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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 speaking to media in response to the findings of the Hiqa report into Tusla on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The litany of weaknesses and failings identified by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) in how the child protection agency Tusla handl(...)

 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(...)

The late Malak Thawley pictured with her husband Alan. Photograph: Facebook

The widower of a woman who died during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy says he should be joined as a notice party in a case being brought by the Nati(...)

Tusla chief executive Fred McBride says the organisation does not provide a consistent service to vulnerable children. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Tusla does not provide a consistent service to vulnerable children and does not always learn from its mistakes, its chief executive has admitted. How(...)

Eva Boyle, an inspector manager in Hiqa’s children’s team, told a press conference that investigators raised concerns about 10 cases within the sample of 164 closed cases to Tusla’s management for reopening. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

About one in seven open cases concerning child sexual abuse allegations against an adult in 2017 were still awaiting an initial assessment by Tusla, t(...)

Hiqa investigated the mishandling of a false allegation against Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The health watchdog has urged Tusla, the child and family agency, to take urgent action to address serious shortcomings in how it manages allegations (...)

Gardaí were called to the home on the night of the alleged incident. File photograph: Getty Images

Three separate investigations are under way into the alleged rape of a non-verbal woman in her 70s and the sexual assault of a second woman, in a nurs(...)

Hiqa said 19 of the 28 actions which arose from its previous inspection were found not to have been satisfactorily implemented. Photograph: iStock

Services provided at a residential centre for 38 people with disabilities in Dublin were “not safe” and failed to protect the residents from abuse, a (...)

Research by the Cochrane Review scientific network confirms that the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) is very effective in reducing cases of cervical cancer. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Vaccines designed to prevent infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) are effective in protecting against pre-cancerous cervical lesions in women, p(...)

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