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‘The first 12 months of a child’s life is a particularly vulnerable time in terms of both of physical and psychological development.’ Photograph: iStock

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, obtained more emergency care orders for babies aged less than 12 months old than for any other age category among (...)

 Arising out of the woman’s refusal to comply with orders granting the receiver possession of the property she was jailed for contempt last May. She was released from Mountjoy Prison in late August after giving undertakings she and her children would vacate the property.

A woman and her former partner have broken back into and re-occupied their former south Dublin residence, forcing the new owner and his tenants onto t(...)

Geoffrey  Shannon said more is required in domestic violence legislation to take into account the impact of such violence in households on children.  File photograph: iStock

Children should be given powers to make their own court applications relating to issues of domestic violence without having to rely on their parents, (...)

A High Court judge has overturned an emergency care order under which a day-old baby was forcibly removed from his mother at a maternity hospital due (...)

Barry O’Donnell SC, for the Child and Family Agency, described the case as perplexing.

A man whose newborn son remains in interim care after being forcibly removed from his breastfeeding mother in a maternity hospital has argued the “dra(...)

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds has directed that her judgment outlining her concerns at the lack of placements for vulnerable children should be provided to the Department of Health so the issues can be drawn to the “urgent attention” of the Minister.

A High Court judge has said it is “alarming” and “incomprehensible”, given “unprecedented” demand for special care places for vulnerable children, tha(...)

The woman claims the forcible removal earlier this month of the day-old infant, breaches their personal and family rights under the Constitution and European Convention on Human Rights.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

A breastfeeding mother said she experienced “torture” when social workers and gardaí entered her hospital room and forcibly removed her newborn child,(...)

A social worker gave evidence of a history of serious concerns about the home situation. One child was missing for four days without gardaí being notified and the mother also spoke of “demons” and her entitlement to beat the children.

A baby boy  was just a day old when he was forcibly removed from his breastfeeding mother at a maternity hospital by gardaí and social workers on(...)

The High Court heard the teacher  also denies slapping the student’s bottom.

A teacher who denies he said to a female pupil: “Call me tonight at 10.30, I have the house to myself”, has been given permission by the High Court to(...)

From left: Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe; Supt Dave Taylor; former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan; former Garda commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan; Mr Justice Peter Charleton. File photographs: The Irish Times

Maurice McCabe Maurice McCabe was the station sergeant in Balieborough, Co Cavan, in 2012 when he, along with fellow whistleblower John Wilson, made (...)

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