The “leapfrog”  appeal raises issues of national and international importance with potential to affect “quite a number of cases”, the court said.

The Supreme Court has agreed to urgently hear an appeal concerning the recognition of foreign adoptions here. The appeal raises issues of national an(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: Eager to publish the Bill and have it passed by the Oireachtas without delay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 50,000 adopted people are to be given the right to their birth certificates for the first time under new legislation to be published by the (...)

“It will provide a clear roadmap as to how the inter-country adoption process will operate between Ireland and the Philippines,” said AAI chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The Philippines has been formally added as a country from where people in Ireland can adopt children after the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) agr(...)

A woman has claimed her new born son was passed off as the natural child of a couple after she believed he was sent for adoption 54 years ago. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

A woman has claimed her new born son was passed off as the natural child of a couple after she believed he was sent for adoption 54 years ago. In Hig(...)

Dr Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish schools continue to fail children by not dealing robustly with the issue of cyber bullying “one of the biggest challenges facing schools,” acco(...)

 The scales of justice on the roof of the Four Courts  in Dublin
Judgments

The placement of a child for adoption is permitted without notification of the natural father. In re the Adoption Authority of Ireland and KSH (a mino(...)

A woman can proceed to have her daughter (3) adopted despite her persistent refusals to identify the child’s father so his consent for adoption might be obtained, the High Court has ruled.

A woman can proceed to have her daughter (3) adopted despite her persistent refusals to identify the child’s father so his consent for adoption might (...)

At present a constitutional right to privacy exists on the part of birth parents. Photograph: Getty Images

As many as 50,000 adopted people will have the right to their birth certificate for the first time under new legislation being drawn up by the Governm(...)

Referendum Commission chairperson Mr Justice Kevin Cross: “Married couples have constitutional and legal protection, whereas civil partners only have legal protection.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Referendum Commission is to issue a statement within 48 hours further clarifying issues surrounding surrogacy and adoption rights for same-sex co(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly and USI president Laura Harmon at an event in Dublin on Monday to encourage students to register to vote in the Mariage Equality Referendum.

The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 is the most important change in family law in a generation and will have significant implications for a(...)