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Tusla social workers focused on Cathy’s parenting issues. She entered a detox unit when Ray was three. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three-year-old Ray died while in his father’s care. His parents, Richie and Cathy, both had addiction problems. The boy was on Tusla’s books from his (...)

Dr Helen Buckley, chairwoman of the NRP, said while the reports showed evidence of “some very good practice” once services became involved, “it was notable that some social work departments were under serious pressure with high referral rates and staff shortages that inevitably impacted on their ability to provide a good service”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Twenty-two children and young people in care or known to the child protection system died last year, according to the National Review Panel (NRP), a f(...)