Geoffrey Shannon, the Government’s special rapporteur on children, said the children at greatest risk of being bullied were often the more vulnerable – LGBT, foreign-national or Traveller children. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

A criminal offence of cyberbullying should be introduced in legislation, the Government’s special rapporteur on children has said. Geoffrey Shannon(...)

Dr Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish schools continue to fail children by not dealing robustly with the issue of cyber bullying “one of the biggest challenges facing schools,” acco(...)

The bail scheme was first recommended by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon in a report to the Government five years ago. Photograph: Garett White/Collins

The Department of Children has published a tender for a new “intensive supervision” bail scheme for minors awaiting trial. The system will add a laye(...)

A file photograph of a protest in Dublin calling for an end to the direct provision system. Photograph: David Sleator.

The weekly allowance for children living in direct provision will almost double with immediate effect when the Government approves the increase tomor(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly: not seen as being close to either Government party. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government nominated Mr Justice Peter Kelly as the next president of the High Court and two new High Court judges at its final Cabinet meeting be(...)

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 (...)