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Chair of the National Review Panel Helen Buckley: ‘We cannot say the infant deaths were directly related to the mothers’ addiction’. File photograph: Eric Luke

Five babies and one toddler known to the State’s child protection agency, Tusla, whose mothers had drug or alcohol abuse problems, died last year, a h(...)

Drug-dependent mothers were a particularly at-risk group who needed specialised support, advised Dr Helen Buckley, chair of the National Review Panel. Photograph: iStock

Specially-trained midwives are “urgently needed” around the State in a bid to cut the number of deaths of infants and toddlers in the care of parents (...)

An average of 21 vulnerable young people in contact with social services have died each year, according to an independent body tasked with reviewing critical incidents in the care system. Photograph: iStock

Almost 150 vulnerable young people who were in contact with social services have died since 2010, new figures show. The most common cause of death w(...)

Short lives marred by abuse and neglect, alongside critical failings by State services, are revealed in reports into the deaths of children and young people in care, or known to care services.

Short lives marred by abuse, trauma and neglect, alongside critical failings by State services there to protect them, are revealed in reports into the(...)

 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin addresses the Northern Ireland Assembly in Stormont, Belfast, last week. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has ended its long-standing equal pay policy for party workers in Northern Ireland, claiming new financial regulations at Stormont have rend(...)

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness  walks with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams  and party colleagues Mary Lou McDonald  and Michelle O’Neill  outside Stormont. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

The PSNI announced on Tuesday it was calling off its investigation into allegations of irregularities in some MLAs’ expenses claims. Det Supt Kevin Ge(...)

Minister  for Children James Reilly: ‘We must learn lessons from the examination of serious incidents or deaths relating to children who receive care.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s social services watchdog will have a new role overseeing reports into deaths or serious incidents involving children in contact with the c(...)

There are two Jessie Wares. There’s the one who appears on her records, a woman making beautiful, sophisticated, vulnerable, soulful sounds and pro(...)

Flowers  at Ridge Hall, Ballybrack, Co Dublin,  where  two-year-old Hassan Khan died. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The death of two-year-old Hassan Khan, whose body was found in an apartment in south Dublin on Thursday evening, is being investigated by Tusla, th(...)

Shortly after Dr Leo Varadkar became Minister for Health he was interviewed by RTÉ about the challenges facing the health sector, including Ireland’s (...)