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An ESRI report published in January found 21 per cent of lone parent families in consistent poverty compared with 6 per cent of families with two parents. File photograph: Getty Images

How lone parents are treated in the budget will be a test of the Government’s commitment to gender equality, organisations and individuals advocating (...)

Kyna Rushe, special educational needs  co-ordinator at Naul National School, Naul, Co. Dublin, with left-handed students Alannah, Róisín, Aaron, JP, Heather, Harry and Jack. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Ciotóg, claw hand, wrong hand – historically left-handedness was seen as a curse. The word “left” has long been associated with wrongness or devianc(...)

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It is “inevitable” there will eventually be a “car crash” where a suitable care place could not be found for a disturbed young person, the High Court (...)

The Amazon logo and stock price information   at the Nasdaq market site in New York on  September 4th, the day Amazon  became a trillion dollar company. Photograph:   Reuters

What do you make of the news in the past few weeks that we now have not one but two international US tech companies with market capitalisations excee(...)

Latest WHO report shows most European countries are on track to reach Health 2020 inititiative targets Photograph: iStock

Smoking, drinking, obesity and “under-vaccination” are hindering progress in the field of health in some European countries but there has been a susta(...)

Nigel Coen and Julie Meehan with their daughters Amie  (4)  and Clarion Coen (7), with the school’s co-founders Maura Duignan and Gayle Nagle at Sligo Sudbury School. Photograph: James Connolly

As thousands of children settle back into classrooms under the watchful eye of their teachers, students at a new school in rural Co Sligo will be free(...)

Fianna Fáil has called on Minister of State for Mental Health to ‘get to the root of the problem’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s failure to adequately resource and implement its Child and Adolescent Mental Service (CAMHS) “will be a stain on its legacy,” Fianna Fáil’(...)

Colourised: one of Alfred Eisenstaedt's photographs of a couple in Times Square in New York in 1945, from The Colour of Time. Original photograph: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life/Getty

Swipe your phone, gaze at a 42in plasma screen, or just look at packaging for children’s toys, or the interior of a McDonald’s. We live and breat(...)

Sacred Heart of Jesus by Vittorio Bianchini 1797-1880.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks it cannot have escaped your attention that Pope Francis is here, now, on an official v(...)

The Survivors of Child Abuse  group  called on Pope Francis to “repatriate all assets” of abusive religious orders   to the State. Photograph:   Max Rossi/Reuters

The Survivors of Child Abuse (Soca) group has called on Pope Francis to “repatriate all assets” of abusive religious orders in the Republic to the Sta(...)

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