Barrister Anne O’Meara, who was one of the 126 people adopted through St Patrick’s Guild agency where children were given false birth certificates that did not record their adoption. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anne O’Meara always knew she was adopted. It was only when she happened to catch a TV news bulletin last year that questions around her origins began (...)

Assistant Commissioner of the Dublin Metropolitan Region Pat Leahy  and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Youth crime is a major problem in Ireland, with roughly one in every 10 offences  committed by children. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

At first glance the infamous “French Connection” drug trafficking ring of the 1970s appears to have little to teach us about how to handle juvenile de(...)

An ongoing review of historic abuse has now uncovered 317 alleged victims of child sex abuse, and 212 perpetrators alleged to have abused children in the organisation

Scouting Ireland is considering a range of emergency financial measures, including the sale of scout dens, to meet the cost of a deepening historic ch(...)

Trish Reilly Nolan pictured with her son Alex  near their home in Athlone. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon.

Traveller and other disadvantaged children are being denied their education by having their hours at school restricted, protestors outside the Departm(...)

The Cottage Home  child and family service in Shankill sold its Tivoli Road building in Dún Laoghaire and the proceeds have funded the service up to now.

A south Dublin service for vulnerable families, which says it has kept children from going into State care, will close in coming months unless it can (...)

Max Woods and Emily Moore from Kildare in the Junior Infants class for their first day of school at the Kildare Town Educate Together National School in Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parents are increasingly waiting until their children turn five before starting primary school, latest figures show, which means that many will not le(...)

Jasmine Mooney: ‘I want to settle and have a bit of stability. My life, it feels like it’s on hold.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A growing number of young people are leaving State care and becoming homeless, according to one of the leading charities working in the area. Focus I(...)

New Department of Health headquarters leased from businessman Larry Goodman in December 2016 lay empty for 17 months at a cost to the State of €15.8 million, the Comptroller & Auditor General’s report has found.

New Department of Health headquarters leased in December 2016 lay empty for 17 months at a cost to the State of €15.8 million. Delays in relocating (...)

Fred McBride, chief executive of Tusla, describes child protection as the “hardest shift” in social work and has called for higher pay for Tusla’s social workers. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Earlier this month Tusla’s chief executive, Fred McBride, wrote to his 1,500 social workers warning of a coming “storm” – a report from the Health Inf(...)

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said the report made for “difficult reading”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Systems failures within the State’s child protection agency is leading to the mishandling of child sex abuse allegations and leaving vulnerable childr(...)

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