The Minister for Justice  brought a number of powers included in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 into force this week, including one that will give single parents greater rights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Major changes to Ireland’s family law rules will mean some cases will take significantly longer to handle and will require more children to come befor(...)

Social media is not a good forum to express complex emotions and parents need to be aware that, when older, a child may read what a parent wrote about them. Photograph: Thinkstock

Taking photos of your children is one thing, sharing them on social media is another. “Oversharenting” is the term coined for frequent posting abou(...)

Children rehearse for their Christmas show at Stepping Stones Early Learning Centre, Ballynahown, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Small children shuffle shyly into place, the girls dressed in white with gold tinsel halos while the boys in dressing gowns have tea towels tied arou(...)

While legislation which allowed parents to use force against their children was repealed in Ireland almost 15 years ago, the defence of reasonable chastisement has remained in common law for parents or child carers. File photograph: PA Photo

Legal changes aimed at banning the slapping or use of force against children came into law on Friday. Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has sig(...)

Trina Tsai at the office of BelonG To where a book on the Marriage Equality Campaign by Anna Carey was launched. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

From Monday the first tranche of same-sex marriages made in other countries gained legal recognition in Ireland. To mark the day, Taoiseach Enda Kenn(...)

Dr Cyril Daly:  wrote an open letter to the then archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, describing Catholic education as “offensive” to Christ’s teaching and “corrupt . . . in its infliction of violence”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Dublin doctor Cyril Daly died in August at the age of 82. He was buried in St Fintan’s Cemetery in Sutton, but his true memorial occurred this week in(...)

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some victims of child abuse in the State are waiting up to 18 months to access appropriate supports, a gap that is “quite shocking”, campaigners for c(...)

In the Intreo office the officer reckoned they aim to ultimately include everyone in the State, and agreed it is an ID card in all but name.

Are we getting identity cards by the back door, and with barely a whimper about it? I didn’t even give it a second thought. I got all my bits t(...)

 Minister for Children James Reilly:  introduced the change in an amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Jillian van Turnhout, to the Children First Bill.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The introduction of an effective ban on slapping children will send out the message that under no circumstances is it acceptable to hit a child, Mini(...)

Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children, in his office on Great Strand Street, Dublin. Photograph: Sara Freund.

Every morning, on the way up to his office in a building off Dublin’s north quays, the Ombudsman for Children passes his job description, which is wri(...)