Minister for Justice Alan Shatter wrote to Rome to seek clarification on its claim congregations which ran Magdalene  laundries were willing to pay part of compensation scheme. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A Vatican submission last December to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) made three signific(...)

A building on Sean McDermott St in Dublin which is reported to have been used as a Magdalene laundry. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Claims made by the Vatican in a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) last December were so inaccu(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: said all four congregations were “co-operating” with the Government scheme to compensate the women through “providing all the available records and verifications as requested”

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has written for a third time to the four religious congregations that ran Magdalene laundries seeking a contribution(...)

NBSCCCI welcomed a recommendation that the Vatican “strengthen its efforts” to make the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child widely known.

The Irish Catholic Church’s child-protection watchdog has welcomed this week’s UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report on the Vatican’s handlin(...)

Pope Francis told worshippers at morning Mass in the Vatican  that abuse scandals had ‘cost us a lot of money, but (paying damages) is only right’. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

United Nations child protection experts pushed Vatican delegates today to reveal the scope of the decades-long sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholi(...)

Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children:  Raises concern about a proposed power for schools to refuse admission to a child based on the advice of the HSE or An Garda Síochána. Photograph: Eric Luke

Denominational schools should no longer have the right to discriminate in favour of enrolling children on the basis of their religion, the Ombudsman f(...)

The Government has accused an anti-smacking campaign group of misinformation and a lack of balance in its bid to have the practice banned in Ireland. Photograph: PA.

The Government has accused an anti-smacking campaign group of misinformation and a lack of balance in its bid to have the practice banned in Ireland. (...)

The Government has told a United Nations committee it has no specific plans to introduce a law to outlaw slapping or “reasonable chastisement” of chil(...)