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Mother ‘strangled while pregnant’

CLARE’S Family Law Court has heard details of domestic violence which was perpetrated on a mother-of-three. During one incident, she was knocked unconscious and on another occasion had been strangled while pregnant. The evidence emerged during an application by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, last Friday for a full care order to be made in respect of three children. A social worker told the court that the three children, the eldest being 10, have been known to the services since 2008, when the children were found to be soiled, dirty and barefoot. In 2009, two of the children, then aged one and two, were found unsupervised in a take-away outlet away from their home. The court heard the eldest, a boy, suffers from ADHD and the mother was unable to manage his behaviour. The boy had disclosed that he did not want to go back to his mother, as there was a violent partner in the picture. She detailed …

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Childline remains open

A funding agreement, which will assist in ensuring that Childline stays open 24 hours a day, has been confirmed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and ISPCC/Childline. Recently thse ISPCC, which operates Childline, had warned that funding difficulties in the organisation could force the closure of overnight services. The agreement respects the desire of ISPCC/Childline to remain independent, while at the same time ISPCC has agreed to work with the department in supporting developments in the area of child protection. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly who completed the agreement with Mr Dan Flinter, chairman of the ISPCC, congratulated both sides on the successful discussions that have led to today’s announcement. The agreement will see funding provided over a two year period and is aimed at supporting the ISPCC to return to financial sustainability in respect of the Childline service. Dr Reilly has also strongly welcomed the ISPCC agreement involving his department and the …

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