Darragh Dooley (4) has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He also  has learning difficulties. His parents,  both teachers, applied for a Medical card shortly after he was born but they were refused. They eventually were granted a medical card.

When Darragh Dooley turned four last week the celebrations were low key: a small party and a birthday cake shared with his grandparents and some of th(...)

Ellie Ward in Temple Street hospital, Dublin with her dad, John Ward. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill

From opposite ends of the country, Ade Stack and John Ward would probably have never met had their children not ended up on the same ward in Temple St(...)

There should be a wraparound service of care from the moment of a child’s diagnosis.

When RTÉ gets things wrong, it tends to get it in the neck, not least from this writer. However, sometimes it gets things very, very right, as (...)

 Binu Varghese with her 2½-year-old daughter Jovelyn  in Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

A two year-old girl, who is likely to die in childhood but who is well enough to leave hospital, cannot go permanently home as(...)

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