A report by the National Review Panel found serious weaknesses in the HSE’s management of Danny Talbot’s case. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The family of teenager Danny Talbot, who died while in HSE aftercare services, is seeking an independent judicial inquiry into the care he received th(...)

Groups representing young people in care have expressed alarm that the changes will place vulnerable young people at even greater risk of falling through the cracks of the care system.

Planned changes to the State’s care system will result in payments to foster families ceasing where a young person is not involved in education or tr(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “There certainly is a need for more to be done in this area.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Children James Reilly has said we must learn from the four reports published earlier this week into the deaths of young people who were (...)

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

If Danny Talbot were growing up in care today, could the same appalling pattern of failure happen again? If we are to rely on the word of those in cha(...)

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

The Child and Family Agency has apologised for failing to meet the needs of a vulnerable teenager in State care, who died despite being in desperat(...)

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

A damning report into the death of a teenager who spent most of his life in State care reveals a series of missed opportunities by social services t(...)

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

Every week sisters Debbie and Donna Lamb come to Dublin’s boardwalk in search of vulnerable young people to help.Where others see wild-eyed trouble-ma(...)