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JUL

Cabinet agrees to set digital age of consent at 13

Ireland is required to harmonise its laws with a European directive on data protection The digital age of consent refers to age from which it is legal for data controllers to hold data gathered from minors. Photograph: Thinkstock The Cabinet decided on Wednesday that the so-called “digital age of consent” should be set at 13. This refers to age from which it is legal for data controllers to hold data gathered from minors ...

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JUL

Irish League of Credit Union Survey Shows Many Parents Struggling to Fund Back to School

Concerns are being raised about the impact financial difficulties at home are having on children's education. The annual Irish League of Credit Unions back to school survey has found one in four parents will have to deny their youngsters basic items as they return to class this autumn. It's found families are struggling to pay for gym gear, school trips and school shoes. CEO of the National Parents Council Áine Lynch says the results are of concern ...

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JUL

Parents cutting items from back to school lists over costs

One in four parents will be forced to deny their children basic school items in September. The average back to-school outlay will be €1,209 per child, up from €1,185 last year, which is a 2% rise, according to a survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions. It shows that 20% of parents with primary school children and 31% of those with children attending secondary school intend cutting items from the back-to-school list ...

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JUL

Ombudsman for Childrens Office housing complaint shows childrens best interests not considered

The Ombudsman for Children?s Office (OCO), today (Monday) published an investigation about children who were homeless for two years after leaving a domestic violence situation. This investigation revealed that decisions made based on incorrect information and the delay in developing national quality standards negatively impacted on the children involved. It also showed that the process the family had to go through to access housing was not in the children?s best interests ...

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JUL

Minister tackled over lack of free drinking water for school children

Education Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Steve Humphreys A row has broken out over whether all schools are offering free drinking water to their pupils. The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has taken Education Minister Richard Bruton to task after he stated his officials were not aware of any school where pupils did not have access to a drinking water supply. Mr Bruton made the comments in reply to a recent parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil education spokesman Thomas Byrne ...

22
JUL

Why is the cost of special education soaring.

Analysis: State is playing catch-up in education policy after years of neglect Tracey Daly sign language interpterting at the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design. Photograph: Aidan Crawley When Marie O’Donoghue went looking for a special school for her intellectually disabled son Paul in the 1990s, the Department of Education’s response was blunt: he was, it said, “ineducable” ...

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