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(...)

The Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency will lose its €81,000 annual allocation from Tusla Child and Family Agency due to cost-cutting measures. Photograph: Getty Images

A group which promotes social inclusion for people with disabilities has said it will have to cease certain operations from July after Tusla officials(...)

Accord’s president Bishop Denis Nulty said in a statement he was “very disappointed that Tusla has made this funding decision.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government rejects claims that State funding for marriage preparation courses provided by a Catholic support agency was withdrawn because of the (...)

A mother could be fined up to €1,000 and jailed for a month after pleading guilty to breaking the Education (Welfare) Act for not complying with an official warning to ensure her child went to school. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A mother has appeared in court after her 11-year-old son missed 133 school days since September.The woman is being prosecuted by the Child and Family (...)

Dr Geoffrey Shannon, special rapporteur on child protection. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, will conduct a risk assessment in the case of a newborn girl found in a plastic bag, should her mother be located (...)

A teenage boy, who is charged with possessing jewellery which was allegedly stolen during a burglary at the home of a 90-year-old woman, has been refu(...)

Unlawfully obtained material is to be disclosed in family law action. H vs H (2015) IEHC 58 (High Court, Abbott J, January 23rd, 2015) The High Court,(...)