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Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is supporting internet safety programmes for children even as his group is fined over alleged child data privacy breaches. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

Knowing how to stay safe on the internet is a priority for everyone. That is even more the case for children, digital natives who run the risk of taki(...)

A breakdown of the children supported by Barnardos last year show that the bulk were aged between six and 12. Photograph: iStock

The children’s charity Barnardos has warned that record demand for support from vulnerable children is resulting in growing waiting lists for vital se(...)

Mari Gallagher and her daughter Tanya at their home in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Laura Hutton

As a child growing up, Tanya Gallagher always thought her parents in Kazakhstan had given her up for adoption because they didn’t love her. “I was na(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “I think it’s really fantastic that women like herself have the courage to come into the public where the State must face them.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State must face up to how women like former garda Majella Moynihan were treated, and make reparations for the “terrible aspects of our past,” Mini(...)

Home for Good said a referendum would be an ‘important part’ of bringing about change. File photograph: Laura Hutton/

A new group has been established to campaign on constitutional issues relating to the right to a home, including a referendum on the issue. The group(...)

Barnardos chief executive Suzanne Connolly at the organisation’s Finglas centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Step through the front door of the Barnardos Finglas Family Support Project in north Dublin and the feeling of warmth is instant, not just in terms of(...)

Statistics show that consistent childhood poverty is most pronounced among single-parent and Traveller families. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Using the upcoming budget to end child poverty, as Barnardos suggests, may be too big a creative leap for the Government. But it would cost a relative(...)

Fergus Finlay is set to retire after 13 years as chief executive of children’s charity, Bernardos Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

Ireland is no “Republic of opportunity” for tens of thousands of children trapped in poverty, the outgoing chief executive of children’s charity Barna(...)

Early education is theoretically “free” in this State, but parents have to pay for schoolbooks and materials, along with uniforms and footwear. Limited, special allowances are available to poorer families but “voluntary” school contributions and educational trips add to financial pressure. File photograph: Getty Images

Anything that makes education harder to access for families under financial pressure should receive urgent Government attention. Unfortunately, that h(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the level of homelessness remained “a challenge”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of homeless people in the State fell slightly in March compared with the previous month. However, significantly more adults and children (...)

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