Artist’s impression of proposed patient rooms at the site of the new state-of-the-art children’s hospital to be co-located at St James’s Hospital,  Dublin. Image: Children’s Hospital Group/PA Wire

Work on building the new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin will start in June with the clearance of existing buildings on (...)

Tina Priestley with  a picture of her son, Bobby, who died at the age of 13 months. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tina Priestley was six months pregnant with her fourth child when a routine scan showed that the baby’s head was much bigger than it should be. The(...)

Children want to help with their sibling with special needs, but they also want a normal family life. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s tough to have to explain to friends that rooms in your house are locked because of your sister. And it’s not easy seeing people stare when you’r(...)

Dawn Connelly and Alan Cullen’s children, Dara, Holly and Rio, at their home in Edenderry, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

It’s the milk going through a tube into the tummy of one-year-old Holly Cullen that her brothers’ friends find most interesting when they come to visi(...)

The procurement of major public projects in this State has been fraught with difficulties, whether they involved Luas, the Dublin Port Tunnel, the Poo(...)

Jonathan Irwin said he was still a strong supporter of Renua. Photograph: The Irish Times

Renua Ireland has lost a second general election candidate in two weeks with Jonathan Irwin confirming he will not be running for Lucinda Creighton’s (...)

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 (...)

A hot lot

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-(...)