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Priests are taken ‘out of ministry’, meaning they cannot celebrate Mass or other sacraments, when they are facing statutory or canonical investigations into abuse allegations made against them.  Photograph: iStock

An Australian bishop refused to inform an Irish diocese about a priest suspended from ministry who was travelling to the diocese, correspondence from (...)

Health Information and Quality Authority report on  Gleann Alainn said “inspectors found that An Garda Síochána had been called by members of the staff team to manage children’s behaviour which resulted in children being pepper sprayed and or handcuffed”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Children were handcuffed and pepper sprayed by gardaí during violent incidents at a special care unit run by the child and family agency Tusla in Cork(...)

A social worker gave evidence of a history of serious concerns about the home situation. One child was missing for four days without gardaí being notified and the mother also spoke of “demons” and her entitlement to beat the children.

A baby boy  was just a day old when he was forcibly removed from his breastfeeding mother at a maternity hospital by gardaí and social workers on(...)

The High Court heard the teacher  also denies slapping the student’s bottom.

A teacher who denies he said to a female pupil: “Call me tonight at 10.30, I have the house to myself”, has been given permission by the High Court to(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said of One House: “This new approach is aimed at ensuring children are not retraumatised by having to recount the details of their ordeal a number of times to different people.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A pilot project to co-ordinate supports for children in a single place who have been sexually abused is to open in Galway early next year. Minister f(...)

Homelessness figures published last week showed 9,698 people, including 3,829 children, were in emergency accommodation in September.

More than 120 child protection and welfare reports were made to the State’s child and family agency Tusla in two months, over homeless families left w(...)

Mr Justice  Charleton  didn’t hold back in his opinion of Tusla’s filing system. In fact, it could not be dignified by calling it a system, he said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Buried within the 406 pages and 230,000 words of the Disclosures Tribunal report is a section called “Measuring the Pressure”, which describes a syste(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone was reacting to the damning report by Mr Justice Peter Charleton.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has offered a “sincere apology” to Sgt Maurice McCabe and his family, saying that its handling of false allegation(...)

Mr Justice Charleton accepted evidence by HSE staff member Laura Brophy about how she made the mistake and called it an ‘horrendous coincidence’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

If Tusla had owned up to mistakenly accusing garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe of rape, there would likely have been no need for the Disclosures (...)

A review of some of the episodes showed that centre staff followed the correct missing-from-care procedures.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí were notified more than 100 times in 12 months of unauthorised absences by children accommodated in a Tusla care centre in the south of the cou(...)

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