Existing provisions in Irish legislation outlawing online harassment are insufficient, says Prof Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: iStock

Internet safety should be made a mandatory subject in Irish primary schools and should even be introduced to creches, the Special Rapporteur on Child (...)

“Sex offenders generally continue to abuse until they are caught.” Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Tusla, the child and family agency, has rejected claims that it did not properly investigate allegations of child sexual abuse passed to it by the cha(...)

Cope Galway’s annual report highlights an increase  in the numbers of children the homelessness charity supported, up from 369 in 2015 to 512 last year. Photograph: Istock

The number of children experiencing homelessness in Galway would now fill an entire school, the chief executive of a charity has said. Speaking in ad(...)

France has achieved a 25 per cent decline in alcohol consumption since introducing advertising restrictions via the “Loi Evin”. Photograph: Fran Veale

A new opinion poll, commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland from polling company Ireland Thinks, demonstrates that 82 per cent of the public s(...)

Dr Shannon said restricting internet usage for children should “be approached with caution. Photograph: iStock

A proposed “digital age of consent” under which online services could not allow children to sign up without parental approval should be set at 13, the(...)

Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new child protection policy being adopted by Tusla needs “a much broader examination”, an Oireachtas committee was told on Wednesday. Geoffrey Shan(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly pictured in his chambers

The President of the High Court has strongly criticised the Government over its moves to reform how judges are appointed, describing the proposals as (...)

Fred McBride chief executive of Tusla says ‘blame’ discourse is affecting social workers.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A growing “blame” culture against Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is affecting child-protection work, making it more difficult to retain staff and(...)

This week alone, there was yet another damning report from Geoffrey Shannon pointing towards  a systemically flawed after-hours service for vulnerable children

I have been thinking about my mother a lot recently. She will be 18 years dead this October. I find myself remembering odd things, like finding her w(...)

“Treated like human trash”: Geoffrey Shannon with Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll and Det Supt Declan Daly at the publication of his audit on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill “Treated like human trash”: Geoffrey Shannon with Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll and Det Supt Declan Daly at the publication of his audit on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was upset by the failings in the State’s child-protection system revealed by Prof Geoffrey Shannon’s audit of cases where(...)