Dr Catherine Day, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality, addressing the opening session at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gender could be the reason for barriers and constraints in Ireland, former secretary-general of the European Commission Dr Catherine Day said in Dubli(...)

Dillon Nolan, social work masters student at Maynooth University was among those attending  Focus Ireland’s Ending Youth Homelessness conference in the RDS,  Dublin on Thursday. Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Youth homelessness is exacerbated, not solved, by current emergency services, a conference in Dublin has been told. Speaking on Thursday in the RDS a(...)

Parents worry that if they start talking about anything relating to sexuality, they’re going to have to go the whole way. Whereas in fact, children’s curiosity about some particular aspect is often quickly sated. Photograph: iStock

Most parents aspire to raise children to be knowledgeable and comfortable about their bodies and sexuality by the time they approach adulthood. That’s(...)

Tusla figures show that 60% of reports are closed after preliminary screening and before initial assessment, and of the remainder 54% are subsequently closed. Photograph: Getty Images

The Children First Act 2017, which will be fully commenced on December 11th, 2017, will be claimed by the Government as landmark legislation. It is pa(...)

Twenty-three citizens voted that socio-economic reasons should never be grounds for abortion, four preferred not to state an opinion, and 60 members, or over 68 per cent, voted that this be recommended as a reason. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Justice Mary Laffoy and the Citizens’ Assembly have done the State some service in terms of determining future approaches in law on abortion - and the(...)

Research shows that as mothers delay having children they are keen on having the best of both worlds: work and motherhood. It does not have to be one or the other

Childcare provision has been on the agenda since the report of the Second Commission on the Status of Women (1993). The Equal Opportunities Childcare (...)

Whatever shape our new government takes, most if not all our newly elected politicians agree that housing is a critical issue that must be tackled as(...)

A social housing scheme in Dublin: Tenants will be able to buy at up to a 60 per cent discount

A year ago Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly launched Social Housing Strategy 2020, which aims to deliver 35,000 new social-housing homes over s(...)

It is easy to spot the potential for a greater application of evidence-based policy-making

Academic researchers play a crucial role in helping society fully understand its past, analyse its present and weigh up its future, but when it com(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said the report had political implications on how matters should be inquired into in the future.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There is “recommendation fatigue” following a succession of inquiries relating to child protection issues, a new study has found. Research by T(...)