A clinical psychologist told a District Court child care hearing he was not surprised there would be no prosecution for sexual abuse, because the veracity of the child’s evidence had been undermined in garda interviews. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Seven men who allegedly sexually abused a child were not prosecuted because of the manner in which interviews with the child were carried out by garda(...)

Letterkenny District Court saw a total of 1,117 applications related to childcare, more than any other town. These included almost 450 full care order applications, normally made to keep children in the care of the State until adulthood.

More emergency applications to take children into care were made in Letterkenny last year than in any other town in the country, according to data re(...)

Dr Conor O’Mahony, a senior lecturer in Constitutional law and child law at University College Cork said “some judges are much quicker to make orders than others and some are potentially a bit too quick”. Image: screengrab via Youtube

Some judges are too quick to make orders putting children into the care of the Child and Family Agency, the co-author of a new study of child care pro(...)

The case is one of 26 childcare cases due for publication, bringing to 101 the number published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project. Photograph: Getty Images/Comstock Images

Two children were ordered to be returned to their parents after years in interim care and “inordinate, inexcusable and entirely unacceptable” delays i(...)

Of 486 cases analysed in a report, parents in almost 27 per cent  were not legally represented.

Ensuring the court’s timetable in child care cases is “attuned to that of the child” is “extremely important and deserves priority”, the president of (...)

Alcohol abuse, drug abuse and mental illness feature in many of the cases published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project today.The latest tranche o(...)