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Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: announced an ambitious rationalisation plan that promised the merger, abolition, or restructuring of almost 100 State agencies or offices. Photograph: Frank Miller

The line adopted by both parties in the run-up to the 2011 general election was unashamedly populist. They each argued there were hundreds of S(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said the new law aims to make best safeguarding practice the “cultural norm” for anyone working with children. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The publication of the long-awaited Children First Bill was broadly welcomed today but some campaign groups and opposition members voiced conce(...)

Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children: said her office should not have to investigate same issues over and over again.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Repeated failures to protect children in care who are at risk of sexual exploitation, and continuous failures to allocate soci(...)

Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: “The legislation gives the inspectorate new powers to be used before the stage of prosecution. We have brought in a range of pre-prosecution actions which empowers them much more.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Child safety, management and staffing and record-keeping have been identified as ongoing areas of “particular(...)

 Minister for Education  Ruairí Quinn has promised “a fair and reasonable outcome” for those involved in school child abuse cases. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has promised “a fair and reasonable outcome” for those involved in school child abuse cases.At the weekly cabinet (...)

Enda Kenny at the launch of the Child and Family Agency in Dublin Castle. He said the reforms would bring new cohesion and convictions to the task of protecting young people at risk.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the new Child and Family Agency provides a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to reform child protection and welfare servi(...)

Louise O’Keeffe: won a landmark legal challenge against the Irish State this week

Louise O’Keeffe has accepted an apology made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the abuse she experienced as a schoogirl, and has called on the Government to(...)

At least 200 social work posts are vacant despite significant increases in the number of reports of children at risk of abuse or neglect, new figures (...)

A great deal has changed since Louise O’Keeffe and many other children were sexually abused while attending national school in the 1970s. Public aware(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald: “I think politics is always full of change.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Given that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has already said a Cabinet reshuffle is on the way next year, you would expect Ministers to insist they are busy in th(...)

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