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Kirsty Spencer with her children outside their hub accommodation, in Drumcondra in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

No Child 2020 is an Irish Times initiative to provide a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues in 2019. Inspired by the Democratic Pro(...)

Dermot Kelly, former Dáil correspondent at The Irish Times, has died

Former Irish Times journalist Dermot Kelly has died. Mr Kelly, originally from Mullingar, Co Westmeath worked as Dáil correspondent for the newspaper.(...)

Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, watch as the coffin of the celebrated broadcaster Gay Byrne, is carried into St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gay Byrne was remembered at his funeral on Friday as a much loved husband and father, a friend and colleague and so very much more. He was, said the (...)

Flowers at the scene where a seven-year-old boy died after being struck by a road sweeper’s truck at St Joseph’s Way, Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The seven-year-old boy who died on Sunday afternoon after being struck by a road sweeper’s truck in north Dublin has been named as Devin Crosby Shephe(...)

Erin Phelan with her children, Casey (4) and Dylan (1), who live in a family hub on Western Road. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

For Erin Phelan (23), and her children Dylan (1) and Casey (4),support with the costs of buses and days out during summer would be “a huge help”. The(...)

‘If you are a family squeezed into one room in a hotel, the children and the parents are under huge additional stress.’ Photograph: iStock

Homeless families are “under huge additional stress” during summer months and “need more supports”, a leading family support worker has warned. Rache(...)

The congregations have yet to pay in full compensation deals reached in 2002 and 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eighteen religious congregations who ran orphanages, reformatories and industrial schools investigated by the Ryan Commission have yet to fully honour(...)

Patrick FitzSymons as a one-year-old baby

For most of his life Patrick FitzSymons, one of thousands of Irish children illegally given away for adoption over decades in Ireland, celebrated his (...)

One well-placed source warned:  “Get Dublin wrong and Diarmuid Martin’s formidable legacy will be set at nought. And rapidly.” Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Speculation that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is about to step down has intensified following a recent interview, which observers felt re(...)

John Curran had been working in Cape Town as an educational director for thousands of children in the city’s townships.

Hundreds of friends and colleagues of the late educator John Curran filed into the public theatre of Trinity College Dublin on Friday to pay tribute t(...)

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