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Extern  works with at-risk children, provides addiction and homelessness services, and runs Garda youth diversion projects.  Photograph: Alan Betson

A man who sexually abused a vulnerable juvenile in youth work charity Extern two years ago was hired despite a previous conviction for aggravated assa(...)

The registered head office of charity Extern  in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

During an introductory meeting in August last year, the new interim chief executive of Extern, a charity which works with vulnerable young people in t(...)

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(...)