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Safeguarding expert Ian Elliott, who has been conducting the review into past abuse in the Scouting Ireland, said he expected the number of known victims to increase ‘quite considerably’.

A historic review of Scouting Ireland’s records has uncovered evidence of 108 alleged child sex abuse victims, and 71 alleged abusers believed to have(...)

Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on children Anne Rabbitte said  the Sale of Illicit Goods Bill would put the onus back on adults for child protection.

Children are being used as “mules” in the sale of illegal alcohol and cigarettes and a Bill to combat smuggling aims to put the responsibility back on(...)

Pope Francis shaking hands with Katherine Zappone, at Aras an Uachtarain as part of his visit to Ireland in August. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Government has not yet received a reply from Pope Francis to a request that the Catholic Church contribute to the cost of reparation at the former(...)

Passenger use on the controversial Limerick-Galway rail route has increased by 57 per cent over the past seven years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Passenger use on the controversial Limerick-Galway rail route has increased by 57 per cent over the past seven years, and by 288 per cent on the route(...)

Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on children and youth affairs Anne Rabbitte: latest waiting list figures are a “damning indictment” of Minister for Health Simon Harris’s record in office.

More than, 2,000 children have been waiting for more than a year to see a heart specialist, with more than half of those waiting for over 18 months. (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth said it was “quite insulting being asked for a sick cert, not acknowledging a basic human right of having a baby”. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pregnant members of the Oireachtas have to provide a “sick cert” to get time off to have their baby, the Dáil has heard. Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth s(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris is assessing if services provided under the Maternity and Infant Scheme can be expanded to women who may require an abortion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is considering covering the cost of care for women seeking a termination of their pregnancy. Minister for Health Simon Harris is asses(...)

Former  minister for finance Michael Noonan who had not declared his position: “We’ll see what is in the Bill but my general disposition would be to support what is being proposed by the Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Many TDs who were previously opposed to the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion now say they will vote for it, a survey by The Irish Times h(...)

Ballot boxes are emptied as vote counting takes place after the Irish abortion referendum, at the RDS Conference centre in Dublin on May 26th, 2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland has voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution. On Friday night the result became clear when an exit poll carried ou(...)

Campaigners gather in the main square at Dublin Castle as they wait for the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland has voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which bans abortion, by an overwhelming majority. The Yes side won the referendu(...)

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