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Orla: ‘It took such a toll physically and mentally.’ Photograph: Damien Eagers

The addicted boy The boy began looking at pornography when he was nine or 10. By 11, he was “addicted” to it. After he turned 14, he started acting o(...)

Marian Finucane: ‘But you’re not denying, are you, the consequences of global warming?’

A longtime fixture of weekend radio, the Sunday morning newspaper panel hosted by Marian Finucane (RTÉ Radio 1) is something of an institution. And li(...)

Every parent and teacher will know of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

Video games are becoming more and more educational, and screen-time may not be as bad as we once thought. Deep breaths, parents. You are skeptical. (...)

Joanna Coles, chief content officer of Hearst and the former editor of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire: “There’s nothing empowering about being blackout drunk. Who wants to wake up the next morning in bed unable to remember what you did?” Photograph: Bryan Derballa/New York Times

I’ve noticed a weird pattern, in fiction and life, about sexual encounters: women decide they’re not attracted to a guy they’re nestling with. Limeren(...)

Dr Mary Aiken and Prof Barry O’Sullivan after they addressed the Oireachtas Committee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Recent cases of child abuse and exploitation over the internet are just “the tip of the iceberg” and the State faces “a tsunami” of cases coming down (...)

Concern over the safety of children online has prompted a call for a smartphone ban in schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Primary teachers have played down calls for a ban on smartphones in schools on the basis that most have long-standing policies which prohibit mobile p(...)

It is alleged Kieran Creaven, a television producer in the RTÉ Sports department, flew from Ireland to meet up  in Leeds with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

The video starts with a camera phone pointed at the ground. White runners are pounding on a dark pavement. A woman’s voice calls out a name and her ha(...)

Following their purchase of Danes Hollow, the Howth home of Riverdance creators Moya Doherty and John McColgan for €8.2 million, concert promoter Pete(...)

The default digital age of consent in the EU is 16. However, member states have the option of lowering that age of consent to the age of 13. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

The special rapporteur for child protection recently recommended that the “digital age of consent” in Ireland be set at 13, the youngest age allowable(...)

Requests for sexual imagery can come two or three sentences into an online interaction, An Garda Síochána says. Photograph: Getty Images

It was close to midnight on a summer’s night in 2015 when Ronan Hughes walked into his mother’s bedroom in Tyrone and told her about his problem. Unt(...)

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