Kitty Holland

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Fred McBride, chief executive of Tusla, describes child protection as the “hardest shift” in social work and has called for higher pay for Tusla’s social workers. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Earlier this month Tusla’s chief executive, Fred McBride, wrote to his 1,500 social workers warning of a coming “storm” – a report from the Health Inf(...)

The Government should consider whether it is appropriate to provide homeless families with emergency accommodation if they have refused Housing Assist(...)

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said the report made for “difficult reading”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Systems failures within the State’s child protection agency is leading to the mishandling of child sex abuse allegations and leaving vulnerable childr(...)

Tusla chief executive Fred McBride says the organisation does not provide a consistent service to vulnerable children. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Tusla does not provide a consistent service to vulnerable children and does not always learn from its mistakes, its chief executive has admitted. How(...)

Thomas Ward, Anna Ward, Demelia Ward and Declan Ward Jnr at St Mary’s Halting Site, Cappagh Road, Finglas, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

A north Dublin Traveller site, described by a local authority as “among the worst in the country”, cannot be made more habitable as council staff have(...)

Members of the Connors family Ann,  Michael, son Tommy (11) and daughters Alicia (6) and Chelsea (16) look on as the site is cleared by council staff and contractors. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Traveller family say their home and many of their belongings have been destroyed by Dublin City Council without their consent. Ann and Michael Conn(...)

“There were 37 deaths by suspected suicide in Dublin South Central in 2017 and 50 per cent of those were women.” Photograph: iStock

In the heat of reporting the referendum campaign, Irish Times journalist Kitty Holland found time to write about a development I think we all need to (...)

The ombudsman received 1,755 complaints last year, up 4 per cent on 2016 and 7 per cent since 2015. Above, Dr Niall Muldoon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lack of access for suicidal youths to emergency mental health services and the “stark failure” of the HSE and Tusla to act together in children’s best(...)

In band 1, covering the four Dublin local authorities as well as Cork City, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow, the maximum annual net income thresholds are €35,000 for a single person and €42,000 for a family with children.

Stringently enforced income bands in the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), based on the county in which a home is located, are “keeping people in home(...)

Young people with disabilities are getting “trapped” in nursing homes due to a shortage of personal assistants (PAs), in a clear infringement of their(...)

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