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Service managers  are seeing an increase in severity of violence, reporting that women coming forward are increasingly the victims of vicious and violent physical attacks. Photograph: iStock

Calls to family support helplines surged after news broke on a Sunday night in October that an escalation to Level 5 of Living with Covid-19 was being(...)

Sr Helen Culhane, founder and director of the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick. “When children are bereaved, they feel their whole lives are out of control.” Photograph:  Arthur Ellis.

Children used to be excluded from funerals in the misguided belief that their absence would spare them some of the pain of bereavement. Families didn’(...)

The main parties don’t have a very high opinion of our aspirations. They think we’re lying when we claim to want a better society. How do we know this? Just follow the money. File photograph: Alan Betson

As we head into a general election we might ask ourselves three questions. What do we want? What do our political leaders think we want? And are the a(...)

The official monthly figures do not include rough sleepers and do not show the true extent of the homeless crisis, according to a spokesman for Simon Communities. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

The number of homeless people in the State continues to increase as the latest official figures show 10,397 people are currently living in emergency a(...)

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(...)

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