Wedding day: Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan at Dublin City Hall on January 22nd, 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ann Louise Gilligan Born: July 27th, 1945 Died: June 15th, 2017 A gentle radical whose elegance, sensitivity and deep spirituality were matched by he(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Photograph: Alan Betson

Standing in the gym of Dunblane Primary School on March 13th, 1996, where a lone gunman had opened fire on a class of five- and six-year-old children,(...)

Denis Naughten TD has consistently highlighted the issue of linking child benefit with children’s school attendance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection writes 600,000 “unnecessary” letters to parents to confirm their children are in school, replicating the work of a(...)

Pauline O’Reilly with her children Finn (6) and Caragh (3) at their home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Mum, I don’t want to go to school!” We’ve all heard it at some stage. However, when Pauline O’Reilly’s young son Finn made the announcement, s(...)

Children must be protected. And now we have moved from a ritual dance of shock and dismay to concerted action. Photograph: Eric Luke

Since 1980, we have had 29 major inquiries and reviews on child protection failings in Ireland. Each was motivated by the desire to get to the wider t(...)

Child protection disparity

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald spoke of child protection failures under the HSE as “including inconsistency and fragmentat(...)

The past 15 years have seen important additions to the legal framework in the area of education

Historically, Ireland has produced very little legislation in the area of education. The past 15 years have, however, seen important additions to the (...)

Judge told truant’s parents: “He is doing much better. The better he does, the more it improves the situation going forward”

A 15-year-old boy is now attending school regularly ever since a judge warned him last month that he would keep jailing his parents until he we(...)

Eddie O'Neill and Monica O'Connor with their children Oisín O'Neill (19), Emmett O'Connor (17), Oran O'Neill (12), Elva O'Neill (9) and Eamonn O'Connor (5). Photograph: Mary Browne

A Co Carlow couple who are being pursued by the National Education Welfare Board have said they will fight for their right to continue home edu(...)