The Scandinavian childcare system has evolved “because of a cultural consensus that simply does not exist in Ireland.”

Tánaiste Joan Burton is under pressure because of her cuts to the one-parent family payment, not least because she promised not to introduce them unti(...)

A father dresses his son at their home. A Túsla-commissioned study is the first in Ireland to look at the influence of childcare arrangements from infancy (nine months) up to the age of nine years, on a child’s physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development. File photograph: Casper Hedberg/The New York Times

Infants cared for by a relative develop better language skills by the age of three than those cared for in settings such as creches, according to n(...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority found significant delays at Tusla in assessing the needs of children and families where there were reports of suspected abuse or neglect. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Serious concern over the safety of children at risk has prompted the State’s health watchdog to review national governance at Tusla, the Child and Fam(...)

Conor Neill (6) with his class in the Doodle Den in St Michael’s Infants School in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

A few weeks ago Siobhán Neill took her six-year-old son, Conor, to McDonald’s as a treat. She was about to ask him what he wanted when he surprised he(...)

 Anne Scully, RCNI Chairperson; Cliona Saidlear, Acting Director; Elaine Mears, Data and Services Information Manager at the launch of the RCNI National Rape Crisis Statistics Report for 2014 in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan 1:56

The Government is making “very serious mistakes” in its “regressive” approach towards sexual violence prevention services according to the director of(...)

The woman is facing prosecution by the Child and Family Agency (CFA) at Dublin District Court as a result of the high level of school days her child missed

Sentencing has been adjourned in the case of a mother who admitted she “put her head in the sand” while her 11-year-old child missed 133 school days i(...)

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(...)

‘Their stories offer compelling insights into the negative impact gaps in services and system-oriented practices have on the lives of children and their families’. Photograph: Getty Images

As Ombudsman for Children I often return to the question posed by Eleanor Roosevelt, at an event at the UN in New York, during the 10th anniversary of(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “Anybody who finds themselves in a situation like that where the baby is found in those circumstances, clearly that has to be a very traumatic situation for the mother as well.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has directly appealed to the mother of a baby girl found at the side of a road in Dublin last week to come(...)

Senator  Ronan Mullen said the organisations received almost €15 million from Atlantic Philanthropies in recent years. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has claimed philanthropist Chuck Feeney is interfering in Irish democracy by funding gay rights groups. Mr Mullen m(...)