Jonathan Irwin, founder and chief executive of the Jack & Jill foundation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The trouble with living a packed life is that at least some of the things that happen along the way will be unpleasant. It’s something Jonathan Irwin (...)

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Pop culture’s first mega star Marilyn Monroe adds a sprinkling of pixie dust to this year’s Horse Show Ball, being held at the Four Seasons next Fr(...)

Mandy  and Tom Dunne, of Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, parents of Muireann who died after six weeks, with  nurse Joanne Doyle, left. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

The wooden bookcase is full of birth mementos, including a snap of an antenatal 3D scan, a bracelet, pair of little bootees, christening candle and(...)

The women’s mini marathon in Dublin: ‘I felt almost overwhelmed by the sheer force of the event.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The boy was about nine or 10, a born entrepreneur, standing with confidence at his handsome garden gate on Dublin’s Leeson Street, a plate of home-(...)

Micheál Martin: raised “time and again” with Taoiseach decision to end discretionary medical cards.

A woman with breast cancer and secondary growths has lost her medical card because she is €20 over the income eligibility limit, Fianna Fáil leader Mi(...)

Playful air: John Murray’s jolly front belies his ability for acute observations

In the uncertain world of radio, where positions are constantly under scrutiny and quarterly listenership figures cause ripples of anxiety, admitting (...)

Jonathan Iriwin: has a salary of €90,000 as chief executive of Jack and Jill, but took nothing for the first six years of existence

The founder of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation Jonathan Irwin has called on the chairman of the Central Remedial Clinic, Hamilton Goulding, to(...)

How can it make sense to provide free GP care to healthy young children while denying those who struggle with chronic disease the care they need and deserve? Photograph: PA

The Government’s decision to offer free GP care to all children aged five and under in the recent budget has provoked a strong reaction. Those in favo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is being called on  to protect children who are palliative and going home to die by giving them a medical card automatically. Photograph: Eric Luke

Medical cards should be given to terminally ill children ahead of the Government’s plan to expand eligibility to all under-5s, according to the head o(...)

A Co Kildare-based charity has had to return more than €130,000 in donations in recent weeks after its websit(...)