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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(...)

The Internet Safety Advisory Committee, which was established by the Department of Justice in 2009, is responsible for advising the department on issues relating to online safety, particularly in regard to children. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The Garda has attended a government committee to combat online child abuse just four times in five years. The Internet Safety Advisory Committee, whi(...)

“We know the parent-child relationship is the biggest factor in facilitating positive emotional development in children,” says Fergus Finlay of Barnardos. Photograph: Kane Skennar/Getty

Almost half of parents find spending enough time with their children their “biggest challenge”, with almost all saying they feel “overwhelmed at times(...)

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of Ireland wants legislation to prevent ISPs being exposed to liability for mistakenly blocking legal websites.

A Garda initiative to block online child sex abuse material has received the co-operation of just one internet service provider (ISP) since it was lau(...)

Fergus Finlay, chief executive of Barnardos, with Claire Cahill at the launch of the new Lost Children Campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Barnardos children’s charity has launched a campaign aimed at the children in Ireland it claims are lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect. It say(...)

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay: Too many children were  “automatically granted, on the day of their birth, the right to stand in queues for services that never came”.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s rate of child homelessness, which has risen by 287 per cent in three years, is unmatched anywhere in Europe, the Irish Society for the Preve(...)

Providing the poorest children in the State with an additional €3 a week would have cost about €62.4 million. This Fine Gael Government made a choice about how much the poorest children would get.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Finally, the weekly welfare payment to the poorest children in the State is being increased. After an eight-year “freeze”, the Child Dependant Allowan(...)

There were 2,520 children and young people on waiting lists for an initial assessment for mental health services in February 2017, an increase of 44 per cent on the same period last year, according to the HSE. Photograph: Istock

There were 2,520 children and young people on waiting lists for an initial assessment for mental health services in February 2017, an increase of 44 p(...)

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