Patricia Carey, chief executive of the Adoption Authority of Ireland:  the authority is hopeful the Bill will be passed soon. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

There were 65 cases last year where birth mothers had to adopt their own children, new figures show. Data from the Adoptions Authority of Ireland An(...)

Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon: “It’s important that Tusla operates in a way that protects the child rather than the system.”

Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon does not mince his words when expressing his concern about the child and family agency, Tusla. “I have said on (...)

A shrine at a former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. The Government has said it ‘not possible’ to reopen the 2002 redress scheme. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The Government has said it “not possible” to implement a recommendation to reopen the 2002 redress scheme in order to compensate survivors of institut(...)

There are 1,985 open cases of historic abuse, the highest number (345) in Cork.

A total of 871 cases of alleged historical child sex abuse have yet to be allocated to a social worker, figures seen by The Irish Times show. The la(...)

Children in pre-schools are used to a teacher/pupil ratio of one to 11; at primary level, this leaps up to about one teacher for 28 pupils. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

For years, the vast majority of parents were happy to send their offspring to “big school” at four years of age. However, the latest figures confirm a(...)

Children may now avail of the free preschool scheme from the ages of three up to five-and-a-half:  Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Parents are increasingly waiting until their children turn five before starting primary school, new figures show. The introduction and expansion of t(...)

Engineers using ground-penetrating radar at the site of a mass grave of  children at the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph from 2014: Aidan Crawley/EPA

What has been discovered in Tuam? Last Friday, the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes announced that “significant” quantities of (...)

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was barely 6am when Katherine Zappone’s phone began flashing and buzzing with the incoming call. The first light before dawn was still nearly an ho(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny leaving RTÉ in Donnybrook, Dublin, on Sunday afternoon. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

It will come as no great surprise that this Government does not act as a collective body. That has been greatly exposed this week with the treatment (...)

 Sgt Maurice McCabe. File photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe and his family are devastated by the latest claims against him and want to know “when this will end”, his solic(...)

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