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The man, representing himself, told Judge Máire Conneely the protection order was sought three weeks after he sought access to the baby. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A father and mother are locked in a court battle over the man’s access to their intellectually disabled baby who is due to have major surgery. The ca(...)

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, former UN special rapporteur, tells Oireachtas committee it must ensure women in poorer countries are not exploited. Photograph: iStock

Stringent safeguards must be incorporated into any legislation governing surrogacy to ensure babies are not being bought and sold, an international ex(...)

It is now expected that between 31,000 and 33,000 people will have sought accommodation in the State by the end of June. Photograph: Omar Marques

The flow of refugees from Ukraine has picked up again after a decline over the Easter period, Cabinet has been told. A Government spokesman said on T(...)

Dr Niall Muldoon received 2,012 complaints at  the Ombudsman for Children’s Office last year – a ‘significant rise’ of 79 per cent on the 1,187 in 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Ombudsman for Children will raise “serious concerns” about inadequate services for children who have suffered trauma through abuse or neglect. I(...)

Families who received  intervention had fewer child behavioural and emotional problems at follow-up sessions six months later, the study shows. Photograph: iStock

Almost a quarter of all Irish families have a parent who has suffered mental health issues, according to researchers seeking greater consideration of (...)

A computer generated impression of the new National Maternity Hospital.

Political Correspondent The owners of the proposed site for the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) have argued that having two landowners and two(...)

Government Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Prof Conor O’Mahony says he ‘would rather see this Bill coming back around next year than being enacted in its current form’. Photograph: iStock

The three-month timeline for the Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy to consider and make recommendations on measures to address the issue(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘I’ve heard what survivor groups and victims have said.’ Photograph: Damien Storan

The Taoiseach has said he is “more than willing” to offer a State apology in the Dáil to people who had their births registered illegally. It comes a(...)

It is estimated that up to 20,000 adoption records could potentially relate to cases of illegal birth registration. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government appointed Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Prof Conor O’Mahony has said that the Taoiseach should offer an apology to people aff(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said he believes it is ‘timely to acknowledge the anguish experienced by those who have been affected by illegal birth registration.’ Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The Government has apologised to people impacted by the illegal registration of births with the practice described as a “historic wrong with deep and (...)

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