• HSE and Tusla Staff in Mayo have launched their annual Bronntanas Appeal for Christmas 2019.

    Now in its 17th year, the Bronntanas project sees children from less fortunate families receive a Christmas gift anonymously during the festive season.

    Bronntanas volunteers are given the initials of a child, their age, whether they are a boy or girl, and what they would like for Christmas and then buy an appropriate gift for that child.

    Last year, the Bronntanas Appeal resulted in gifts being given to over 450 children.

    Teresa Quinn, one of the organisers of the Bronntanas appeal, told Midwest Radio News that she is hopeful that people will show the same kindness and generosity again this year.

    If you would like to help a child in Co Mayo in this way, please contact Teresa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 087 9962152.

  • 634 'high priority' children have not been allocated a social worker by Tusla.

    They are among more than 5,100 kids living in the community who haven't been assigned one.

    A further 472 children in state care have not been allocated a social worker, according to Tusla's latest figures.

    Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil's spokesperson for children, says an urgent recruitment drive is needed:


  • New figures show almost 6,000 children are waiting to see a social worker.

    According to Tusla, 949 of these children are regarded as 'high-priority' cases.

    Meanwhile, a total of 600 children in state care are waiting for a social worker to be assigned to them.

    Fianna Fáil's spokesperson for children, Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte, says the figures are shocking:

  • Fianna Fáil's spokesperson for children claims Ireland has tougher laws for dirty kitchens than creches.

    Galway TD Anne Rabbitte is calling for Tusla to have more powers to take action against childcare facilities where there's a risk to children.

    It's after the RTÉ Investigates documentary into Hyde and Seek Childcare in Dublin.

    Tusla will appear before the Oireachtas children's committee on Wednesday - and Deputy Anne Rabbitte says action is needed.

  • The Government is to cut the costs of childminders for parents under new proposals.

    Children's Minister Katherine Zappone is launching the Draft Childminding Action Plan today which aims to support parents who use Tusla registered childminders.

    According to the Irish Independent, the plan proposes extending the National Childcare Scheme that is used to offset creche fees.

    But the plan doesn't include parents whose relatives look after their children such as grandparents.

  • A Mayo TD says that Tusla needs to increase investment in community based facilities in Mayo.

    Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers was responding to the recent HIQA report Into Tusla at a recent sitting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.
    Highlighting the challenges that the report identified, and the implications for children and families, Deputy Chambers reminded Tusla management of commitments that they have made to improving facilities delivered in communities across the county, and specifically in Co. Mayo, which could assist in addressing the resource shortages the report was highly critical of.
    Deputy Chambers highlighted the case being made in Co. Mayo for additional resources, citing the application submitted from Erris to establish a Family Resource Centre. The Mayo Children and Young Peoples Services Committee, which is resourced by Tusla, have, amongst others, identified the case for this FRC in Erris.

    Deputy Chambers said Tusla should listen to other parts of their organisations and open these facilities now.

  • Former Minister Pat Rabbitte has been appointed Chairperson of the board of Tusla.

    The former Labour leader was appointed this morning after cabinet approval.

    Minister Katherine Zappone welcomed the appointment of Mr Rabbitte to the Child and Family Agency.

    The Ballinidne native takes over from Norah Gibbons, who was the first Chairperson of the Board of Tusla since its establishment in 2014.


    This week is Tusla National Fostering Week, and the child & family agency are appealing for more people in Mayo to get involved in foster care.

    Across Co Mayo, over 100 foster carers open their home to children, and a coffee morning will take place in Lough Lannagh , Castlebar tomorrow morning to give more information to anyone interested in finding out about fostering in Mayo.

    Karen Hope, social work team leader with Tusla in Mayo, says they're looking for people from all walks of life and all backgrounds to consider getting involved in fostering children.