Conor O Mahony

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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(...)

Victims are not eligible for compensation if they were an abuser’s first victim or if the abuser’s other victims had declined to come forward for whatever reason.

The Ombudsman for Children and the State’s human rights watchdog have urged the Government to greatly expand the redress scheme for children abused in(...)

Abortion Referendum posters on a pedestrian bridge on the Stillorgan Road in 2002. Photograph: David Sleator

Holding multiple referendums on the same day could see many individual proposals getting little or no attention, a leading political scientist has war(...)

Joe Costello: in seeking an extra TD in his Dublin Central consistency, he is raising potential constitutional  problems. Photograph: Collins Courts

A High Court action being taken by former Labour Party TD Joe Costello seeking to increase the number of members in the next Dáil has little chance of(...)

Group assessments and projects are  growing in importance at Ireland’s third-level institutions. Photograph: iStockphoto
The new way of learning

Students sitting their Leaving Cert next June may not have noticed, but college courses and entry routes have been changing radically in recent years.(...)

Ian Drennan, Director of Corporate Enforcement,  said the entire process had been “nothing short of a disgrace”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement took almost three years to hire six senior accountants. At one stage, ODCE boss Ian Drennan said the (...)

The study was undertaken by academics from   University College Cork, who interviewed 67 professionals, including social workers and managers in Tusla, court-appointed guardians, solicitors, judges and barristers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Social workers feel they are left to “carry the can” for decisions made by courts and take the ultimate public blame when the system fails to protect (...)

‘Some Catholic bodies have queried the extent of the issues surrounding the Baptism barrier, but said they were open to ideas to ensure local children have access to schools.’

Where was the Catholic Church backlash against proposals to remove the “Baptism barrier” from the education system? Members of the clergy have resist(...)

‘Equate . . . is working to make sure that no child is discriminated against because of their religion.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Recently, the Taoiseach was asked in the Dáil if the State would remove the so-called “baptism barrier” that legally permits schools under the patrona(...)

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