Gordon Jeyes: “It’s about getting people to face up to the consequences . .  . If I get a standstill budget, I will have to make reductions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Social services will be reduced to a “basic child protection service” next year unless significant additional money is made available, the head of th(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of  the Child and Family Agency Tusla: “The broad aim of the proposals will be to ensure young people who leave care will be entitled to the same amount of funding whether they choose to undertake further education or not.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Child and Family Agency has confirmed that controversial plans to reform aftercare services for hundreds of young people are being reviewed and wi(...)

Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Co Galway historian who researched the deaths of almost 800 infants and children in the Bon Secours home in Tuam from the 1920s to 1961 has welco(...)

How were two Roma children wrongly taken away from their families and briefly held in State care last year? Both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Justice Mini(...)

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny: “My Government colleagues and I are determined that such events will never happen again.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

and Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday apologised to the Roma families whose children were taken into care last year amid fears they had been abducted.“(...)

Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children: Judge Alan Mitchell has instructed the guardian of the children in question to refer the case to Ms Logan and Hiqa. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Ombudsman for Children and Hiqa are to be asked to investigate why the Child and Family Agency left children in State care without an allocated so(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of  child and family agency Tusla, speaking at the official launch the new Migrant Family Support Service. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A new free-of-charge service to help migrant parents who have had their children taken into State care or are in need of child support intervention(...)

According to the unpublished report commissioned by the HSE, a major review of care services found examples of inappropriate placements or cases where children or carers were struggling to cope

More than 250 vulnerable children in the care of the State have been estimated to be in unsuitable care place(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald opened the Pavee Point conference on Roma children’s rights in Dublin today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The events surrounding the taking into care of two Roma children last year were a “shame for the State” and an “embarrassment for the Governmen(...)

Derek Mulligan, a victim of Michael Ferry, speaks to members of the media outside the Central Criminal Court in 2011 after Ferry was jailed for 14 years. Photograph: Collins Courts

Donegal child sex abuser Michael Ferry (58) was allowed continue working as caretaker at an Irish language summer school despite being convicte(...)