The new law will make it mandatory for certain professions to report incidents of harm, and risk of harm

Mandatory reporting will see system 'struggle'

15 Apr The system will not be able to cope with the increase in cases when legislation making it mandatory for those working with children to report abuse comes into effect, according to the Irish Association of Social Workers.

A report found many Roma mothers are hiding their babies from public health nurses

Increase in Roma children not being vaccinated

10 Apr The removal by gardaí and the HSE of two blonde Roma children from their families last year has prompted more Roma mothers not to get their children vaccinated, according to a new report.

The report found falling levels of optimism about the outlook for living standards over the next five years

Report shows recession has not affected well-being

02 Apr New research shows that the recession has led to a large decline in wealth for the Republic's over-50's, but has led to no significant deterioration in their average level of health or well-being.

Pope Francis sits next to Father Luigi Ciotti of the Catholic Libera association in San Gregorio church

Pope tells mafia to 'stop doing evil'

22 Mar Pope Francis has called on the mafia to "stop doing evil" as he met relatives of their victims to demonstrate the Catholic Church's opposition to organised crime.