Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has expressed confidence in Scouting Ireland’s new board. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has expressed her confidence in the new board of Scouting Ireland in relation to their work in dealing with th(...)

The review is being led by child safeguarding expert Ian Elliott, above. Minister for Children Katherine Zappone remains confident Mr Elliot “will use his safeguarding expertise and role in Scouting Ireland to get to the bottom of this”, a department spokesman says

Scouting Ireland is planning to conduct an inquiry to identify if any current members still in the organisation previously covered-up alleged child se(...)

The site of a burial ground at the  Tuam mother and baby home in Co Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

A letter from Pope Francis to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone about the Tuam mother and baby home was “an acknowledgment” rather than a substa(...)

Scouting Ireland’s internal review of allegations of past abuse is being led by child safeguarding expert Ian Elliott. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Scouting Ireland has now identified more than 300 past victims of alleged child sexual abuse in the youth organisation. The Irish Times understands (...)

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “The Minister himself has recognised the place of conscientious objection. We’ll wait and see exactly what comes out as to whether the solutions the Minister presents are going to be adequate.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Catholics cannot be forced to obey laws which go against the basic principles of their faith, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. He has (...)

Pope Francis shaking hands with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at Áras an Uachtaráin as part of his visit to Ireland in August. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Pope Francis has made no reference to a financial contribution by the Church in his response to a letter from Minister for Children Katherine Zappone (...)

“Divorce is regarded as a normal part of the wear and tear of life.” Photograph: iStock

Family law practitioners broadly support removing divorce from the Constitution in a referendum next year, though one warned that it might be “a bridg(...)

Eavan Boland reading  a  poem  commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy and Ireland’s permanent mission to the United Nations to mark the centenary.

Women still do not enjoy full suffrage around the world despite huge advances in female voting rights over the last century, Minister for Children Kat(...)

The Garda has confirmed it had begun investigations into “a number of complaints relating to individuals associated with Scouting Ireland”. File photograph: Getty Images

An Garda Síochána has begun investigations into a number of complaints relating to individuals associated with Scouting Ireland. Some 80 people have (...)

‘What is best for the child must prevail in every case.’ Photograph: iStock

Children who are adopted from foster care should have a prioritised status for all State services into adulthood and their carers should also get enha(...)

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