Christian Aid Ireland says that profit generated in Ghana, for example, is moved to Ireland, leaving the African nation with less money to spend on services for children. File photograph: Getty

The United Nations is to examine whether Irish policies contribute to tax abuse by companies that harms children’s rights in other countries. Campai(...)

The increase in the weekly allowance for asylum seekers in direct provision came nearly six months after Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announced that the stipend would go up. Photograph: Alan Betson

A senior Department of Justice official strongly disagreed with the proposed increase to direct provision payments in last year’s budget, documents sh(...)

Former president Mary McAleese  will take part in a public conversation with renowned American Benedictine nun Sr Joan Chittister at Trinity College Dublin in November. File photograph: Naoise Culhane

Former president Mary McAleese is to be presented with one of the most prestigious prizes in the Catholic world for her 500,000-word doctoral thesis o(...)

There are no more powerful institutions in Ireland than the school management bodies and our teachers’ union. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

My child’s fourth-class teacher seems to be going through a tough time, which is adversely affecting both the quality of her teaching and her attendan(...)

Michael Barron,  of Equate, with Richard Bruton, Minister for Education, at an event earlier this year. Mr Barron says more needs to be done to ensure children are treated equally in our school system. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Equate was set up in October 2015 as a time-limited catalyst organisation with a mission to further equality in education. We worked towards an inclus(...)

Catholic school managers say it is “over-prescriptive” to have to set out details of arrangements for students who do not wish to attend religious instruction.

Campaigners are calling for children who “opt out” of religious instruction classes to have their rights properly respected. The issue has emerged as(...)

Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon says the issue of children of no faith, or a different faith, being ‘exposed to religious influence’ in Catholic state-funded schools must still be addressed. Photograph: Eric Luke

Serious legal questions remain unanswered regarding the Government’s proposal to end the “Baptism barrier” for Catholic school admissions, Fianna Fáil(...)

The Circle at St Patrick’s Institution, North Circular Road, Dublin.

For years there have been demands for St Patrick’s Institution to close its doors. Drawing heavy criticism both domestically and abroad, its decommiss(...)

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: last month she said seven young men were  in Wheatfield Place prison. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is to issue a ministerial order to end the detention of young offenders in adult prisons. Ms Zappone is to se(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone at Leinster House  in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has taken note of a judgment by a High Court judge last month that the rights of the unborn extend beyond the right to life, Minister f(...)

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