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# Children

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Minister seeks to 'reassure parents' that a full reopening of schools is planned
Minister Norma Foley said the return of children to the classroom for the new school term is a priority.
Government aims to reopen indoor hospitality on 26 July
‘There is a need for personal responsibility, we need to trust people as well,’ said Micheál Martin.
HSE clarifies rules on children being brought to vaccine centres
The situation has caused some confusion with some people leaving babies outside centres.
Breastfeeding athletes can bring children to Olympics 'when necessary'
The clarification was welcomed by some athletes as a relief, but US football star Alex Morgan slammed organisers.
‘I am not a vector’: Oireachtas committee hears from children affected by the pandemic
The Children’s Committee heard from a group of young people on their experiences since March 2020.
Growing up in Ireland: Latest results from study give in-depth look at lives of country's nine-year-olds
The new report looks at the lives of young people who were aged nine in 2017/2018.
Dublin Archdiocese 'committed to protecting children' despite halving staff at safeguarding service
Five people have been let go from the unit, as part of a wider redundancy programme in the Archdiocese.
Number of child safety failings in Direct Provision centres, ombudsman report finds
Staff at one centre were found to have not been vetted to work with children.
'We got 300 calls today': High demand for children's shoes after they're reclassified as essential
One store has booked in 240 appointments already.
'Her shoes are falling apart': Parents call for clarity on buying children's shoes
Parents whose children wear splints, known as AFOs, have been having particular issues finding suitable shoes.
Allegations of department gathering dossiers on children with autism 'extremely concerning', says Paul Reid
Patient confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of the health service, said the HSE boss.
120,000 doses of children's flu vaccine destroyed due to low uptake, despite 'heavyweight' promotion campaign
The flu vaccine was free for children in Ireland for the first time in 2020.
RTÉ's news2day: 'The tone of our news is important for children - no jargon or dramatic language'
News2day editors Avril Hoare and Anne-Marie Smyth outline how the team has broken down the tough issues in the last year.
Biden wants to undo 'national shame' of child separations at US-Mexico border
An estimated 600 to 700 children remain apart from their families.
'It's like he didn't exist': Several court cases involving murdered children who can't be named
The Justice Minister said the issue will be resolved “in a matter of weeks”.
'Seen as criminals first, children second': 1,000 children in Ireland involved with criminal networks
A new initiative will be piloted at two locations to intervene in situations where children are being drawn into criminality by adults.
Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.
Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister
Four groups, representing 30,00 children, state that remote schooling is not an option for them.
Childcare services to remain open but only for vulnerable groups and children of essential workers
The measures will remain in place until at least the end of January.
Explainer: What childcare options are available in Level 5 and who gets priority?
The government has asked parents who are not essential workers to keep their children at home.
State-funded ECCE pre-school programme to remain closed for a week, other childcare to open Monday
Creches and childminders can continue to operate as planned.
Over 15,000 new parents have availed of Parent's Benefit payment since introduction in 2019
Parent’s Benefit is a social welfare payment available for employed and self-employed people.
Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them
The incorrect claim is being widely shared on social media.
Government to set up archive of records related to institutional trauma in 20th century
The government released a statement about the Mother and Baby Homes this evening.
The flu vaccine and children: Here is everything parents need to know
“The flu vaccine is one of the safest vaccines we have, it’s one of the oldest vaccines we have,” a GP said.
Less invasive nasal swab to be applied for Covid-19 testing on children
The period of isolation following onset of symptoms has also been reduced from 14 days to 10 days.
Over a quarter of Irish children and adolescents say they do not have a high satisfaction with life
Ireland placed 26th in a ranking of mental health concerns for children and adolescents.
Overcrowded classes and an empty classroom: Serious 'frustration' at teaching job cuts during a health crisis
A mixture of excitement and frustration prevailed at one Louth school with classes of 33 pupils as available classrooms lie empty.
Is your child worried about going to school? An expert has some tips for parents
Many children, and parents, are anxious about schools reopening.
40% of teachers concerned about how play-based lessons will be affected by Covid-19 restrictions
That’s according to a new study published by DCU researchers.
'I feel like the only way out is to die': Over 20,000 disclosures of abuse made to Women's Aid in 2019
Women reported being beaten, strangled, burned and raped, and there was a spike in calls during the Covid-19 pandemic.
New research highlights long-term impact of Covid-19 restrictions on children with autism
The report highlights a decline in children’s abilities and skills since the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions.
'Maternity leave is a human right': TD calls for parental leave for TDs
Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns says it is ‘incredible’ that it does not already exist.
'Parents face stark choices': Three-week extension to parent's leave criticised as too little, too late
Sinn Féin is going to introduce a motion to the Dáil today calling for 12-week extension to paid maternity leave.
'I've can't lift my arms, brush my hair, or even go to the toilet alone': Children still waiting on Spinraza drug, Dáil told
The drug is used to treat SMA which can develop in babies and toddlers and can significantly reduce life expectancy.
'It's been a long 16 weeks': Anticipation tinged with nerves as creches prepare to re-open
Providers say they’ve done everything they can to make things seem normal for children.
Majority of children and teenagers with Covid-19 only experience mild symptoms, according to new research
A separate study also published by the Lancet examined brain function complications as a result of Covid-19.
Ombudsman expresses 'grave concern' over potential abolition of Department of Children
The Children’s Ombudsman has written a letter to the three party leaders involved in government formation talks.
Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped?
A proposal to merge the Department of Children with the Department of Education is being considered.
State grants will ensure childcare providers should have no reason to increase fees, says minister
A €75 million funding package has been announced.