Not enough protection for children

Much has been made this week of the view of Maureen Lynott, chair of the Catholic Church's working group on child protection, that its new policy goes beyond the requirements of Children First, the State's child protection guidelines. Children First was also the result of a process chaired by Lynott so her view has been seen as particularly relevant. However, it should be noted that Children First, which has yet to be fully implemented, is in itself significantly flawed.

Church guidelines fall short

  • 21 December 2005
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Our Children, Our Church fails to follow some key recommendations of the Ferns Report, and rows back from an earlier draft

Regina Ceoli hostel not part of redress scheme

Marie Therese O'Loughlin is seeking the addition of the Regina Ceoli mother-and-baby unit to the institutions being considered by Residential Institutions Redress Board, so she can get redress for the injuries she received there in 1952.

No redress for Marie Therese

Aged 18 months, Marie Therese O'Loughlin fell into a blazing fire at a Legion of Mary mother-and-baby unit. Now she is seeking compensation under the Residential Institutions Redress Board. Emma Browne reports

Homeless people living in container

Homeless people in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin are being accommodated in containers due to a lack of hostel facilities in the area. The facility was started in January 2002 by Crosscare, a Catholic social agency in conjunction with the HSE and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. It consists of two portacabins that can accommodate 22 people. The facility is funded by the HSE and the County Council through the Department of Environment and Local Government, but managed by Crosscare. The night containers are housed in the grounds of the HSE on Tivoli road in Dún Laoghaire.

Health service

Underfunding, inequitable services and dysfunctional economic incentives are cited as contributing factors to Ireland's chaotic healthcare system. A new report from Irish Congress of Trade Unions, written by economist and journalist Maev-Ann Wren and American health policy expert Dale Tussing, exposes Government failures and warns against privatisation. By Sara Burke