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Some 2,250 children are waiting for specialist mental health treatment, according to the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: iStock

More than 7,000 children with mental health concerns are on waiting lists for community and psychology supports, according to latest figures. These s(...)

If a more egalitarian housing system is to be introduced, the Government will have to modify its dependence on private developers. But there is little to suggest it is ready to make that transition. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A shortage of housing has become a rental crisis that is forcing families to choose between paying the rent and providing food for their children, acc(...)

Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance said some schools had provided bean bags for children to rest on so they could participate in lessons after catching up on sleep. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The housing crisis is forcing some families to choose between paying the rent and eating, a leading expert on children’s rights has warned. Tanya War(...)

Barnardos  said little progress had been made in delivering on a Government commitment to lift 100,000 children out of poverty by 2020.  Photograph: iStock

Almost one in every five children in Ireland still live below the poverty line despite the improving economy, Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “One in every 10 children lives in consistent poverty – experiencing both income poverty and deprivation.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Child poverty was the “crisis of our times” and the Taoiseach should lead a drive to end it, a high-level conference on the issue heard on Friday. I(...)

“I’ll talk to you when you’re speaking in a normal voice . . . ” That, I have to confess, was a teenage son responding to me on one occasion. It work(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the proposed grant would cost the exchquer €70 million a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Investment in affordable, regulated and high-quality childcare options for families is urgently needed rather than cash payments to grandparents, chil(...)

The children featured in the report experienced frequent school absences attributed to poor diet, inadequate rest and poor living conditions. Photograph: iStock

The Government should establish a ring-fenced fund for schools to provide additional resources to cater for the needs of children experiencing homeles(...)

Former Fianna Fáil TD Noel O’Flynn who was honoured by being made a tribe leader last week in Kenya in recognition, according to Cork businessman Michael Mulcahy’s Facebook posting, of his support for businesses in the east Africa country. In case anyone was wondering, wrote Mulcahy in a post with this photograph, he did not know whether O’Flynn, when attending future events in Cork, would have to be addressed as Chief

Well done to those TDs who strongly and passionately argued their case in the Dáil this week. These principled men were facing up to reality in calli(...)

Children’s groups have argued to maintain the age of digital consent at 13. File photograph: Getty Images

Proposals to raise the digital age of consent from 13 to 16 years of age were rejected by an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday. The digital age of co(...)

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