Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters  on Universal Children’s Day last November, protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s the details that shock: children growing up in State-sanctioned poverty without enough toys or clothes; parents buckling under the strain of ment(...)

The men in the square box: Pat Kenny and Mickey Harte in the Mansion House set for ‘Pat Kenny in the Round’

Graham Norton signed off on his BBC chat show last week saying George Clooney is soon to be a guest. He’s not just showing off (well, maybe a little),(...)

Fergus Finlay: “If I described Ronan Mullen as a Government expert because 100 per cent of his income comes from the taxpayer, apart from his political contributions, he would be outraged.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Tactics employed by the No side in the same sex marriage referendum campaign have been described as “cynical”, “dishonest”, and as exploiting a “polit(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says: ‘The clear strategy of the No side is to try and confuse people by bringing emotive but unrelated matters such as parentage and surrogacy into the debate.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Referendum Commission has said that surrogacy and adoption rights will not be affected by the same-sex marriage referendum, regardless of the resu(...)

Dr Geoffrey Shannon, special rapporteur on child protection. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, will conduct a risk assessment in the case of a newborn girl found in a plastic bag, should her mother be located (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly and USI president Laura Harmon at an event in Dublin on Monday to encourage students to register to vote in the Mariage Equality Referendum.

The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 is the most important change in family law in a generation and will have significant implications for a(...)

Ireland’s children are not doing so well, if the recent plethora of reports is to be believed. Far from being the best little country to raise a famil(...)

Amy MacMahon - a computer generated image  made by RTÉ’s graphics design department. Image: RTÉ

Adults who attempt to groom young people online for the purpose of sexual exploitation could face up to 14 years in jail under proposed new legislatio(...)

Legislation was introduced in the 1950s which provided the legal basis to adoption for the first time. Photograph:  Getty Images/Comstock Images

There are more than 6,000 children in the State care system, but adoption is rarely seen as an option. Legal obstacles mean it is not a realistic opti(...)

 Patricia Carey, chief executive of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The top job at the Adoption Authority of Ireland has a turnover rate more associated with football managers. But Patricia Carey, its fourth chief exec(...)