Alison Begas, chief executive officer at the Dublin Well Woman Centre: says  there is a “lot of uncertainty” as to how the Department of Health expects crisis pregnancy counsellors to refer suicidal women

Clear protocols must be issued urgently to crisis pregnancy counsellors on how they should deal with suicidal pregnant women under new legislation (...)

Musical Memories choir rehearses. 2:34

When people develop dementia, they often withdraw from the community they have known all their lives for fear of getting lost, confused, not recognisi(...)

 Mark Kennedy, chairman The Homeless Oversight Group, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy  and Mark Byrne, CEO, at the launch of the Focus Ireland Annual Report, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

One family a day is ending up homeless despite repeated Government pledges to tackle the housing crisis, campaigners have warned.Speaking at the launc(...)

Patrick and Milana Kearns with their son and Milana’s daughter who Patrick wishes to adpot. Photograph: Barry Cronin

The Adoption Authority of Ireland, lone-parent organisations and legal practitioners have called for changes to legislation requiring mothers to adop(...)

Family Day last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Family Day, which takes place this Sunday in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, will honour family life in all its guises, from civil partnerships and the tradi(...)

Today, some separated men are in despair because they have little or no access to their children or because they have little or no capacity to (...)

In a recent column I suggested that fathers who banished their daughters, up to and including the 1970s, for becoming pregnant outside marriage(...)

Evelyn Forde and Annette Hunter-Evans, founders of Cherish. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As soon as the “little tot” was put in her arms the feeling of all- consuming love took her breath away. “The overwhelming outpouring of love was some(...)

Charlotte McCallum Mallard (right) and her wife Beth Mallard and their 22-month-old daughter Lola, at home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy
Modern family

Christmas Day celebrations have come a long away since the manger, and today’s festive families can be made up of everyone from friends and neighbo(...)

The €1,650 tax credit was previously available to both working parents sharing parenting after separation. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is considering a small change to a budget measure in which a tax credit for single-parent families is to be allocated next year to the (...)