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Fianna Fáil has said it  decided against implementing a rent freeze if elected after legal advice to the party stated that such a proposal would be unconstitutional. Photograph: Getty Images

A new advocacy group launched on Wednesday will put pressure on politicians to commit to a referendum on inserting the right to a home into the Consti(...)

Patrick FitzSymons as a one-year-old baby

For most of his life Patrick FitzSymons, one of thousands of Irish children illegally given away for adoption over decades in Ireland, celebrated his (...)

Barnardos said that children who don’t get the correct services in time are far more likely to ‘engage in risky behaviour’. File photograph: Getty Images

The needs of the most vulnerable children in Ireland are not being met because they are “too difficult to think about”, the new chief executive of chi(...)

Barnardos chief executive Suzanne Connolly: ‘We will continue to lobby to ensure that vulnerable children receive the services they need.’

Children’s charity Barnardos, which has advocated for children’s rights for more than a decade, is closing its campaigning department causing “shock a(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly put forward the amendment.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to consider appointing a person with clinical expertise to the new board of the HSE, which would be a significant (...)

The Government last autumn appointed Ciarán Devane, chief executive of the British Council, to chair the HSE board.

The Government may have to change the composition of the planned new board of the HSE, even though it has already appointed the members. Fianna Fail (...)

Two patient advocates and former Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay are among eight people appointed to the board of the HSE. Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

Two patient advocates and former Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay are among eight people appointed to the board of the HSE by Minister for Heal(...)

The fire took place at 2am on Friday morning at Lakers Social and Recreational Club. Photograph: Simon Harris/Twitter

A club for people with special needs in Bray, Co Wicklow, has been closed until further notice following a fire. The fire took place at 2am on Frida(...)

Fergus Finlay is set to retire after 13 years as chief executive of children’s charity, Bernardos Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

Ireland is no “Republic of opportunity” for tens of thousands of children trapped in poverty, the outgoing chief executive of children’s charity Barna(...)

Pictured (from left) Daisy O’Connor (6); Fergus Finlay, Barnardos CEO and  Patrick Regan (6). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government inaction means parents are once again being forced to subsidise an “underfunded education system” with the number of schools asking for a s(...)

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