Minister for Education Joe McHugh with pupils of St Malachy’s NS,  Finglas (from left) Timur Sevcenko (8), Kian Franzoni (9) and Ella Groves (9), for the announcement of pilot project. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Government has taken the first step towards providing free school books for children at primary level with a €1 million pilot project which will b(...)

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(...)

A breakdown of the children supported by Barnardos last year show that the bulk were aged between six and 12. Photograph: iStock

The children’s charity Barnardos has warned that record demand for support from vulnerable children is resulting in growing waiting lists for vital se(...)

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(...)

The average cost of putting a child into senior infants is  €340, according to a Barnardos survey. Photograph: iStock

Irish parents are “stressed out, overburdened and fed up” by the high cost of sending children back to school, according to the charity Barnardos. In(...)

Michelle O’Brien with Tommy, Jamie and Joey, three of her seven children. She is a qualified beautician but has been unable to work due to the family’s insecure housing situation. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

A homeless family in the midlands, who have been placed in three separate hotels in three different counties in the past week, may finally be accommod(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “I think it’s really fantastic that women like herself have the courage to come into the public where the State must face them.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State must face up to how women like former garda Majella Moynihan were treated, and make reparations for the “terrible aspects of our past,” Mini(...)

The highest increase in child homelessness was in the west, where there were 201 in February and 218 last month. File image:  Reuters/David Ryder

There are now over 3,800 homeless children across the State, the latest figures show. Data from the Department of Housing published on Tuesday show t(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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