The funeral of Bridget Ward (11), who died following collision with a car, took place at Ahascragh, Co Galway. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brigid Ward was hit by a car near Ballinasloe, Co Galway on Easter Sunday

Members of the Together for Yes Campaign call for abortion reform in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Niall Carson/ PA Wire

British government ‘must respond’ to breaches of Northern Irish women’s rights

Brenda O’Connell-Barry and Mary Kennedy at the launch of this year’s Carer of the Year Awards. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Carer says she has to fundraise to pay for physiotherapy of son with rare genetic condition

Child poverty in Belfast: the New Lodge area of the city. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

No Child 2020: How two of the most deprived parts of Ireland compare

Gendered toilets and PE and the misuse of pronouns are among issues raised by transgender activists. Photograph: iStock

Gendered nature of schools can cause stress for trans pupils, says youth group

The Respond! family hub at the Gleann na hEorna apartment complex on Cookstown Way in Tallaght opened in 2017. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ombudsman reports children as young as five years of age attempting to flee hubs

A new OCO report details that children as young as five have made repeated attempts to run away from family hubs. Photograph:© Catherine MacBride 2013

New accounts are almost identical to those heard from children in direct provision

Sinead Browne at her home in Dundalk where her son took his own life last month. Photograph: James Forde.

Ian Browne (25) was sent home from Drogheda hospital twice before his death

A total of 1,500 people sought help for cocaine addiction in 2017 – a 32 per cent rise from the 1,138 who sought help the previous year. Six years earlier, in 2011, the number was 770.

Problem cocaine use grows with improving economy, Health Research Board finds

Focus Ireland works with 119 young care leavers across Dublin. A total of 14 of them are homeless and 22 are at risk of homelessness. Photograph: iStock

Focus Ireland says many vulnerable young care leavers are in insecure accommodation

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin: he hosted the seminar on affordable housing

Call for significant investment in Ireland’s stock of publicly-owned housing

One in five children are in households living below the poverty line. Photograph:  iStock

Thousands of working households are struggling to stay out of poverty, report finds

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone: ‘No one will lose out, especially those at the lower end of the income scale, as we transition to the new scheme.’ Photograph:   Eric Luke

Single parents’ support group expresses scepticism over Minister’s promise

‘I am already totally stretched financially. Where am I going to find an extra €400 a month? I’ll have to give up work,’ says one single mother. Photograph: iStock

Changes to subsidised childcare programmes will see some parents lose up to €80 a week

Samaritans’ busiest time of day is from 6pm until midnight, with its busiest hour  from 8pm. Photograph: iStock

Majority of calls to charity relate to mental health, isolation and family issues

Photograph:  Thinkstock

Social Justice Ireland says economic benefits ‘distributed in grossly unequal fashion’

Leinster Rugby: ‘Thank you to the vast majority of the 51,700 who sang, roared, cheered and urged both teams on in what was a hugely special day for Irish rugby’

Leinster Rugby urges people not to focus on ‘isolated’ incident in statement

A national census of the population is conducted every five years.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Question asking whether someone is heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual is being tested in quarterly household survey

Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign has called for the decriminalisation of drug use. Photograph: PA

By treating drug addiction as a health issue, crime would be reduced, say supporters

Independent midwife Philomena Canning is pictured outside the Four Court in Dublin with a group of supporters.

Promoter of home births had a long running legal dispute with the HSE

In February 2018, the European Medicines Agency recommended that sodium valproate not be used during pregnancy. Photograph: Getty Images

Women want to know why they were not warned of the risks of taking an anti-epilepsy drug while pregnant

Barnardos said that children who don’t get the correct services in time are far more likely to ‘engage in risky behaviour’. File photograph: Getty Images

‘My hope is to shift the public and then the political discourse,’ says charity’s chief

Sonia Kolasinska who has reached a settlement with the owners of Madigan’s bar in O’Connell Street after she was refused service there last summer. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sonia Kolasinska was told to leave Madigan’s bar on O’Connell Street

Barnardos chief executive Suzanne Connolly: ‘We will continue to lobby to ensure that vulnerable children receive the services they need.’

Changes, redundancies necessary due to gaps in State funding – chief executive

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, said Irish politicians and media  ignored Islamophobic rhetoric  when espoused by online activists, and this was “hugely problematic”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Community in Ireland fearful after New Zealand massacre because Islamophobia ‘ignored’

A homeless hub

Facilities planned for families and older people as issue to grow for at least three years

In Galway city all family law cases were held on the same day with criminal cases in other courts in the courthouse.

New CCLRP review finds lack of privacy and unsuitable conditions for family law cases

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there was an ‘epidemic of violence against women’ which ‘needs to stop’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Government holds special Cabinet meeting on gender equality, ratification of Istanbul Convention

The convention, which includes 72 actions, obliges signatory states to ‘protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence’.  Photograph: iStock

Women’s Aid says move is ‘major milestone in tackling domestic, sexual and gender based violence’

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said any “confusion” over whether the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme was still operating had been “caused by people asking questions” who already knew the answers and wanted to cause confusion. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Memo instructing Department of Housing not to take more applications under scheme was never seen by Eoghan Murphy

Jacqui Dwyer (left) and Louise Smyth at the community communion pop-up shop at Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre’s first pop-up Communion-wear shop is big success

Brendan Fairbrother in his home in Crumlin, Dublin. The house is uninsulated, the walls and ceilings are scarred with mould and the floors are damp. Photograph: James Forde

Elderly pair, who have chronic illnesses, also turned down for insulation and housing grants

Simon Harris: ‘One of the key recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment was to improve access to contraception.’

Minister keen that working group reviews the obstacles to people using birth control

Morgan D’Arcy (17) in Crumlin children’s hospital.

Morgan D'Arcy has been an inpatient at Crumlin children's hospital for five years

Erin Gallagher (8), whose aunt is Philomena Canning, pictured at protest outside the Dáil this week in support of the midwife. Photograph: Tom Honan

Terminally ill midwife sought speedy settlement against HSE to buy anti-cancer drug

PAC member Catherine Connolly:  “These payments are going directly to the private market that’s unsustainable, where rents are going up and up and up. Rents are absolutely unsustainable.”

Spend on housing payment schemes ‘going directly to the private market’ to hit €423m

Minister for Housing  Damien English  and Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly at the launch of Housing Options for our Ageing Population. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

English says within five years half of all new apartments and one third of new housing will have to be suitable for older people

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy described the figures as very disappointing. Photograph: iStock

Total number of people listed as homeless across the State is now just under 10,000

Children pictured  at the halting site on the Balgaddy Road, Clondalkin in January. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Campaigners say move is in breach of agreement to postpone Balgaddy eviction plans

Residents of Millwood Court, and their supporters, protest outside Dublin City Council offices on Wood Quay.  Photograph: Tom Honan / The Irish Times

Refurbishment of draughty and mouldy flats cancelled after councillors’ vote


No Child 2020: In the world’s ‘most food-secure’ country, 140,000 children have inadequate diets

Cousins Connie and Rico Delaney at the Carrowbrowne temporary halting site beside the Headford Road in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shughnessy

‘We don’t want to live like this, but we have nowhere else to go.’

Bernard Sweeney (left), host of TraVision,  with guests Martin Collins, Vincent Browne and Kathleen Lawrence, in Pavee Point, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Presidential candidate saw popularity rise after controversial remarks about Traveller culture

Karen McEvoy (24), from Tallaght, who died in Naas General Hospital of suspected sepsis on Christmas day 2018, one week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital.

‘Serious questions to be answered’, says National Women’s Council of Ireland director

Karen McEvoy and partner Barry Kelly.

Karen McEvoy’s partner calls for inquiry into her death in Naas hospital on Christmas Day

Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance said some schools had provided bean bags for children to rest on so they could participate in lessons after catching up on sleep. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Children’s Rights Alliance warns of impact of homelessness on education and health

Karen McEvoy, who died a week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital,  and  Barry Kelly. Neither Mr Kelly nor his solicitor, Niamh O’Brien, has been provided with an interim postmortem result, a death certificate or any of Ms McEvoy’s medical notes.

Partner of Karen McEvoy, who died on Christmas Day, not given ‘any information’

Karen McEvoy (24), from Tallaght, who died in Naas General Hospital of suspected sepsis on Christmas day 2018, one week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital.

Karen McEvoy (24) died a week after giving birth at Coombe hospital

Within two days of giving birth, Karen McEvoy was complaining of severe back and abdominal pain, exhaustion, flu-like symptoms and sweating.

Partner says he has 'to be mammy and daddy now' to their three children

The scene in Gortahork, Donegal, Ireland, where four young men have died in a road crash. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Young friends who died in ‘devastating’ incident near Gortahork described as ‘lovely lads’

The provision of Traveller accommodation in Ireland remains inadequate with sites still badly located and in poor condition, a Council of Europe committee says in a report. Photograph: Tom Honan

Social rights committee also notes continued violations on trade union rules for gardaí

From left, Lisa Algan, a friend of the Connors family, and Maggie Connors, sister of Thomas Connors, leave the Dublin Coroner’s Court. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Number of Traveller families living in unsafe conditions has risen since Carrickmines fire

Pessimism is often used as an excuse – the belief that nothing can be done relieves the burden of having to do anything. Photograph: Mariano Sayno via Getty Images

No Child 2020: Not everyone has enough to eat in Ireland. But poverty is more complex than that

The Coombe hospital: the words used in its letter are almost verbatim the text from section 11 of the Act. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Couple say they were told anomaly was fatal before hospital dubbed it ‘complex anomaly’

Coombe wrote to woman: “As you are aware, your foetus has been diagnosed with a complex foetal anomaly.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Coombe says medics not of opinion foetus would die before or within 28 days of birth

Children having lunch at school in Finland. Every child is entitled to a hot meal every day. Photograph:  Fishman Ullstein/Getty

No Child 2020: Ireland and Finland take different approaches to single working mothers

The Coombe hospital has issued a statement saying its board had no role whatsoever in certifying a termination of pregnancy. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘This is not what the people of Ireland voted for. This is not what I voted for’

BBC journalist Fergal Keane spoke of the devastating impact his father’s alcoholism had on him as a child, and into adulthood. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Addiction specialist warns parents on impact of their drinking on family

William and Patricia Maguire with their children (from left) Patrick, Mary, Margaret, Michael and William: they travel from  Ashford, Co Wicklow, to  Rush every day for school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Patricia and William Maguire are living with their five children in emergency accommodation in Wicklow

A garda is greeted by a child at a halting site on the Balgaddy Road in  Clondalkin, Dublin on Friday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

South Dublin County Council says it has no duty of care for families, who have 28 children

Ned McDonagh at the unofficial site at Balgaddy, Clondalkin, Dublin. The five families living there   are to be evicted on Friday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

South Dublin County Council says it has no ‘duty of care’ as family are not from the area

  Damien English: “I’ve seen conditions in some sites in Galway, Cork and other places. [I am ]not happy whatsoever. They are disgraceful some of them and that’s being honest.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Local councils failing to deliver on agreed targets may be subject to financial sanction

Equality legislation, according to a report written by social policy expert Brian Harvey, has ‘almost completely’ failed to protect Travellers from discrimination.

Travellers in Wexford ‘severely disadvantaged’ when compared with settled population

Adeola Adeniyi and her newborn son: Some days they went to a shopping centres to sit on the public seats while she fed Josiah. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Third of families presenting as homeless are foreign nationals whose rights are ‘unclear’

A homeless man sleeps outside the Custom House. Eileen Gleeson, director of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, said while many loved to help the homeless at Christmas, far fewer wanted homeless services near them all year around. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eileen Gleeson says some fundraising ‘stigmatises’ homeless people

The scene where a man has died after his car crashed through a fence and ended up in a field on the outskirts of Cork city Photograph:  Provision

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to collision near Glanmire

Luis Rivas in his rented apartment in the Coombe, where the electricity and water have been turned off. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Trio in unfit Coombe flat say alternatives on offer are ‘humiliating’

The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Hospital claims interfaith ceremony will mark inauguration of Master

Many people arrived at the Capuchin Day Centre in Smithfield to collect Christmas parcels of food. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times

Basics like tea, cheese, cold meats and biscuits provided at Capuchin centre

Amanda Crowe at home in Dundalk, Co Louth, with her six children Hilda (9), Nadine (8), Mark (5), twins Milan and Paris (3) and Phoenix (7 months). Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson/The Irish Times

South African national Mark Morris is the father and primary carer of their five children

Focus Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Impact of homelessness ‘a child welfare issue’, says Focus Ireland report

Young parents faced “multiple disadvantages” when looking for rented accommodation “due to a combination of their young age, childcare demands, lack of financial resources, no landlord references and often no work references”

Report says some professionals use ‘very strong terms’ about young parents

 Rough sleepers set up a row of tents at the Ilac Centre, off Henry Street in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A day spent between Dublin’s homeless charities shows a system under severe strain

Jess Kenny, homeless liaison nurse at the Mater Hospital,  with service user Jim Cleary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Appointment of Jess Kenny is in response to increasing number of homeless patients

Methadone, also known as Physeptone, is a synthetic liquid opiate prescribed to heroin addicts to help them stop using. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Many feel their recovery is being thwarted by narrow approach to managing addiction

Stephanie Yeates and her son and Carter; Catherine Smith; Ismail Olujoog; and Cllr Brian Leech were at risk of being evicted from transitional housing in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy tells Dáil families will not be evicted

The Luas at Connolly station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The event invites people to fill wrapped shoeboxes to be given to homeless people

Stephanie Yeates and her son and Carter; Catherine Smith; Ismail Olujoog; and Cllr Brian Leech. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tenants in Tallaght scheme told they must leave at end of 18-month tenancy

  Caiseal Mara hotel in Moville, Co Donegal, which was s subjected to an arson attack last weekend ahead of the arrival over the coming weeks of  100 asylum seekers. Photograph: North West Newspix

The town is ‘coming around to the idea’ of asylum seekers after last week’s hotel fire

Trish Reilly Nolan pictured with her son Alex  near their home in Athlone. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon.

Pupils ‘being denied education’ by policy of separating them due to behavioural issues

Lack of investment in mental health services is hitting the poorest households hardest,  report finds. Photograph: iStock

‘The economic recovery has done little to improve mental health here’

A queue forms outside the Capuchin Day Centre for family necessities on Monday morning. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Capuchin Day Centre: ‘We have this every week. People come from all over Dublin’

Lavinia Kerwick at the  launch of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre annual report. Photograph:

Rape survivor urges authorities to show bravery in treatment of victims of sex crimes

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said: ‘We welcome the fact that more and more victims of recent sexual violence are coming forward to seek counselling in the immediate aftermath of the trauma.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘A number of clients have reported being raped by people they had met on a dating platform’

The scene at the launch of the National Homeless and Housing Coalition demonstration which will take place from the Garden of Remembrance on December 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National Homeless and Housing Coalition call on ‘as many people as possible’ to join

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe: new legislation  was “going to provide increased protections for tenants”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Séamus Woulfe addresses Lawyers Against Homelessness event in Dublin

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council said  up to date data on sexual violence is urgently needed. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Information on the prevalence of sexual violence not available until 2024

“The rental statistics are showing a really, really tight supply...with a little over 1,000 properties to rent in Dublin or 3,000 in the country. It is simply not enough.” Photograph: Getty Images

Private sector ‘will not provide’ necessary number of affordable properties for rent

Damien English and Jim Daly say in future far greater proportion will be in private rented sector

The Cottage Home  child and family service in Shankill sold its Tivoli Road building in Dún Laoghaire and the proceeds have funded the service up to now.

Cottage Home service has worked with more than 100 vulnerable families since opening 7 years ago

Parents Gerry and Celine Cunningham (centre) from Longwood, Co Meath,  with their children Christine and Anthony  who were both born prematurely at the  Coombe. Photograph: Tom Honan

Joyous occasion for 200 who spent first weeks struggling for life in venerable alma mater

‘Family homelessness continued to grow at the same appalling rate after ‘homeless priority’ was removed as it did before,’ Mike Allen, director of advocacy at Focus Ireland has said.

Family homelessness continues to rise in Dublin, new data shows

Trish Reilly Nolan pictured with her son, nine-year-old  Alex near their home in Athlone. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Barnardos, Inclusion Ireland and Irish Traveller Movement slate State-wide trend

Practice affected “particularly vulnerable children and young people experiencing behavioural difficulties, disabilities or social and emotional challenges”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Placing pupils on reduced timetable without consent considered ‘a form of suspension’

Despite the  assertive engagement of the intake teams and by medics working with the Safetynet charity,  a number of people chose to continue to sleep outdoors during the heaviest snowfalls  in March. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Cold weather strategy includes 203 permanent and 130 ‘temporary contingency’ beds

“Prior to the end of the 1980s we accepted landlordism was a bad thing. It was exploitative, it drove people into poverty, it gave people very poor security, and suddenly we have gone 100%  in the other direction to say that landlordism is a good thing”

‘The social welfare pension system in Ireland is based on the assumption pensioners don’t have rent to pay and don’t have signific(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “One in every 10 children lives in consistent poverty – experiencing both income poverty and deprivation.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Middle classes must be convinced afflicted children worth investing in, forum hears

Traveller housing in Ballymun, Dublin. Seventeen local authorities have between them failed to spend €10.3 million on Traveller housing in the first three-quarters of this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than half of local authorities have spent none of their 2018 allocation

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy had caused confusion with homelessness figures, an Oireachtas committee was told. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee told rationale for removal of some people from data ‘unclear’

The St Margaret’s Traveller housing scheme in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government-appointed expert group proposes financial penalty for underspending

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