A child in poverty is at higher risk of illness, obesity and premature death. Their education and mental health are and life prospects are profoundly affected. In other words, child poverty interacts closely with all major policy areas, from education and health to housing and local development. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

In an election season dominated by crises in housing and health, and against a background of deep uncertainty over Brexit, it can be tempting to think(...)

Security issues in the Circuit Family Court in Phoenix House were recently  exposed when a Circuit Court judge  was taken hostage along with a lawyer and client.

The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI) is to call for an urgent child sexual violence strategy as well as a special family law court when it appear(...)

If a more egalitarian housing system is to be introduced, the Government will have to modify its dependence on private developers. But there is little to suggest it is ready to make that transition. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A shortage of housing has become a rental crisis that is forcing families to choose between paying the rent and providing food for their children, acc(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the proposed grant would cost the exchquer €70 million a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Investment in affordable, regulated and high-quality childcare options for families is urgently needed rather than cash payments to grandparents, chil(...)

Child protection: Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is to meet the special rapporteur on child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, in the next week to discuss what c(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: will hear the views of young people at a conference in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On Monday Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone will hear calls to protect children on both sides of the border from poverty at a (...)

Minister for Children Dr Katherine Zappone said no child in the country should go hungry, live without a roof over their head or be locked up in an adult prison.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Child poverty is a “blight” that is preventing children from meeting their full potential and that drains families of spirit and hope, a conference ha(...)

Fr Peter McVerry said there are currently 1,700 children in emergency homeless accommodation, mostly in Dublin. Picture Nick Bradshaw

There could be 3,000 children homeless in Ireland by this time next year, campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has said. Speaking at the launch of the Childr(...)

The Minister for Justice  brought a number of powers included in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 into force this week, including one that will give single parents greater rights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Major changes to Ireland’s family law rules will mean some cases will take significantly longer to handle and will require more children to come befor(...)

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some victims of child abuse in the State are waiting up to 18 months to access appropriate supports, a gap that is “quite shocking”, campaigners for c(...)

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