Mr Finlay

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The fire took place at 2am on Friday morning at Lakers Social and Recreational Club. Photograph: Simon Harris/Twitter

A club for people with special needs in Bray, Co Wicklow, has been closed until further notice following a fire. The fire took place at 2am on Frida(...)

Fergus Finlay at the launch of the annual Barnardos report. He is  retiring as its chief executive  after 13 years.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The situation of children in Ireland is worse today that it was in 2005, Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay has said. “At least then we didn’t (...)

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay: Too many children were  “automatically granted, on the day of their birth, the right to stand in queues for services that never came”.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s rate of child homelessness, which has risen by 287 per cent in three years, is unmatched anywhere in Europe, the Irish Society for the Preve(...)

There were 2,520 children and young people on waiting lists for an initial assessment for mental health services in February 2017, an increase of 44 per cent on the same period last year, according to the HSE. Photograph: Istock

There were 2,520 children and young people on waiting lists for an initial assessment for mental health services in February 2017, an increase of 44 p(...)

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward said Ireland was still lagging behind the European average of 19 months’ paid parental leave, despite the recent introduction of two weeks’ paternity leave on top of existing maternity entitlements. File photograph: iStockPhoto

A long-awaited State strategy to deal with issues such as childcare subsidies, pre-schooling and parental leave will be delivered within months, a Fin(...)

The case is believed to be the first before the courts here concerning a male with anorexia

A young man with severe anorexia nervosa has been made a ward of court after being found to lack the necessary mental capacity to make informed decisi(...)

Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay:  said “any suggestion that we are supported by the Matheson Foundation is completely wrong”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Matheson, the corporate law firm that works closely with the so-called “vulture funds” that buy distressed property loans, has admitted its use of re(...)

Fergus Finlay, chief executive of Barnardos. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish education system has “inequality and unfairness” at its core, while claims of free education are an “insult” to parents struggling to cover (...)

Launching the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign last month are Fergus Finlay,  Joanna Fortune clinical psychotherapist, Kieran Mulvey of the Labour Relations Commission and Áine Lynch of the National Parents Council: on leaving Dr Ciara Kelly said she remains a strong supporter of the campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A main member of a new campaign against harmful drinking has resigned. Dr Ciara Kelly, a GP and commentator, has stepped down from the Stop Out-of-Con(...)

Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay: called on the Government to act quickly to address rising rents, discrimination in the private rental sector, inappropriateness of emergency accommodation and lack of social housing. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Thousands of children may be left homeless by the end of the year and those already affected are suffering “fear, uncertainty and isolation”, Barna(...)

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