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From TheJournal.ie 'I've can't lift my arms, brush my hair, or even go to the toilet alone': Children still waiting on Spinraza drug, Dáil told Dáil

'I've can't lift my arms, brush my hair, or even go to the toilet alone': Children still waiting on Spinraza drug, Dáil told

The drug is used to treat SMA which can develop in babies and toddlers and can significantly reduce life expectancy.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's been a long 16 weeks': Anticipation tinged with nerves as creches prepare to re-open Childcare

'It's been a long 16 weeks': Anticipation tinged with nerves as creches prepare to re-open

Providers say they’ve done everything they can to make things seem normal for children.

From TheJournal.ie Majority of children and teenagers with Covid-19 only experience mild symptoms, according to new research Symptomatic

Majority of children and teenagers with Covid-19 only experience mild symptoms, according to new research

A separate study also published by the Lancet examined brain function complications as a result of Covid-19.

From TheJournal.ie Ombudsman expresses 'grave concern' over potential abolition of Department of Children Ombudsman

Ombudsman expresses 'grave concern' over potential abolition of Department of Children

The Children’s Ombudsman has written a letter to the three party leaders involved in government formation talks.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped?

A proposal to merge the Department of Children with the Department of Education is being considered.

From TheJournal.ie State grants will ensure childcare providers should have no reason to increase fees, says minister Childcare

State grants will ensure childcare providers should have no reason to increase fees, says minister

A €75 million funding package has been announced.

From TheJournal.ie 'Play-pods' of up to 12 children to be introduced in creches as they reopen from 29 June Childcare

'Play-pods' of up to 12 children to be introduced in creches as they reopen from 29 June

These services will first be made available to children of essential workers and those experiencing poverty or welfare issues.

From TheJournal.ie The government's Covid-19 childcare plans, while noble, will not benefit children Opinion

The government's Covid-19 childcare plans, while noble, will not benefit children

Karen Clince of Tigers Childcare says there is another way to provide childcare safely, and she has some suggestions.

From TheJournal.ie 'Shambolic': Government told to 'go back to the drawing board' over failed childcare scheme for healthcare workers Coronavirus

'Shambolic': Government told to 'go back to the drawing board' over failed childcare scheme for healthcare workers

The scheme has been scrapped after just six providers had applied to take part.

From TheJournal.ie Three children in New York die of rare disease that could be linked to Covid-19 Kawasaki Disease

Three children in New York die of rare disease that could be linked to Covid-19

While no link has been formally established to the new coronavirus, scientists believe the Kawasaki disease could be connected.

From TheJournal.ie Childcare providers have until Tuesday to sign up to wage subsidy scheme Covid-19

Childcare providers have until Tuesday to sign up to wage subsidy scheme

Wages of thousands of employees working in the childcare sector will be topped up to a maximum of €586 a week.

From TheJournal.ie Court-ordered access to children for separated parents advised to continue during pandemic Law Society

Court-ordered access to children for separated parents advised to continue during pandemic

The pandemic can’t be used as an “excuse to prevent separated parents having contact with their children”, the Law Society says.

From TheJournal.ie Parents will not have to pay for childcare they are not receiving during Covid-19 crisis, says Taoiseach Emergency Measures

Parents will not have to pay for childcare they are not receiving during Covid-19 crisis, says Taoiseach

The government is to pay a proportion of childcare staff costs during the closure period.

From TheJournal.ie Disney+ launches in Ireland today, here are our top picks to watch first Entertainment

Disney+ launches in Ireland today, here are our top picks to watch first

The new streaming service has over 500 films and thousands of television episodes.

From TheJournal.ie 'Isolated at home with their tormentor': Childline experiences increase in calls since closure of schools Child Abuse

'Isolated at home with their tormentor': Childline experiences increase in calls since closure of schools

The ISPCC said home is not a happy place for all children and they do not have their regular support network in schools anymore.

From TheJournal.ie Some supermarkets are banning children - but does the science back up their reasons? Covid19 Facts

Some supermarkets are banning children - but does the science back up their reasons?

One experts says that it has not been confirmed yet if children are vectors.

From TheJournal.ie Are playdates okay? The HSE's advice on social distancing for children Covid19

Are playdates okay? The HSE's advice on social distancing for children

The HSE said parents should be practical in minimising the risk, while allowing some semblance of normality to continue.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic group that taped students together in sex ed talks develops presentation for primary schools Pure In Heart

Catholic group that taped students together in sex ed talks develops presentation for primary schools

Teenagers have previously spoken to TheJournal.ie about the presentations in secondary schools – in one case a group was told condoms fail one in six times.

From TheJournal.ie Parents of children affected by scoliosis spinal rod recall to be contacted by surgeons in next 24 hours Magec

Parents of children affected by scoliosis spinal rod recall to be contacted by surgeons in next 24 hours

Thirty-one such devices have been placed on the Irish market, sparking concern among many parents.

From TheJournal.ie 'You're not screening for them': Concern that trafficked Irish children are falling through the cracks Child Protection

'You're not screening for them': Concern that trafficked Irish children are falling through the cracks

The OSCE’s special representative for combating human trafficking said children in foster care or those who came from abusive backgrounds are particularly vulnerable.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland ranks in bottom 30 in world for tackling carbon emissions, according to UN report Warning

Ireland ranks in bottom 30 in world for tackling carbon emissions, according to UN report

The UN called on countries to take immediate action to safeguard childrens’ futures.

From TheJournal.ie Toddlers who view screens for over three hours a day are 'less physically active at age five' Screen Time

Toddlers who view screens for over three hours a day are 'less physically active at age five'

That’s according to a new study carried out on 500 children.

From TheJournal.ie Half of primary school students unable to kick a ball properly, study finds Basic Skills

Half of primary school students unable to kick a ball properly, study finds

Half of children studied were found to be unable to kick a ball properly.

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí identify the children whose bodies were found in Dublin home as brothers and sister Newcastle

Gardaí identify the children whose bodies were found in Dublin home as brothers and sister

The three bodies were discovered by gardaí in Newcastle last night.

From TheJournal.ie Bodies of three children found at Dublin house Newcastle

Bodies of three children found at Dublin house

Gardaí are currently attending the scene of the incident at a house in Newcastle, Co Dublin.

From TheJournal.ie Christmas FM raises €412,000 for Barretstown children's charity Christmas Spirit

Christmas FM raises €412,000 for Barretstown children's charity

The original goal of €250,000 was well surpassed.

From TheJournal.ie 'The tobacco industry targeting e-cigarettes at young people is cynical, sickening and dangerous' Simon Harris

'The tobacco industry targeting e-cigarettes at young people is cynical, sickening and dangerous'

A survey of over 15,500 schoolchildren in Ireland explored their relationship with alcohol, smoking, sex, food and exercise.

From TheJournal.ie €2 million in funding for IVF and fertility treatment set to be announced by government Infertility

€2 million in funding for IVF and fertility treatment set to be announced by government

One course of IVF treatment can cost between €4,000 and €4,500.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar says councils should help pay for property inspectors instead of 'investing in white-water rafting' Housing

Varadkar says councils should help pay for property inspectors instead of 'investing in white-water rafting'

St Vincent De Paul has called for more support from the government to retrofit homes.

From TheJournal.ie Number of mumps cases in 2019 four times higher than last year Vaccines

Number of mumps cases in 2019 four times higher than last year

The HSE said has said the increase in numbers is linked to the spread of misinformation about vaccines on social media.

From TheJournal.ie Teenage girl was on mental health waiting list for three months before suicide National Review Panel

Teenage girl was on mental health waiting list for three months before suicide

Niamh’s case is among three child deaths examined by the National Review Panel.

From TheJournal.ie Some contractor claims for new children's hospital not under board's control, committee to hear Cost Overruns

Some contractor claims for new children's hospital not under board's control, committee to hear

The fact some measures of the project remain uncosted is ‘laughable’ says Labour’s Alan Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Professor Luke O'Neill on how to get your children interested in science (plus: two experiments to try at home) Experiments

Professor Luke O'Neill on how to get your children interested in science (plus: two experiments to try at home)

The Irish professor of biochemistry has written a new book aimed at children, which is nominated for an An Post Irish Book Award.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should there be a ban on selling sweets beside shop checkouts? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should there be a ban on selling sweets beside shop checkouts?

The Irish Heart Foundation has launched a plan to cut childhood obesity rates by half in the next decade.

From TheJournal.ie Chair of Tusla says 'journey of reform' lies ahead with further improvements needed 'on a daily basis' Tusla

Chair of Tusla says 'journey of reform' lies ahead with further improvements needed 'on a daily basis'

The former Labour Party leader was addressing foster carers at a conference this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Single parents will be forced onto social welfare if childcare costs are not addressed Opinion

Opinion: Single parents will be forced onto social welfare if childcare costs are not addressed

The new National Childcare Scheme could see lone parents losing out on subsidies.

From TheJournal.ie Paid maternity and paternity leave to be extended by two weeks 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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The mental health of our children should be the focus of Budget 2020, not Brexit Opinion

Opinion: The mental health of our children should be the focus of Budget 2020, not Brexit

A bereaved mother says no child deserves to die because of poorly-resourced mental health services.

From TheJournal.ie Harris hits out at politicians trying to get him to meet vaping company reps Vaping

Harris hits out at politicians trying to get him to meet vaping company reps

The minister said tobacco companies are ‘despicable’ for targeting children with e-cigarettes.

From TheJournal.ie An increasing number of children are sharing nude or sexually explicit photos on social media Garda Crime Unit

An increasing number of children are sharing nude or sexually explicit photos on social media

The committee was told about a girl wanted to take her own life after an ex-boyfriend shared images of her without her permission.

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