Tracy Carroll and her daughter Willow at their home. Photograph: Tom Honan

“Good morning cheeky face,” says Catherine Fullerton to Willow Carroll. Willow is two years and 10 months old and has spastic quadriplegic cere(...)

Kerrie Nelson and her son James with nurse Naomi Jackson. Photograph: Tom Honan

James Nelson is 20 months old. He was born with no complications but, shortly after birth, he started to experience breathing difficulties and(...)

Postcards from the edge: Taken from The world exists to be put on a postcard, by Jeremy Cooper

The advent of different technologies dates us. Those born before calculators can usually manage mental arithmetic. Those who don’t remember calculator(...)

Ailidh Farrell and her teddy ‘Woofer’ at the Teddy Bear Hospital at the RCSI. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

Killian McClean’s alien teddy, Stitch, managed to travel across the galaxy unscathed but suffered “tonnes of injuries” on earth after falling from sev(...)

Rob Delaney with his two-year-old son, Henry, who died last January. Photograph: Rob Delaney/Facebook

The actor Rob Delaney has been speaking about his family’s grief at their first Christmas without his two-year-old son, Henry, who died last January. (...)

The unwritten sympathy card. The phone number not dialled. The quick dodge into the next supermarket aisle. They are all symptoms of the “I don’t kno(...)

Patricia Frost (left) and her solicitor Cathy McDarby pictured leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A boy who witnessed an attack on his toddler sister by a Brazilian tapir at Dublin Zoo, and saw his parents injured while attempting to save the girl,(...)

Oliver Callan’s entertainment company made an annual profit of €178,000 last year. (Photograph: Collins Courts)

The entertainment company owned by satirist and impersonator Oliver Callan has reported accumulated profits of more than €600,000 in accounts just fil(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris won’t meet Tanya Coonan or her group, Every Life Counts, and has never met the other groups like One Day More who represent parents of babies with life-limiting conditions. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Parents whom I know whose baby was diagnosed with a life-limiting condition before birth not only had to cope with the devastating news, but with desp(...)

“The families of these precious children are excluded from obtaining any benefits from either their life cover or child serious-illness benefit,” says Jonathan Irwin

The founder of a leading charity working with sick children has challenged the Irish insurance industry to explain why it will not offer specified-ill(...)

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