Geoffrey Shannon

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Mavis Ramazani, originally from South Africa, has described the guilt she felt as a mother raising her daughter in direct provision.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On Saturday, October 5th, 2019 Mavis Ramazani stood on the stage of Dublin’s Liberty Hall and described in detail the guilt she felt as a mother raisi(...)

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Popular “family-tree” websites such as ancestry.com and myheritage.com could provide a model for the Government to help identify human remains at the (...)

Dr Conor O’Mahony holds a PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has lectured in UCC since 2005.

Dr Conor O’Mahony, a senior law lecturer from University College Cork, has been appointed as the special rapporteur on child protection. Minister for(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and AAI chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: legislation would make the authority the custodian of these sensitive adoption records.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Up to 200 potential locations holding adoption files around the country have been drawn up in a draft document by the Adoption Authority of Ireland (A(...)

Digital technology means bullying  can now follow children home. Photograph: Getty

The bullying of schoolgirl Ana Kriégel has turned a spotlight on how schools handle harassment involving pupils in a world of social media and smartph(...)

Irish citizens will vote in a referendum on divorce on  May 24th. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Law Society of Ireland has announced its support for the Government’s proposal to remove the minimum living apart period for spouses seeking a div(...)

 Katherine Zappone: she has said Tusla has received 14,089 mandated reports in the 13 months up to the end of January this year

It is “imperative” that safe contact centres for children to facilitate access arrangements are introduced, the special rapporteur for child protectio(...)

 Geoffrey Shannon, the State’s special rapporteur on child protection. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State has a “Rolls Royce system” for commercial law but when it comes to family law, there is “an impoverished system”, the special rapporteur on (...)

Because of the concerns raised by the State’s child and family agency Tusla about the supervision and safety practices operated by Scouting Ireland, immediately action should be taken by that organisation to implement the recommended changes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public trust is an indispensable requirement for the successful operation of any voluntary organisation, particularly when the safety and wellbeing of(...)

Ian Elliott, interim safeguarding manager with Scouting Ireland, wrote to the Minister earlier this week seeking withdrawal of a letter from Tusla criticising the youth organisation

Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager Ian Elliott wrote to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone earlier this week seeking to have a lette(...)

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