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 (...)

The cost of crested school clothing, footwear, books and classroom resources was €350 for a typical senior infant pupil. The figure rose to €400 for fourth class and €785 for first year, the survey shows

Parents are facing a crippling financial burden as they prepare to send their children back to school. Costs can run to almost €800 per student and th(...)

Chief executive of children’s charity Barnardos Fergus Finlay: I have fundamental problems with people setting themselves up as childminders . . . completely outside any system of registration or inspection.”

If undercover investigations could be made into the unregulated area of childminding in the home similar problems to those uncovered in a television p(...)

MrJustice Michael White: “It is very difficult to get through to people who don’t see the other side of the argument, who reference life to themselves completely and don’t see the damage that is 
being caused.”

The experiences children go through during high-conflict family-breakdown proceedings amount in many cases to “emotional abuse of the children, nearly(...)