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(...)

Dr Geoffrey Shannon: he champions a “whole-school” counter to cyberbullying incorporating policies, codes of behaviour, education on social media and the involvement of parents

The Special Rapporteur on Child Protection has said firmer laws against cyberbullying are now required in the wake of the Louise O’Keeffe ruling whic(...)

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness (above) is among prominent figures who have predicted the State’s treatment of asylum seekers could be the subject of a future government apology

Last year Taoiseach Enda Kenny apologised on behalf of the State to hundreds of women who spent time in Magdalene laundries. They were blameless wome(...)

Friends Natasha  (left) and Minahil, both 12. “When people [at secondary school] find out where we live, they’ll probably bully us . . . Natasha and I, we’re best friends. But we won’t be able to look after each other all the time.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien. 1:34

‘We have a plan,” announces Natasha, grandly, as she breaks out into a broad grin. She’s just 12 years old, but her long-term planning and attention t(...)

Natasha (12), Minahil (12), and Yolanda (18), who live in the Athlone Direct Provision Centre at Lissywollen. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 6:47

Social services have been alerted to more than 1,500 child protection or welfare concerns over young people living in centres for asylum seekers over (...)

Dr Geoffrey Shannon: “The law must keep pace with technology in protecting vulnerable young children and must exist as an accessible recourse for those who are victims of abuses such as cyber-bullying.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish TImes

Schools which do not do enough to protect students from bullying are likely to be liable for damages in future legal cases, the State rapporteur on c(...)

An asylum seeker with her ID card. Photograph: Rory O’Neill, part of the Irish Refugee Council exhibition ‘One Year On, and Still No Change’, at Powerscourt Gallery, Dublin, until June 3

Hadija was 10 when her older brother and father were shot dead in her home in Koyama, south Somalia. A few years later, her mother was attacked and(...)

The government special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon said the provision requiring at least one parent to be under 45 should be looked at again. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Proposed legislation requiring that at least one prospective parent of a child born to surrogacy must be under the age of 45 could amount to age discr(...)