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28th November 2023
Compel religious orders to pay redress, Sinn Féin TD says, as survivors mull legal action
Survivors of mother and baby institutions are considering legal action, or lodging complaints with international human rights bodies, over their exclusion from the scheme.
Kathleen Funchion said it 's "laughable" the Government is asking religious orders to pay into the fund, not compelling them
Excluding thousands of survivors from redress is "completely incoherent", one legal expert said
Survivors of mother and baby institutions are considering legal action or lodging complaints with international human rights bodies
'A punch in the gut': Tusla apologises as adopted people wait up to a year for personal records
Mother and Baby Home redress scheme won't open until next year, missing 2023 deadline
Last month
October 2023
Documents reveal 'desperate' pleas among government departments to house asylum seekers
Newly released emails show the strain on department officials last January.
No movement on lack of Child Benefit entitlement for families in Direct Provision
Earlier today Heather Humphries said O’Gorman would be making an announcement on financial support for families in Direct Provision.
This year
Reports about welfare of children in State care deleted amid GDPR concerns
Peadar Tóibín TD described the Minister’s actions as “impossible to comprehend”, saying that the decision is an example of “GDPR overreach”.
Most carers wouldn't recommend fostering children due to financial strain, survey finds
The IFCA fears that an ‘exodus’ of foster carers is looming.
Pandemic had no impact on the 'vast majority' of 13-year-olds' transition to secondary school
Just under 100% of 13-year-olds agreed that they had made new friends in second-level education.
Calls for Govt to tell 'influencer teachers' to stop paid posts for Horse Racing Ireland in schools
A Labour TD has said children are being treated as ‘pawns’ by teachers being paid to promote HRI online.
'The system is broken': Carlow toddler with scoliosis without therapy due to staffing crisis
A report by
Eimer McAuley
“There is no one for us to pick up the phone to,” Shannon’s mum said.
Mother-of-five Yvonne Proctor speaks to The Journal about her "fight with the system".
Her daughter Shannon was diagnosed with scoliosis after her parents noticed that she was holding her neck to one side.
The Proctor family feels that, despite the huge financial burden, they will now have to go private to get Shannon therapy services.
Donnelly says child scoliosis patients should receive surgery within four months under new plan
Waiting lists for children's surgeries to be tackled by extending operating theatre hours
Woodland garden focusing on outdoor play for children wins gold medal at Bloom
The festival was officially opened by President Michael D Higgins this morning.
500 pilot 'baby bundles' to be delivered to new parents this week
The bundles contain essentials for new parents and their baby such as clothes and a changing bag.
'I cried with my daughter': Ukrainians given four days to leave Dublin hotel and find new school
Two sisters with five, eight, and sixteen year old children are being moved across Dublin after living in a hotel for the last year.
Government seeks experts to ensure Mother and Baby Home redress scheme doesn't break GDPR rules
The successful applicant will have to ensure the operation of the scheme is fully compliant with all national and EU data protection laws.
Tuam mother and baby home site will finally be excavated after Director is appointed next month
Relatives have welcomed the news but said there can be no further delays.
Last year
Plan to move Ukrainians living in Dundalk hotel scrapped
The group of around 50 people were told on Friday that they would be transferred from the Crowne Plaza Hotel to several other areas.
'A historic moment': Adopted people can access information about their birth from today
The new law allows people who were adopted or boarded out to access information about their origins.
Fostering allowance becoming insufficient amid cost-of-living crisis, say carers
The allowance paid to foster parents has not increased since 2009.
State parental leave expanded to seven weeks
New parents can now take up to seven weeks leave as part of measures introduced by the Departments of Children and Social Protection.
Creches say planned fee freeze for childcare costs in September 'unworkable'
Under the Government’s core funding model, fees will be frozen at the rate that was in place in September 2021.
Pilot 'baby bundles' to be given to new parents
The bundles will be distributed to 500 newborns and their parents.
Research to inform conversion therapy ban expected by end of summer
Roderic O’Gorman said the research will inform legislation to ban the controversial practice in Ireland.
All time
Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department
Survivors of mother and baby institutions have been told to submit FOI requests to get access to their records, despite already applying under GDPR.
Survivors of mother and baby institutions have been told to submit FOI requests, despite already applying under GDPR
A number of women are considering legal action, Órla Ryan reports
Noelle Brown says the latest development is "despicable" and "ridiculous"
Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
Rollout of baby boxes to new parents delayed as Department undertakes consultation
The Department has said work will be progressed this autumn.
Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women
The National Women’s Council says inadequate State investment in childcare has led to an unsustainable system in crisis.
People identified in Mother and Baby Home records asked to contact Department of Children
The department is asking for individuals’ contact details in case their data is in records requested under GDPR.
Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept
She lodged a complaint about the department’s ‘failure to comply with the assurances’ provided to her.
'A person's sexual orientation is not up for debate': O'Gorman moves to outlaw conversion therapy in Ireland
The move comes after a new cross-party all-island coalition this week called for the practice to be banned.
It's been confirmed officials have prepared a scoping paper and are engaging with the Department of Health.
The move comes after a new cross-party all-island coalition this week called for the practice to be banned.
O'Gorman said Government must be "proactive" in banning such practices.
'Pay us and acknowledge what happened': Mother and baby home survivors want compensation and a remembrance day
Some survivors have also called on the government to take legal action against the religious orders who ran the institutions if they refuse to pay financial compensation.
Department apologises after 'careless' data breach of people attending mother and baby home redress meetings
Those affected by the breach are “deeply upset and distressed” by the sharing of their email addresses without their consent.
Campaigner Derek Leinster says Protestant survivors and those living abroad 'not a priority' for redress
Leinster, who was born in Bethany Home in Dublin in 1941, has campaigned for redress for over 20 years.
Data Protection Commissioner: Transfer of Mother and Baby Homes records to Dept could be 'high risk'
Around 100,000 records are expected to be moved to the Department of Children next week.
Report on pay levels in childcare sector to be finalised in coming days
The department appointed former Labour Court chairman and barrister Dr Kevin Duffy as the independent chairman of the process.
'Two tests' to be applied for Mother and Baby Home survivors to seek access to records
A legal expert has questioned whether the second of the tests is a ‘legal error’.
‘Children's needs should be the priority for after-school services’
Prevention and Early Intervention expert Marian Quinn outlines the need for a reimagined after-school sector on the other side of Covid-19.
‘Without state interventions many childcare providers will go out of business’
Childcare centre owners Sarah O’Leary and and Michele Akerlind explain how better investment can build a well paid and affordable childcare sector.
‘Time to radically reform childcare and break the tension between fees and quality’
In the latest in our Childcare Voices series, Darragh O’Connor of SIPTU outlines why the trade union is calling for big changes in pay and affordability in the sector.
‘We are essentially paying out a second mortgage in childcare every month’
Mother Lynda Butler outlines the impact of childcare costs for her first daughter and how high fees are making her think twice about having a second child.
Hundreds of childcare providers say they won't be able to stay open without more government supports
70% of childcare providers are yet to reopen, with only 22% operating at full capacity.
Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped?
A proposal to merge the Department of Children with the Department of Education is being considered.
Zappone reverses funding cut for creches on day of protest action next week
Creche owners had been told the department will not fund an alternative day to make up time for the protest.
Internal Tusla documents reveal staff complained of poor engagement from Scouting Ireland
Early drafts of a letter that caused a row between the agency and Scouting Ireland contained stronger criticism of the organisation than the final version.