Conor O Mahony

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Prof Conor O’Mahony,  State’s special rapporteur for child protection, says it is vital that every reasonable effort be made to fill in the blanks in the lives of as many as possible of those affected.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the issue of illegal adoption was “shocking” and said that those affected will be helped and supported. He was spe(...)

Dr Conor O’Mahony, in his first annual report, raises serious concerns about the potential of social workers to breach vulnerable parents’ rights.

The legislation underpinning Tusla’s investigations into child sex abuse (CSA) is “arguably unfit for purpose” and potentially “fails to protect child(...)

St John Ambulance: the organisation has been urged to review its child protection standards. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Abuse survivor organisations have called for a “complete review” of child protection standards in St John Ambulance, following revelations of past chi(...)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin says that he is well aware of the issues raised in an email he received at the weekend from children rights campaigner Louise O’Keeffe on foot of her successful action against the Irish state in the European Court of Human Rights in 2014. File photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has re-affirmed a commitment he made in opposition to set up an ex-gratia payment system for people who were sexually abused (...)

Louise O’Keeffe who was sexually abused by her teacher in a Co Cork primary school in the 1970s. Photograph: Collins

Children’s rights campaigner Louise O’Keeffe has called on both Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to deliver on promises to compensat(...)

The original report into how Tusla managed allegations of child sexual abuse was published in June 2018. The child and family agency has since been undertaking reforms. Photograph: Tom Honan

There has been “significant progress” on a range of reforms at Tusla, the child and family agency, following a damning 2018 report by the State health(...)

The Government has tasked its special rapporteur on child protection to examine calls for improved parental rights for LGBT families using surrogacy. File photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

The Government has tasked its special rapporteur on child protection to examine calls for improved parental rights for LGBT families using surrogacy a(...)

Louise O’Keeffe pictured after a Supreme Court hearing in 2009. Photo Garrett White / Collins Court

An apology from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “means nothing” if the State is going to continue to “split hairs” in its treatment of people who were sexually(...)

The committee heard from legal experts and children’s rights advocates. File photograph: Getty Images

The State is not in compliance with its constitutional obligation to ensure that the voices of children are heard in court cases concerning them, the (...)

  Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming, chairman of the PAC, insisted that what the committee intended to do was not unconstitutional. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

A former Attorney General has said expenditure by Áras an Uachtaráin should be open to examination by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) like other a(...)

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