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Last month
April 2023
# vivienne murphy
SF seeks investigation into lack of paediatric ICU beds in Cork after girl's death from Strep A
Parents of girl who died of Strep A urge parents and doctors to be vigilant about the illness.
This year
# Domestic Violence
Rate of pay for domestic violence leave should be worked out by end of summer, says minister
Work Life Balance Bill – which includes paid leave for domestic violence victims – has been passed.
Last year
# Child Maintenance
Calls for dedicated State service to pursue parents who fail to pay child maintenance
Support services for lone parents have pointed out that the adversarial and costly courts route is the only option available.
A review group comprised submitted a report on the child maintenance system to Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys in April, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Support services have said child maintenance is seen largely as a personal, parental obligation and therefore a matter of private family law.
Government's 'objective' to cut childcare costs before Christmas - Taoiseach
Martin warned that the toughest period in this crisis could be wintertime.
# cost of childcare
Parents paying nearly €800 in monthly fees per child in childcare, report finds
A new report finds that the average weekly fee nationally per child for full day childcare is €186.84.
# capping fees
Government to reduce childcare costs 'considerably' in the next Budget
Childcare fees will be capped at September 2021 levels if a deal can be done on pay and conditions.
Childcare fees will be capped at September 2021 levels if a deal can be done on pay and conditions.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says increased subsidies should be used to reduce costs considerably for parents.
Government believes a reduction in the cost of childcare 'will help with cost of living'.
Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare
Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers
# Reunited
'I hadn’t seen my parents for two-and-a-half years. It was really emotional'
Finlay Bealham shared a special moment with his family at Twickenham.
# Waiting Lists
Waiting lists for children's surgeries to be tackled by extending operating theatre hours
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said “far too many” children are waiting too long for orthopaedic surgery
All time
# storm barra
Schools across the country advised to 'open tomorrow as usual'
Schools are closed in 12 counties today.
# Delay
'Desperate' parents paying double to get birth certs via private companies amid registration delays
Private companies are capitalising on long delays in the birth registration system.
Parents are paying private companies more than twice the going rate to get birth certs for their children, Órla Ryan reports
There are long delays in registering children's births in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow
This is having a knock-on effect on them being issued with birth certs and applying for social welfare benefits
# Newborns
Parents face child benefit lag due to long delays in birth registration
The delay, caused by the HSE cyber attack, has been reduced from 16 weeks
Delays are due to the summer's cyber attack on the HSE, Aoife Barry reports
Parents have been reporting delays of two to three months for registration
Fears for vulnerable parents who can't access child benefit due to the delay
'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis
A report by
Lauren Boland
We asked readers to share their experiences of trying to find childcare in Ireland – here are their stories.
Every year, tens of thousands of parents around the country seek out childcare, but many say it has become an increasingly difficult search.
We asked readers to share their experiences and struggles with childcare in Ireland.
Here are their stories, collected by Lauren Boland.
Call for increased investment in early years childcare sector, especially for under threes
Opinion: 'Formal childcare for small babies in Dublin is a fiction. It effectively does not exist'
# Get in touch
Have you faced difficulties finding childcare for your young child? We want to hear your story
We want to piece together the picture of what finding childcare looks like in Ireland – here’s how you can take part.
# Back To School
Minister seeks to 'reassure parents' that a full reopening of schools is planned
Minister Norma Foley said the return of children to the classroom for the new school term is a priority.
# Pregnancy
'Two-tier system' means couples still forced to travel for termination after severe foetal diagnoses
The legislation is due to be reviewed this year.
# flu season
120,000 doses of children's flu vaccine destroyed due to low uptake, despite 'heavyweight' promotion campaign
The flu vaccine was free for children in Ireland for the first time in 2020.
# canvassing
Leaving Cert: Exam timetable released as parents could face 'sanctions' for lobbying
Norma Foley has said the sanctions could include students being barred from sitting exams.
Timetable to begin from Wednesday 9 June
Sanctions for grade lobbying could include barring students form exams
Reopening of schools likely to begin with LC students and young children
Leaving Cert plan confirmed: Students can opt for written exams in June or calculated grades
Junior Certificate examinations will not go ahead this year, Department confirms
# Supreme Court
Parents of brain-damaged boy lose Supreme Court appeal for control of medical treatment
The boy, known as John, suffered a devastating brain injury in road crash in 2020.
# parents
'Our kids are suffering': Some parents 'devastated' over failure to re-open special education as planned
Schools for children with special educational needs were due to re-open today.
# Pregnancy
Further restrictions in maternity hospitals as some decide to reverse decision allowing partners into 20-week scan
Some hospitals adapted their visiting restrictions for difficult situations such as pregnancy loss, stillbirth and unexpected complications.
# Children's Rights
Children with disabilities waiting years for assessment a violation of their rights, committee to be told
Over 6,000 children are currently overdue an assessment of their needs.
# services cut
People with disabilities have been ‘forgotten’ during pandemic, Dáil told
Day services have only reopened at 40% capacity.
# Vaccination
The flu vaccine and children: Here is everything parents need to know
“The flu vaccine is one of the safest vaccines we have, it’s one of the oldest vaccines we have,” a GP said.
# concerned parents
70% of primary school parents concerned about impact of Covid-19 on children's mental health
A quarter of parents are either “very” or “extremely” concerned about their children’s mental health.
# Childcare
State grants will ensure childcare providers should have no reason to increase fees, says minister
A €75 million funding package has been announced.
# new sex ed plan
Suggestions children aged 4 would be taught about masturbation called out as 'dangerous scaremongering'
The minister said the ethos of the school is central to any curriculum and will be protected.
# Smartphones
'Young people learn about sex through porn, many have no idea what a healthy relationship looks like'
Parents and teachers need to be better equipped to talk to young people about sex and relationships, Noeline Blackwell has said.
# Equality
'What we have in Ireland is not equal': Same-sex parents call for more legal rights to their children
The protest was held this afternoon outside the Department of Health building in Dublin.
# new parents
Paid maternity and paternity leave to be extended by two weeks
New legislation will provide for extra paid leave for each parent of a child who is born, or adopted, from 1 November 2019.
# budget 2020
Behind-the-scenes pressure on minister to raise inheritance tax threshold in the Budget
A tax-free threshold on transfers between parents and their children currently stands at €320,000.
# Your Say
Poll: Should voluntary contributions to schools be scrapped?
Parents can be asked to pay between €60 to €115.
# Back To School
Parents say they're avoiding paying bills to deal with the cost of sending their children to school
That’s according to the Barnardos School Costs Survey, published today.
# unpaid leave
Four more weeks of unpaid parental leave available from September
This will increase the unpaid parental leave from 18 weeks to 22 weeks from 1 September 2019.
# family first
'Our son Patrick is looking down on Leanne this weekend. She was very close to him'
A look through Leanne Kiernan’s rise to the top, through the highs and the lows, ahead of today’s FA Cup final.
# Michigan
Man sues parents for throwing away his €25k porn collection
The 40-year-old man’s father told him he had done him a favour by getting rid of his 12 boxes of films and magazines.
# Family Courts
Parents' focus on 'winning' custody battles is harming Irish children
An Oireachtas committee will today hear from various interest groups about proposals to reform the family law system.
Opinion: How to deal with your child's fear of the monsters under the bed
Philippa Perry writes about how not to shut children down, which might only encourage them not to talk to you about big and small things.
# careday19
Young people share their experiences in care: 'This was the chapter where I turned my life around'
A number of young people shared their experiences yesterday and said they want to erase the stigma attached to being in the care system.
# Parenting
Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law
The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.
# budget 2019
Parents to get an extra two weeks' paid parental leave from next year
The measure will be introduced from November 2019.