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# department of children

Last week
7th July 2024 - 13th July 2024
Top judges ‘in despair’ at lack of care places for vulnerable children
Last month
June 2024
Mother and Baby Homes: €31,000 is average redress payment made to survivors so far
This year
2024
Bethany Home survivor says excluding thousands from redress means 'shame will always hang over Ireland'
Patrick Anderson McQuoid is among the thousands of survivors ineligible for redress under the Government’s controversial scheme.
Patrick spent time in different institutions, he was malnourished and developed several health issues
"My hands and feet turned blue. There is no evidence of State inspection of my condition."
Patrick was sent to live with a couple, aged in their 50s, in Northern Ireland prior to adoption being made legal here
'A slap in the face': Mother and baby home survivors told they need photo ID to apply for redress
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said applicants who don’t have photo ID will be “treated empathetically and on a case-by-case basis”.
The Government's long-awaited redress scheme finally opens for applications today
Many elderly survivors do not have a passport, driving licence or Public Service Card
One man was told his mother cannot apply without photo ID, but he could apply on her behalf if she died
Controversial Mother and Baby Home redress scheme will open for applications next month
Last year
2023
Compel religious orders to pay redress, Sinn Féin TD says, as survivors mull legal action
Documents reveal 'desperate' pleas among government departments to house asylum seekers
No movement on lack of Child Benefit entitlement for families in Direct Provision
Reports about welfare of children in State care deleted amid GDPR concerns
Most carers wouldn't recommend fostering children due to financial strain, survey finds
Pandemic had no impact on the 'vast majority' of 13-year-olds' transition to secondary school
Calls for Govt to tell 'influencer teachers' to stop paid posts for Horse Racing Ireland in schools
'The system is broken': Carlow toddler with scoliosis without therapy due to staffing crisis
Woodland garden focusing on outdoor play for children wins gold medal at Bloom
500 pilot 'baby bundles' to be delivered to new parents this week
'I cried with my daughter': Ukrainians given four days to leave Dublin hotel and find new school
Government seeks experts to ensure Mother and Baby Home redress scheme doesn't break GDPR rules
Tuam mother and baby home site will finally be excavated after Director is appointed next month
All time
Plan to move Ukrainians living in Dundalk hotel scrapped
'A historic moment': Adopted people can access information about their birth from today
Fostering allowance becoming insufficient amid cost-of-living crisis, say carers
State parental leave expanded to seven weeks
Creches say planned fee freeze for childcare costs in September 'unworkable'
Pilot 'baby bundles' to be given to new parents
Research to inform conversion therapy ban expected by end of summer
Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department
Rollout of baby boxes to new parents delayed as Department undertakes consultation
Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women
Orla O'Connor
People identified in Mother and Baby Home records asked to contact Department of Children
Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept
'A person's sexual orientation is not up for debate': O'Gorman moves to outlaw conversion therapy in Ireland
'Pay us and acknowledge what happened': Mother and baby home survivors want compensation and a remembrance day
Department apologises after 'careless' data breach of people attending mother and baby home redress meetings
Campaigner Derek Leinster says Protestant survivors and those living abroad 'not a priority' for redress
Data Protection Commissioner: Transfer of Mother and Baby Homes records to Dept could be 'high risk'
Report on pay levels in childcare sector to be finalised in coming days
'Two tests' to be applied for Mother and Baby Home survivors to seek access to records
‘Children's needs should be the priority for after-school services’
Marian Quinn
‘Without state interventions many childcare providers will go out of business’
Sarah O’Leary & Michele Akerlind
‘Time to radically reform childcare and break the tension between fees and quality’
Darragh O’Connor