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In February 2018, the European Medicines Agency recommended that sodium valproate not be used during pregnancy. Photograph: Getty Images

Mothers of children diagnosed with foetal valproate syndrome (FVS) are demanding a public inquiry into why they were not warned of the risks of taking(...)

Barnardos said that children who don’t get the correct services in time are far more likely to ‘engage in risky behaviour’. File photograph: Getty Images

The needs of the most vulnerable children in Ireland are not being met because they are “too difficult to think about”, the new chief executive of chi(...)

Sonia Kolasinska who has reached a settlement with the owners of Madigan’s bar in O’Connell Street after she was refused service there last summer. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A transgender woman who was asked to leave a Dublin bar last year has received an out-of-court settlement and an apology from its owners. Sonia Kolas(...)

Barnardos chief executive Suzanne Connolly: ‘We will continue to lobby to ensure that vulnerable children receive the services they need.’

Children’s charity Barnardos, which has advocated for children’s rights for more than a decade, is closing its campaigning department causing “shock a(...)

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, said Irish politicians and media  ignored Islamophobic rhetoric  when espoused by online activists, and this was “hugely problematic”. File photograph: Alan Betson

A leading Muslim cleric has called for legislation banning commentary that “dehumanises” his community or appears to justify the murder of Muslims. (...)

A homeless hub

More hubs for homeless families and greater supports for older homeless people, including end-of-life care, are planned as homelessness is projected t(...)

In Galway city all family law cases were held on the same day with criminal cases in other courts in the courthouse.

Childcare cases are being heard in overcrowded and “severely overworked” courts alongside criminal cases, in sometimes dilapidated courthouses without(...)

The convention, which includes 72 actions, obliges signatory states to ‘protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence’.  Photograph: iStock

After many years of campaigning by women’s groups, the Government on Friday ratified the Istanbul Convention - a key international instrument to tackl(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said any “confusion” over whether the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme was still operating had been “caused by people asking questions” who already knew the answers and wanted to cause confusion. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A memo instructing the Department of Housing not to take any more applications under a flagship loan scheme for first-time buyers was never seen by th(...)

Jacqui Dwyer (left) and Louise Smyth at the community communion pop-up shop at Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

In Dublin’s Ballymun, amid elaborate confections of chiffon, voile, silk and lace, little girls and their parents are this year able to say yes to the(...)

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