Gordon Jeyes: comments from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs  follow concerns raised by the chief executive of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, about the cost of the system.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Plans for “extensive reform” of the court-appointed guardian system in Ireland are “at an advanced stage”, the Department of Children and Youth Affai(...)

 Minister for Children Dr James Reilly. Dr Reilly said the Government had ‘no part’ in funding cuts to Catholic marriage support agency Accord. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government had “no hand, act or part” in the cutting of funding to the Catholic marriage support agency Accord, Minister for Children James Reilly(...)

Organisations involved in the BeLonG To Yes campaign in the same-sex the marriage referendum include the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point, EPIC and the National Youth Council of Ireland, as well as BeLonG To. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

A Yes vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum would be “in the best interests of children”, three of Ireland’s leading children’s chariti(...)

Christmas cheer-up: Dustin The Turkey lent his support to Age Action this year, along with Christmas FM. Photograph: David Sleator 2:04

Tucked away in a corner of the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin, an avid band of merry broadcasters is hard at work filling Ireland’s airwaves with yuletid(...)

Pamela Carter (centre) with Vivienne Moore (right) who run an afterschool service in Rathmines, Dublin, called The Club. Photograph: Alan Betson

The challenge of developing afterschool care is that families’ needs and preferences vary widely – but basing services in, or at least beside, a prima(...)

Almost one in five teachers say they have seen an increase in the number of children arriving at school hungry over the past year

Almost one in five teachers say they have seen an increase in the number of children arriving at school hungry over the past year, according to resear(...)

He was only five years old but John O’Connell still remembers the moment he was told his mum had died – two days after the event. “It was weird becaus(...)

Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay: called on the Government to act quickly to address rising rents, discrimination in the private rental sector, inappropriateness of emergency accommodation and lack of social housing. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Thousands of children may be left homeless by the end of the year and those already affected are suffering “fear, uncertainty and isolation”, Barna(...)

Natasha Shaw and Kim Green from Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Chicken nuggets, hot dogs and burgers are what Kim Greene now feeds her four children after years of successive cuts to benefits have reduced what she(...)

Barnardos ambassador Richie Sadlier togged out with Owen Keating and Dermot Moloney from  Sodexo  to celebrate their Guinness World Record success for the longest five-a-side football match ever.

Two Irish teams have set a world record for the longest five-a-side football match. The teams, from Sodexo Ireland in Dublin, played a 53-hour (...)