Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: to receive petition from Lifeline Inishowen in Co Donegal seeking funds.  The Carndonagh-based service, for women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse, is the only one in the Inishowen peninsula.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

Women’s lives in one of the most isolated parts of the country could be lost if a domestic violence service is forced to close, its manager has warned(...)

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward (centre) with Caroline Fahey of St Vincent de Paul (left) with Labour Party Senators Ivana Bacik and Ged Nash (right), Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Leah Speight (representing Bríd Smith TD) during the alliance’s political briefing at Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The creation of a role to oversee the elimination of child poverty in Ireland would be a cause of concern as it could undermine the work of Cabinet me(...)

 Minister for  Children Katherine Zappone has put the controversial Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill on hold. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Legislation to give adopted people access to their birth records has been paused to allow more consultation with those affected and with political par(...)

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon says there does not appear to be clear timelines in place for bringing an end to the practices of emergency and self-accomodation.

Some family hubs are merely “glorified hotels” with additional washing and cooking facilities, the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon has said (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “I think it’s really fantastic that women like herself have the courage to come into the public where the State must face them.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State must face up to how women like former garda Majella Moynihan were treated, and make reparations for the “terrible aspects of our past,” Mini(...)

Majella Moynihan in 1998. She has been commended for telling her story by the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Photograph: RTÉ

A story of secrecy and shame, of a woman being treated appallingly by State institutions, with involvement from the Catholic Church – this is a narrat(...)

A commemorative play garden  opened at St Audeon’s Park in Dublin on Thursday by Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe, pictured at the fountain with pupils from St Audeon’s and St Francis national schools. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Dublin’s new Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe was unceremoniously baptised by pupils from local schools on opening the 1916 Children’s Commemorative Play Gar(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she was working very hard to listen to the concerns of adopted people and felt that she had achieved real progress in her discussions with the Attorney General. File image:  Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has defended the new Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill which she says strikes the correct balance betwee(...)

Ian Elliott, left, child safeguarding expert, and the board chair of Scouting Ireland Adrian Tennant.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Scouting Ireland is preparing to issue a full institutional apology in the coming weeks to past victims of child sexual abuse in its legacy organisati(...)

Ian Elliott, left, child protection expert, and Adrian Tennant, chair of Scouting Ireland’s board.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

On October 7th last year, the newly elected board of Scouting Ireland met in the Bonnington Hotel in north Dublin for a briefing from child protection(...)

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