Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: “We have encouraged children out of the darkness into the sunshine and then left them exposed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The message that “it’s okay not to feel okay” is getting through to children and young people. Most know it is no longer taboo to raise your hand and (...)

Former Fianna Fáil TD Noel O’Flynn who was honoured by being made a tribe leader last week in Kenya in recognition, according to Cork businessman Michael Mulcahy’s Facebook posting, of his support for businesses in the east Africa country. In case anyone was wondering, wrote Mulcahy in a post with this photograph, he did not know whether O’Flynn, when attending future events in Cork, would have to be addressed as Chief

Well done to those TDs who strongly and passionately argued their case in the Dáil this week. These principled men were facing up to reality in calli(...)

Anne Rabbitte: “The evidence is there that children are being groomed by their parents, siblings and older peers to commit crimes.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil is seeking to make it an offence for adults to groom a child to commit a crime. The party’s spokeswoman on children, Anne Rabbitte, has s(...)

Grainia Long, chief executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children  described the case as “shocking” and said of particular note was Matthew Horan’s “ease of access to other adults who were prepared to collude in sharing images of the children”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Calls have been made for additional Garda powers to investigate online child sex offences, including powers to make it easier for gardaí to seize mobi(...)

Cyberharassment: The Law Reform Commission has recommended a specific offence to address the publishing of intimate photos or videos of another person

A pupil who is alleged to have circulated a topless photograph of his teacher on social media is unlikely to face any prosecution due to a lack of cyb(...)

There were 6,300 children in the care of the State as of March 2017, 92 per cent of whom were placed with 4,500 approved foster carers around the country. File photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí and social workers should be placed in specialist child protection units and gaps in provision of out-of-hours emergency services should be rem(...)

Former journalist Tom Humphries, who was jailed for grooming a girl from when she was 14 before sexually abusing her, was an underage camogie coach who got his victim’s number through a third party. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Procedures to safeguard young people in the GAA are “much better today than they were last year or even 10 years ago and will be better again next yea(...)

Existing provisions in Irish legislation outlawing online harassment are insufficient, says Prof Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: iStock

Internet safety should be made a mandatory subject in Irish primary schools and should even be introduced to creches, the Special Rapporteur on Child (...)

“Sex offenders generally continue to abuse until they are caught.” Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Tusla, the child and family agency, has rejected claims that it did not properly investigate allegations of child sexual abuse passed to it by the cha(...)

Cope Galway’s annual report highlights an increase  in the numbers of children the homelessness charity supported, up from 369 in 2015 to 512 last year. Photograph: Istock

The number of children experiencing homelessness in Galway would now fill an entire school, the chief executive of a charity has said. Speaking in ad(...)

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