Eoghan Murphy: 5,900 new units of social housing would be provided next year, an increase of 31 houses on previous targets set for 2018. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Homelessness permeated almost every aspect of public and political discourse in 2017, yet by most measures the problems have got worse, not better. T(...)

Childline is a 24-hour listening service for children and young people. Photograph: iStock

Childline, a 24-hour listening service for children and young people, received 1,020 calls on Christmas day. Volunteers reported children calling aft(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh MacAuley is among those taking part. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

More than 400 inter-county GAA players plan to sleep rough in 12 towns and cities across the island of Ireland from 6pm on Saturday evening in solida(...)

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(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: Challenge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency says it cannot “be precise” on how mandatory reporting of child abuse concerns, which comes into force on December (...)

 Claudia Marshall, head of Ikea in Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Listen up, because here follows an irrefutable life hack. If you want to test the true strength of your marriage/relationship/friendship with someone,(...)

Caroline O’Sullivan (centre), chief executive of the ISPCC. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 1,000 children a day phoned Childline looking for help last year and three-quarters made the call outside office hours, the Irish Society fo(...)

Child protection: Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is to meet the special rapporteur on child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, in the next week to discuss what c(...)

Managing children’s internet access: CyberSafeIreland chief executive Alex Cooney said,  “The answer lies in education, not prohibition.” Photograph: iStock

Proposed measures to fine parents and retailers if they allow children unrestricted access to the internet are unworkable, organisations and online s(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has signed aspects of the new Sexual Offences Bill into law. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New laws criminalising the purchase of sex and introducing new offences relating to the sexual exploitation of children will take effect from Monday. (...)

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