Fergus Finlay

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The review would aim to improve how the law works, said the Minister. File photograph: Getty

Legislation allowing members of the public and journalists to access the records of State bodies and Government departments is to undergo a “comprehen(...)

Home for Good said a referendum would be an ‘important part’ of bringing about change. File photograph: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie

A new group has been established to campaign on constitutional issues relating to the right to a home, including a referendum on the issue. The group(...)

Barnardos chief executive Suzanne Connolly at the organisation’s Finglas centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Step through the front door of the Barnardos Finglas Family Support Project in north Dublin and the feeling of warmth is instant, not just in terms of(...)

Statistics show that consistent childhood poverty is most pronounced among single-parent and Traveller families. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Using the upcoming budget to end child poverty, as Barnardos suggests, may be too big a creative leap for the Government. But it would cost a relative(...)

Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay has said the incorrect registrations of births in adoption cases was an absolute scandal, but it was not a new one and should not come as a surprise. File photograph: Alan Betson

There may have been up to 15,000 illegal adoptions in Ireland where adoptive parents were registered as birth parents, Barnardos chief executive Fergu(...)

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay said people living in overcrowded situations were all too often missing from the debate about the housing crisis. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The “devastating” scale of the State’s housing crisis has been exposed by new figures, charities in the homelessness sector said on Thursday. Focus(...)

Social workers can  find it difficult to keep track of families that move repeatedly from one area to another.  File photograph: Getty Images

More social workers and more resources for social workers are needed to deal with child protection, the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) has(...)

Chief executive of children’s charity Barnardos Fergus Finlay: I have fundamental problems with people setting themselves up as childminders . . . completely outside any system of registration or inspection.”

If undercover investigations could be made into the unregulated area of childminding in the home similar problems to those uncovered in a television p(...)

MrJustice Michael White: “It is very difficult to get through to people who don’t see the other side of the argument, who reference life to themselves completely and don’t see the damage that is 
being caused.”

The experiences children go through during high-conflict family-breakdown proceedings amount in many cases to “emotional abuse of the children, nearly(...)