Genetic counselling is about trying to explain the condition, how it’s inherited and to explain any genetic testing results. Photograph: iStock

Coming to terms with a genetic illness in the family can leave a person with many questions. What does this mean for me? What does this mean for my ch(...)

Daphne Cronin and her son Michael at home in Drumcondra, Dublin. It was a random internet search when the family was struggling that threw up what turned out to be a ‘life changer’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“We were never told.” A sense of incredulity is audible in Daphne Cronin’s voice. For her son Michael, now aged 23, brain injury was a result of life(...)


For as long back as he can remember, Dylan would go to bed at night and pray that he would wake up a boy. “I had no idea. I would have classified him (...)

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, has apologised in the High Court to a couple for shortcomings in care provided to them, including the issuing of an incorrect genetic report. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, has apologised to a couple for shortcomings in care provided to them, including the issuing of an incorrect g(...)

Louise Liam Mac an Tsaoi  from Clonberne, Co Galway, with seven-year-old son Liam

Louise Mac an Tsaoi is married to Seán and has three sons – Fiachna (27), Cormac (25) and Liam (7). Every week, we will honour someone dese(...)

The scheme could relieve some families of the added stress of finding parking when visiting the hospital. Above, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

A new scheme aimed at providing more parking spaces for the families of children attending Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, is calli(...)

Newborn babies do not respond optimally to most vaccines due to their immature immune system. Photograph: Nicole S Young/E+/Getty

Irish scientists have discovered a distinct immune response system in newborn babies, which could lead to a reduction in the age at which vaccines can(...)

A psychiatrist has told the Seanad of a severe  lack of beds in the child and adolescent mental health service in Ireland. Photograph: iStock/File

It is almost impossible for medical professionals to find a hospital bed for a child or adolescent struggling with mental health problems, a psychiatr(...)

The clinical expertise to set up a heart transplant programme for children and carry out the operations now exists in Ireland, according to Prof Jim Egan, director of Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Plans are being made to establish the first Irish heart transplant programme for children, amid safety concerns about current arrangements that see pa(...)

The Oireachtas health committee heard that Government departments were “high on aspiration and frighteningly low on detail”. Photograph: Getty Images

Thousands of Irish patients could lose the option of being treated in the North in the event of a hard Brexit, the Oireachtas health committee has bee(...)

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