UN committee says Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act  ‘prevents doctors from being able to provide services in accordance with objective medical practice’.

Abortion should be decriminalised “in all circumstances” and current Irish legislation should be reviewed to ensure women have “access to safe abortio(...)

Ending religious discrimination in schools’ admission policies may require a constitutional referendum, Minister for Children James Reilly has said. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ending religious discrimination in schools’ admission policies may require a constitutional referendum, Minister for Children James Reilly has said. (...)

Most recent national figures, for October, show 1,638 children from 774 families in homeless accommodation. Photograph: The Irish Times

Three out of every five children in homeless accommodation this Christmas in Ireland are under the age of eight, figures to be published next month in(...)

Children  living in direct provision at a protest outside the Department of Justice earlier this year. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Payments to children in direct provision will be more than trebled next month, the Minister of State for Equality and New Communities has said. Aodh(...)

A boy begging in an alleyway off Dawson Street in Dublin. The State must address delays in the provision of social housing and ensure emergency housing “is appropriate to children’s needs”, says the Ombudsman for Children’s report. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government is tolerating “unacceptable” levels of child poverty, standing over discrimination in schools and failing to protect children from viol(...)

The Government is under pressure to introduce a ban on smacking children following a finding by the Council of Europe that “reasonable chastisement” is a violation of young people’s rights.

The Government is under pressure to introduce a ban on smacking children following a finding by the Council of Europe that “reasonable chastisement” i(...)

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(...)