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Adoption Authority chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: “It was challenging but rewarding that we managed to ensure that no child failed in their desire to be adopted.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Up to 40 children were adopted by long-term foster parents after the Adoption Authority took last-minute action to ensure that Covid-19 restrictions d(...)

Child law expert Dr Geoffrey Shannon described the findings of the Elliott report into Scouting Ireland as deeply disturbing.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There are “striking similarities” between the findings of the Elliott report into Scouting Ireland and those that emerged from the Ryan and Murphy rep(...)

Sinéad Nic Ambróis, (29) is a single parent who is training to be a solicitor at William G Henry Solicitors, Emmet Street, Ballymote, Co Sligo. She is taking part in a flexible learning programme which is boosting numbers in law from under-represented backgrounds. Photograph: James Connolly

Since secondary school, Sinéad Nic Ambróis dreamed of becoming a solicitor. The young Donegal woman studied law at Letterkenny Institute of Technolog(...)

Part IV of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act created two new offences of paying for sexual activity with a prostitute and paying for sexual activity with a trafficked person. Photograph: Collins Courts.

There have been just three convictions since a new law targeting those who used prostitutes was introduced in 2017, a review of the new law has reveal(...)

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(...)

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