Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon says there does not appear to be clear timelines in place for bringing an end to the practices of emergency and self-accomodation.

Some family hubs are merely “glorified hotels” with additional washing and cooking facilities, the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon has said (...)

Is there any regulation on selling mobile phones to children and, more especially, mobile phones that cost the same as my first car? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

“I am having trouble with a local mobile phone shop,” starts a mail from a reader called Erris who told us she was sending the mail with a tear in her(...)

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone: “I am tired of listening to colleagues in the Seanad and elsewhere saying ‘they’re just fat’ and ‘if they eat less they won’t be fat’.” File photograph: Getty Images

Clinically obese Irish children are waiting 2½ years for specialist treatment and “urgently require” more timely access, doctors have said. The W82G(...)

Ronan McGreevy None of the recommendations made by a Government-appointed group on internet safety have been implemented four years on, according to(...)

The Affordable Childcare Scheme was announced in last year’s budget. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images.

A tender document for a delayed information technology system to administer the Government’s Affordable Childcare Scheme is 1,000 pages long, Minister(...)

Existing provisions in Irish legislation outlawing online harassment are insufficient, says Prof Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: iStock

Internet safety should be made a mandatory subject in Irish primary schools and should even be introduced to creches, the Special Rapporteur on Child (...)

Managing children’s internet access: CyberSafeIreland chief executive Alex Cooney said,  “The answer lies in education, not prohibition.” Photograph: iStock

Proposed measures to fine parents and retailers if they allow children unrestricted access to the internet are unworkable, organisations and online s(...)

Fine Gael TD Jim Daly: proposed legislation “will force parents to take responsibility for their children’s access to internet”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Parents should be fined for allowing their children to own mobile phones with unrestricted access to the internet, a Fine Gael TD has suggested. Jim(...)

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward said Ireland was still lagging behind the European average of 19 months’ paid parental leave, despite the recent introduction of two weeks’ paternity leave on top of existing maternity entitlements. File photograph: iStockPhoto

A long-awaited State strategy to deal with issues such as childcare subsidies, pre-schooling and parental leave will be delivered within months, a Fin(...)

There is an expectation that a young person in a relationship will take photographs of themselves and send it to their partner, the IPSCC has   told the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs. Photograph: Getty

Sexting is now the norm rather than the exception among young people, an Oireachtas committee has been told. Caroline O’Sullivan, director of servic(...)