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No 'quiet deals' on use of State lands for housing, says Coveney

Posted on 28, Apr 2017

Agreements between local authorities and developers to use publicly owned land for housing will be "fully transparent" and designed to get maximum use from the State's extensive land bank. Housing Minister Simon Coveney said there would be no "quiet deals" struck between council chief executives and builders, adding t ...more>>

Abuse survivor Grace gets €6m after 'scandalous' failures by the State

Posted on 28, Apr 2017

A €6.3m HSE-funded settlement package for the woman with serious intellectual disabilities known as 'Grace' includes punitive damages for the serious failings in her care. The package was approved by the president of the High Court for the "literally voiceless" woman who was entrusted to HSE care as a young child until ...more>>

Denis Naughten: Strangers snatch children online

Posted on 28, Apr 2017

Strangers are snatching our children by their fingertips, not on roadsides, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has warned. “A recent high-profile case concerning a Canadian man who has been jailed for grooming an Irish teenager online for sex is an example of the real dangers that exist,” Mr Naughten told a Child Safety S ...more>>

Males are more likely to drop out of college

Posted on 27, Apr 2017

Male students and people with lower Leaving Certificate points are prominent among more than 6,000 who drop out annually before they reach the second year of third-level courses. While overall dropout rates from 26 colleges fell slightly to 15% in the latest figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), courses related to construction a ...more>>

Many people would hide mental health issues - survey

Posted on 27, Apr 2017

Almost 40% of people would conceal a mental health problem from their family and friends, according to a new survey. The study was conducted by See Change, a programme set up to change behaviour and attitudes surrounding mental health in Ireland. Almost 1,000 people over the age of 18 were surveyed by See Change. The research found t ...more>>

‘€1bn hospital is far more important than my children’, says father of kids with cystic fibrosis

Posted on 27, Apr 2017

The father of two children with cystic fibrosis welcomed the news that Ireland’s €1bn world-class children’s hospital has been given the green light by the Government after over 20 years of planning. Louis Roden, who campaigned for 15 years for a new children’s hospital in Ireland said his two children, like countless ...more>>

Harris to seek Cabinet sign-off on children's hospital

Posted on 26, Apr 2017

Minister for Health Simon Harris will today seek Cabinet approval for the construction of the new National Children's Hospital. The billion euro project will amalgamate Temple Street Hospital, Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin and the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght on the campus of St James's Hospital in Dublin. Co ...more>>

Number of homeless children reaches record high

Posted on 26, Apr 2017

New figures shows 2,137 children in emergency accommodation in Dublin The numbers of homeless children in Dublin, and nationally, are now at their highest rate since records began. The latest figures, published on Tuesday by the Department of Housing, show there were 2,137 children in emergency accommodation in Dublin during the week of ...more>>

Baby boxes introduced at Irish hospital

Posted on 26, Apr 2017

It's hoped that the initiative will reduce cot deaths among infants A new initiative has been launched at Wexford General Hospital aimed at reducing and raising awareness around infant mortality. Every baby born at the hospital will receive a Baby Box, made from durable cardboard, and come with a firm mattress, waterproof mattress co ...more>>

Accommodation issues force 400 to stay in direct provision

Posted on 21, Apr 2017

Irish Refugee Council highlights lack of support for people who were granted asylum More than 400 people who have been granted asylum are still living in direct provision centres because they have been unable to find suitable or affordable accommodation. The total number in direct provision fell by 89 in the year to the end of March to 4 ...more>>

Landlords warned to respect anti-discrimination legislation

Posted on 21, Apr 2017

Letting agent fined €3,000 after discriminating against single mother Landlords are often “blissfully unaware” of anti-discrimination legislation when it comes to renting property, it has been claimed. A letting agent was ordered to pay a single mother €3,000 having been found to have discriminated against her lone ...more>>

We must engage with adverse effects of technology on children

Posted on 21, Apr 2017

Vicky Britton explores adverse effects of technology exposure on children and how health professionals are trying to grapple with a problem the extent of which is not yet known. It’s too early to examine the long-term impact of technology on our children’s cognitive and social skills, leaving parents in the dark about how technol ...more>>

Automated online childcare supports to start early next year, Dáil told

Posted on 14, Apr 2017

Tánaiste Fitzgerald responds as Labour leader raises problems with IT system A fully automated online system for parents accessing childcare supports will be available from early next year, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil. “It will be much more efficient in terms of administration,’’ she said. ...more>>

Placing of children in adult mental health units slammed by MHC

Posted on 14, Apr 2017

The placing of children in mental health units meant only for adults has been sharply criticised by the Mental Health Commission (MHC). In a series of inspection reports, the MHC was extremely critical of a number of units in Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Kerry for a range of issues, including the poor state of the premises, lack of cleanliness ...more>>

Obese youngsters are missing school due to the misery of bullying

Posted on 14, Apr 2017

Six in 10 obese children are victims of bullying and many are missing days from school as a result. More than one-in-three children referred to the obesity service in Temple St Hospital in Dublin had emotional difficulties, a new study has revealed. They suffered low mood, lack of self-esteem and were involved in deliberate self-harm. ...more>>

'Clean eating' a ticking timebomb that puts young at risk of fractures

Posted on 13, Apr 2017

The 'clean eating' diet fad is a "ticking timebomb" that could leave young people with severely weak bones and cost the Irish taxpayer millions of euro to treat, the Osteoporosis Society has warned. Social media is regularly flooded with photos of the diet trend when includes 'clean' foods that are cooked from scrat ...more>>

Three babies born to mothers in prison in 2016

Posted on 13, Apr 2017

A total of three babies were born to mothers in prison custody in 2016 - equalling the highest annual number in recent years. The trend of last year has continued with one baby being born to a mother in custody so far in 2017. According to figures provided by Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, the three births last ...more>>

Deal reached to supply ground breaking Orkambi drug to CF patients

Posted on 13, Apr 2017

A deal has been reached "in principle" on a price for the cystic fibrosis drugs Orkambi and Kalydeco, Health Minister Simon Harris announced today. It means the ground breaking drug could be available to people with cystic fibrosis from May 1. Around 550 people with cystic fibrosis have been campaigning for the availability of ...more>>

Warning issued over WhatsApp scam which tricks people into installing viruses

Posted on 11, Apr 2017

Anyone who receives an email from WhatsApp with a subject line saying 'Missed Call' is being warned not to open it. The content of the mail reads 'New Voice Message'. There's also a 'Play' button in the email for you to 'listen' to your message - which will download a trojan virus if you click on it. ...more>>

Elderly home care scheme is likely to be means-tested

Posted on 11, Apr 2017

Out-of-pocket payments vital to maintaining schemes, says report Older people are likely to undergo a means test and pay a significant out-of-pocket payment towards home care under the first statutory scheme to be introduced here. The public will be able to say how much they can pay and what they want from a scheme which would guarantee ...more>>

Over 100 people allegedly sent to 'concentration camps' for gay men in Chechnya

Posted on 11, Apr 2017

Over 100 gay men have been sent to concentration camps for homosexuals in Chechnya and three people have been killed, a new report has claimed. Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and human rights activists allege that anyone authorities suspect are gay is rounded up and sent to these camps,  where inmates are reportedly tortured. A spo ...more>>

'I couldn't believe they over-medicated my father to shut him up because he was singing'

Posted on 10, Apr 2017

During a debate on proposed new laws to protect the vulnerable, Senator Lynn Ruane opened up about her own experience. “Your Dad was singing all night.” I could not believe that the health service decided to over-medicate my father to shut him up because he was singing at night to get him through the pain. Senator Lynn Ruane ...more>>

Gay couple face caning after arrest in Indonesia

Posted on 10, Apr 2017

Indonesia's Aceh looks set to cane two men who admitted having sex in contravention of Islamic laws, an official said this morning, the first such punishment of a gay couple in the conservative province. They face up to 100 strokes if found guilty of breaking Aceh's sharia regulations after they were caught in late March by a group o ...more>>

New warning to elderly on 'too good to be true' scam fraudsters

Posted on 10, Apr 2017

Elderly people who own shares have been warned not to let investment fraudsters offering "too good to be true" deals trick them into parting with their cash. There has been a spate of attempts by swindlers from overseas companies cold-calling investors and trying to scam money from them. The con artists tend to target people over t ...more>>

Vegan mother forced by courts to vaccinate her children

Posted on 07, Apr 2017

A vegan mother who wanted her sons to live a "toxin free" life will be forced to make them receive routine vaccinations after the UK High Court overruled her objections. "I am truly sorry that the mother will regard the decision as wrong, but my objective duty is clear," Judge Mark Rogers said, before ordering that the bo ...more>>

Over 870 alleged historic abuse cases have no social worker

Posted on 07, Apr 2017

Retrospective sex allegations generally made by adults but perpetrators may still be active total of 871 cases of alleged historical child sex abuse have yet to be allocated to a social worker, figures seen by The Irish Times show. The largest number of cases are in Cork, where 200 open files on historic sex abuse allegations remain unal ...more>>

'Just 24 hours after leaving toddler Ruairí at crèche, he was gone'

Posted on 07, Apr 2017

An Irish mother who lost her six-month-old son to meningitis has spoken out about the tragedy. Margaret Smith from Wexford and her husband Robert were thrilled when they welcomed two healthy baby boys into the world. "I came quite late to motherhood. I was 43 when I had my first baby [Micheál] and I was 45 when I was pregnant ...more>>

Daffodil Care Services Jobs Bulletin

Posted on 06, Apr 2017

Daffodil Care Services are significantly expanding our service, with new residential centres being established in 2017. The first of our new services will be opening in North Cork, a mainstream residential unit, established in response to an increased demand for residential services with a therapeutic based approach. We are now hiring fo ...more>>

Positive child protection review for Good Shepherd

Posted on 06, Apr 2017

Charity almost totally compliant with all child protection standards, board finds Of the four reviews published by the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children that of the Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd congregation is far and away the best. Conducted in December 2015, it was found to be almost totally c ...more>>

European police forcing migrants to strip and walk back over border according to NGO report

Posted on 06, Apr 2017

Violence, brutality and unlawful treatment by authorities are frequent according to the 140 people interviewed. People fleeing war, persecution and poverty describe beatings, robbery and inhumane treatment at the hands of police, border guards and other officials, in a new report published by NGOs. The report A Dangerous ‘Game ...more>>

Calls for Tusla to have no role in child court guardian scheme

Posted on 06, Apr 2017

ISPCC warns funding from Child and Family Agency will lead to lack of trust in scheme Children’s advocacy groups have criticised the Government for Tusla’s role in the Childcare Amendment Bill, saying the new scheme requires complete independence to ensure the voices of children are clearly heard by the courts system. Represe ...more>>

Stressed-out doctors turn to drink and drugs in rise of mental health issues

Posted on 05, Apr 2017

The 50 doctors, dentists and pharmacists treated for addiction and mental health problems last year are likely to be the "tip of the iceberg" of health professionals with similar issues, it emerged yesterday. Dr Ide Delargy, a Dublin GP, estimated that more than 2,000 of the 25,000 professionals in the country have issues, includin ...more>>

Pieta House launches teen resilience initiative

Posted on 05, Apr 2017

Teenagers are to be trained in coping skills and how to develop inner resilience in a new six-week course offered by mental health charity Pieta House. The course, from the Pieta House Resilience Academy, has already been successfully piloted. It has shown positive results in helping young people develop tools to deal with upset and setb ...more>>

Dear David Coleman: My 5-year-old son soils himself and he deliberately avoids going to the toilet

Posted on 05, Apr 2017

Clinical psychologist David Coleman offers parenting advice in his weekly column. Q. I am concerned about my 5-year-old son soiling himself. I will notice him crouching down in a corner as if holding or preventing himself from doing a poo. I will ask him to go to toilet and he says he doesn't need to, then when I check him he will have s ...more>>

Europe overtakes the US as hotbed of child porn images

Posted on 04, Apr 2017

Europe has become the global hotbed for hosting child abuse images amid fears predators are exploiting new website addresses to hide indecent material, according to research. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) found the continent now houses the majority (60pc) of the paedophilic web pages it detected online, leapfrogging North America in th ...more>>

Bid to end adversarial childcare hearings

Posted on 04, Apr 2017

The minister for children, Katherine Zappone, pledges to ‘revisit laws’ so we can ‘do better for children’. The minister for children has signalled moves to end the “adversarial” nature of childcare court proceedings with a proposed review of the Child Care Act central to reforms. Katherine Zappone mad ...more>>

HSE not to seek contraceptive implants for mentally ill woman

Posted on 04, Apr 2017

Executive had previously sought court orders permitting procedure for pregnant woman The HSE has decided against seeking High Court orders allowing doctors administer long-term contraceptive implants to a heavily pregnant mentally ill woman. The HSE indicated last week it might seek orders allowing implants be administered when a schedul ...more>>