Building reportedly used as a Magdelene Laundry on Seán McDermott Street: many levels of Irish society, including the State, failed women who were kept in such places. Photograph: Eric Luke

I have told her story in the past but even in death she would want to remain anonymous. She leaves an important legacy. Her childhood was sad. Her mot(...)

INTO president Emma Dineen:  talked of primary school children wishing that homelessness would be eradicated from Ireland. Photograph: Mary Browne

Children attending primary school are falling asleep in class due to the impact of homelessness on their lives, the INTO conference heard on Monday. (...)

Relatives of the five victims of the drowning tragedy off the pier in Buncrana, Co Donegal, on Sunday night have spoken of their “unspeakable heartbreak. Clockwise from left: Ruth Daniels (59), Sean McGrotty (49), his sons mark (12) and Evan (8) and Ruth’s daughter Jodie Lee Daniels (14)

Relatives of the five victims of the drowning tragedy off the pier in Buncrana, Co Donegal, have spoken of their “unspeakable heartbreak”. Six people(...)

Ida Lane with children at Treasures Montessori in Wicklow town. Photograph:  Garry O’Neill

‘Sand,” says Jamie (4). “I like to play in the sand. And we pick up the pebbles in the garden and then we count them. I like that, too.” Jamie was no(...)

There are allegations that children and adults with intellectual disabilities, some of whom are mute, were seriously sexually assaulted at the home.

Why is a case involving a family which fostered children in the 1980s in the news now? The case has been in the public domain since last year, but ca(...)

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, against whom a murder charge was dropped in the United States over the death of a baby in her care, plans to sue over her wrongful conviction. Photograph: Keith Bedford/ Boston Globe via AP

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, against whom a murder charge was dropped in the United States over the death of a baby in her care, plans to sue o(...)

One Family chief executive Karen Kiernan:  “It is unacceptable to continue to sentence a generation of children to a lifetime of poverty and poor life chances.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The proportion of people at risk of poverty has increased, with single parents and their children suffering the highest rates of deprivation(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton at the annual pre-budget meeting with NGOs at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children in school breakfast clubs in some of the country’s poorest areas are “taking extra food home on Fridays” to “see them through the weekend”(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has defended her decision to proceed with social welfare reforms as essential to helping lone parents get out of the poverty trap. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has defended her decision to proceed with social welfare reforms as essential to helping lone (...)

Karen Kiernan of One Family: “This reform process is forcing lone parents who are already working part-time to give up their jobs because they no longer meet the eligibility criteria and because work does not pay, meaning even greater poverty.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tánaiste Joan Burton will today meet lone parent groups as pressure mounts on the Government to delay welfare reforms which will affect 30,000 lone(...)