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Judge John O’Neill at Dublin District Court told the parents of a girl missing school their daughter deserved an education and he warned them he could jail either one of them if the attendance record did not improve. File photograph: Collins

A judge has threatened to jail the parents of a teenage girl over her school attendance record, which showed she missed 50 per cent of school days in (...)

The most delicate item in the in-tray of new Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly will be getting the terms of reference right for th(...)

 The former Supreme Court judge  Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness: “The real priority is today’s children and their rights. Just as we sit in judgment on our forebears it is certain that we too will be judged on our response to today’s children.”

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has called on the Government to ensure funding for the inquiry into mother and baby homes is “not tak(...)

Focus Ireland says it is “really concerned” that up to 40 per cent of the young people leaving State care it is currently working with are homeless.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

An emergency response to the growing crisis of homelessness among young people leaving State care is required before a tragedy occurs, housing charity(...)

Rape Crisis Midwest says it has no way of making up the shortfall of €120,000.

One of the busiest Rape Crisis centres in the country has had to close because funding has reached a “critical point”. The Rape Crisis Midwest, which (...)

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald: “Each and every one of us has a responsibility to safeguard children, to cherish more than our own sons and daughters.”  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The introduction of concrete legal obligations to protect children was described as “a quantum shift” by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald. “It(...)

Minister Frances Fitzgerald: “I look forward to continued engagement with the Ombudsman for Children and her staff in achieving a shared vision.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Making Ireland one of the best small countries in which to grow up and to raise a family is a key government objective. It starts with ensuring(...)

According to the unpublished report commissioned by the HSE, a major review of care services found examples of inappropriate placements or cases where children or carers were struggling to cope

More than 250 vulnerable children in the care of the State have been estimated to be in unsuitable care place(...)

 Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of the Child and Family Agency,  said there was now a national approach aimed at ensuring high-quality care and bed occupancy.

Taxpayers paid €20 million a year for empty beds in children’s residential centres aimed at providing care for vulnerable young people in State(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: announced an ambitious rationalisation plan that promised the merger, abolition, or restructuring of almost 100 State agencies or offices. Photograph: Frank Miller

The line adopted by both parties in the run-up to the 2011 general election was unashamedly populist. They each argued there were hundreds of S(...)

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