Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness chaired the Voice of the Child conference in Dublin today, which examined aspects of the law in relation to children and how the legal system deals with child sexual abuse cases. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The adversarial nature of the criminal justice process is unsuited to dealing with sensitive issues like child sexual abuse, a conference on ch(...)

An independent inspection of the HSE’s child protection services has found serious failures regarding the handling of reports over suspect abus(...)

Ombudsman Emily Reilly said she intended to report the HSE’s ’obstruction’ of her investigation to the Oireachtas. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive is to pay total compensation of €168,000 to two women after it failed to provide them with nursing home care on th(...)

 Minister for Health James O’Reilly

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has opened up the possibility of having some form of childr(...)

Health authorities are failing to assess the needs of hundreds of children with suspected disabilities within legal time limit(...)

Cloverhill Prison in west Dublin has a capacity of 431 held  but held over 500 inmates at times last year, according to Prison Visiting Committee reports published today. Photograph: Collins.

Overcrowding, staffing levels and the presence of tuberculosis (TB) are among concerns raised by visiting committees to three prisons in 2012, (...)

In private correspondence, Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch said the HSE’s target for the recruitment of mental health specialist posts was too late and would result in many of the posts not being filled this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health Service Executive managers removed target dates for recruitment of mental health staff from the executive’s service pla(...)

The group of three doctors who will make an assessment of suicide ideation will comprise an obstetrician and two psychiatrists.

What strikes the reader first is the title. Gone is the ‘Protection of Maternal Life Bill’ mentioned on the Government’s legislative schedule e(...)

In the horse meat scandal and others, the buck should have stopped somewhere; someone was responsible. Photographer: Mario Proenca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Once again, this time in the case of the death of Savita Halappanavar, a “systems failure” has been put forward to explain shortcomings in her trea(...)

In High Court proceedings, the girl’s mother said she had researched anti-psychotic drugs and was very concerned by medical evidence showing side-effects

A 16-year-old girl being treated in a Health Service Executive adolescent psychiatric unit is to continue on anti-psychotic me(...)

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