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Poverty has fallen off the radar for most voters and policy-makers in recent years. Photograph: iStock

We like to think of ourselves as a generous nation that is more sympathetic than most to the plight of those locked in poverty. But are we really? In(...)

Representatives from a number of organisations at the launch of the Courting Disaster campaign at Hammond Lane in Smithfield in Dublin where it is proposed a new family law court be constructed.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography/PA Wire

A number of organisations have called on the Government to allocate funding for a dedicated family law court at Hammond Lane in Smithfield in Dublin, (...)

The fact that vulnerable families only have the option of the new scheme is a big concern for childcare providers working in the most disadvantaged areas in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Low-income families on existing childcare subsidy programmes will be allowed to remain on them “indefinitely”, despite the online launch of the new Na(...)

Mavis Ramazani, originally from South Africa, has described the guilt she felt as a mother raising her daughter in direct provision.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On Saturday, October 5th, 2019 Mavis Ramazani stood on the stage of Dublin’s Liberty Hall and described in detail the guilt she felt as a mother raisi(...)

Gardaí at the scene at  Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, of the  assault on  Stephanie Ng in December 2017. File photograph: Dave Meehan

A teenager has been sentenced to 11 years for cutting the throat of a young woman in Dún Laoghaire and leaving her to die. The boy was 15 and sufferi(...)

Budget 2020 marked a shift in the right direction,     child advocates believe. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe delivered a significant Budget 2020 speech last week. In a budget “without precedent” he laid out his plans to fo(...)

Free meals for children are a recognised, targeted intervention to tackle child poverty. File photograph: Getty

A pilot to provide free school meals for children in early learning centres will be announced by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone on Thursday. (...)

Tanya Ward, chief executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said Ireland needs to provide “a safe haven to a bigger group of refugee children”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Refugee children who have fled Syria experience considerable challenges after they reach Ireland and need greater support from schools, youth services(...)

Children are often used as pawns by parents fighting over maintenance payments. Photograph: iStock

When father-of-two David moved out of the family home, he agreed with his ex-wife to pay half the bills and the shopping for their young children. But(...)

Suzanne Connolly of Barnardos said: ‘The Government can use Budget 2020 to make a start by making school books free for every child in primary school.’ Photograph: iStock

Government must ensure all children receive a hot meal a day, free school books at primary level and the opportunity to have a hobby, according to the(...)

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