Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill in Havana

Pope set for historic Patriarch meeting

05 Feb Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in what could be a historic step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.

The commitment by Minister Frances Fitzgerald is subject to legal advice from the Attorney General

Group hails commitment on Direct Provision

04 Feb The Children's Rights Alliance has hailed as "hugely symbolic" Minister Frances Fitzgerald's commitment in principle to allow the 1,200 asylum-seeking children living in Direct Provision Centres to have their complaints independently examined by the Ombudsman for Children.

She says allocating a social worker would be one of the key actions which would provide greater protection to children in care

Group calls for more social workers

03 Feb An advocacy group for young people in care has called on the State to apologise to the young people at the centre of the foster care scandal and to promptly allocate social workers to almost 450 children in care here.

The HSE has been called to appear before a special meeting of the PAC next Tuesday to discuss the issue

No HSE apology given in foster home abuse scandal

30 Jan The HSE has tonight accepted that no official apology was issued to a woman who was left in a care setting for 13 years despite abuse allegations being raised with the then local Health Board.

Children's Ombudsman said social housing and emergency accommodation needs to be brought to a standard where children are as safe as possible

Executive says complaints were resolved

20 Jan The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive has said that all complaints made in 2015 relating to homeless services were fully investigated and resolved in a timely manner.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly is being questioned by a UN panel in Geneva today

Govt 'cautious' on enacting child protection law

14 Jan The Government has not implemented recent mandatory reporting legislation because it is concerned it will have to respond to a massive increase in inappropriate allegations of child abuse, a United Nations committee has heard.

Survivors are seeking an immediate State apology and redress

Call to widen probe into mother and baby homes

21 Dec Survivors of mother and baby homes and other residential institutions have gathered in Dublin to call for a widening of the terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into the homes.