The Government’s special rapporteur on children, Dr Conor O’Mahony, says children placed in PFAs are in ‘a precarious position’ and a ‘legal twilight zone’

Tusla and the Department of Children have been urged to “expedite” commitments made eight years ago to address the “precarious” position of children i(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has published legislation that will allow adopted people access to their full birth certificate and other information for the first time. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Potentially thousands of people who were the subject of illegal adoptions will have rights of inheritance from both their birth parents and the people(...)

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  says many people  care for older relatives  and women are overrepresented among employees availing of reduced hours. Photograph: iStock

Discrimination against people – mainly women – with caring responsibilities must be explicitly prohibited, while greater protections are needed for tr(...)

There are about 5,800 children in State care, with just under 450 in residential care homes, and of these about 300 are in centres run by private providers

Tusla is to draw up a plan by this month on how to reduce its dependence on the private provision of residential care. It comes as new figures show(...)

In his ruling, the judge said the in-camera ruling in childcare matters shields the public at large from such cases and also ‘shrouds in secrecy’ the ‘often heroic efforts’ of the Child and Family Agency. File photograph: Getty

A judge’s concern about “no room at the inn” for a vulnerable autistic boy with serious behavioural problems led to him subpoenaing the secretary gene(...)

According to the IHREC poll, 87 per cent of people here agree that people with disabilities face barriers to participating fully in Irish society. Photograph: iStock

Almost nine in 10 people in the State believe employers should do more to accommodate employees with disabilities, according to a survey by Ireland’s (...)

Putting the child to bed and ‘singing’ came out as the top two activities most likely to be done by fathers alone. Photograph: iStock

“We are surprised that ‘children who have a good relationship with their father are happier’ is news in 2021.” This is the response by Dave Saunders,(...)

Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons, authors of the 2012 report. Photograph: Alan Betson

A landmark report into deaths of children in State care, published in 2012, found “systematic failures” were resulting in the most vulnerable young p(...)

The ESRI’s research was produced in partnership with the Department of Children and used data from the Growing Up in Ireland study. Photograph: iStock

Children who have a good relationship with their father are happier, feel less anxious and are more engaged in physical activity, according to new re(...)

Hundreds of Afghans who have already been approved to come here are struggling to get the paperwork needed to travel. File photograph: EPA

More than 200 Afghans granted visa waivers to come to Ireland have not yet made it here because of numerous barriers facing people trying to get out o(...)

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