, she was struggling with her mental health. “I had three- to five-year gaps(...)

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