A shrine on the the site of the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone will bring proposals to Cabinet about the prospects of identifying babies in a mass grave in a former religiou(...)

‘State institutions have been slow to put in place the necessary policies and structures to protect victims of child abuse.’ File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

After almost 20 years of commissions of inquiry and of extensive media coverage, it cannot be said by now that there is little awareness among the pub(...)

The remains of a significant number of juveniles were found at the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Galway historian Catherine Corless, whose work resulted in the discovery of the remains of hundreds of babies and infants on the site of the former mo(...)

Robert Watt has had his contract as secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform extended. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is extending the contracts of three secretaries general of high-profile departments whose terms in their jobs were due to expire this y(...)

Dr Peter Thompson will tell the Oireachtas committee debating the Eighth Amendment that more than  3,000 women a year travel from the Republic of Ireland to England or Wales for a termination of pregnancy. Photograph: Coloroftime/E+/Getty.

The Oireachtas committee debating the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which gives effect to the State’s abortion ban, will be strongly advised n(...)

St.Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse St Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Commuters caught in traffic on Pearse Street in Dublin’s south inner-city may sometimes gaze at the elegant, flower-bedecked façade of a distinctive, (...)

A new survey of students suggests a serious mismatch between how priority subjects on the school curriculum are being experienced by our younger citizens, says Prof Dympna Devine. Photograph: iStock

The recent report of thefirst national survey of young people on their experiences of teaching and learning in secondary schools is important on two c(...)

There were 6,300 children in the care of the State as of March 2017, 92 per cent of whom were placed with 4,500 approved foster carers around the country. File photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí and social workers should be placed in specialist child protection units and gaps in provision of out-of-hours emergency services should be rem(...)

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay: Too many children were  “automatically granted, on the day of their birth, the right to stand in queues for services that never came”.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s rate of child homelessness, which has risen by 287 per cent in three years, is unmatched anywhere in Europe, the Irish Society for the Preve(...)

The committee proposed  exchange programmes should take place between Gaeltacht and Irish medium schools. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A public commitment should be given by the Minister for Education that school books will be made available in Irish in all subjects at junior and seni(...)

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