One Family

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Food poverty has emerged as in issue in the pandemic with families who may ordinarily have benefitted from the school meals programme struggling. File photograph: Alan Betson

Lone parents who lost work due to Covid-19 but cannot take a job because of lack of childcare should continue to get the Pandemic Unemployment Payment(...)

Karen Kiernan said One Family had “never dealt with the amount of food and hunger issues” and at every meeting she attended since March people have talked about “food and hunger”. Photograph:iStock

The level of food poverty and hunger a leading single parents’ organisation has seen in the last six months has been “tragic”, its chief executive has(...)

The Ferguson, O’Connor and Petraskova families in Thomastown Co Kilkenny. From left: Jarrad Ferguson, Jana Petraskova, Nathaniel Ferguson (4) Ronia O’Connor (13) Joshua Ferguson (3) Muirne O’Connor and Aesien O’Connor Ferguson (10). Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Take two homes, three parents, four children; throw in one broken marriage and mix into a family unit. It sounds like a recipe for disaster. But not (...)

Children want to spend time with parents and not always with new blended families, unless you are very lucky. File photograph: Getty

It takes a lot of clarity to make blended families work, says Karen Kiernan, chief executive of One Family, which works not only with people who are m(...)

David McCormack and Sam Dunne with their son Rian. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you had asked Sam Dunne two years ago if she and her former partner, David McCormack, were sharing the parenting of their son Rian, she would have (...)

Malachy Clerkin with his daughter Cara in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

EIGHT different kinds of dad, some new, some wise with experience, on how fatherhood has changed them In Ireland, mothers are sentimentalised to(...)

The circumstances of individual families vary and the individual needs of children and parents can be different

Questions 1) I am a separated mother with a six-year-old son. Her father lives at the other end of the country and she had a routine of seeing him ev(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: No specific guidelines were issued for the nursing home sector and weeks went by with no top-level engagement between the Department of Health and private home operators. Photograph: Alan Betson

Why were we not better prepared? Covid-19 hits older people hardest. From early March, when major outbreaks of the disease occurred in nursing homes (...)

At this time, the issues potentially facing all families are the same, but the level it affects them depends on their circumstances

The metaphorical village it takes to raise a child has been boarded up during this phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Those normal interactions with teac(...)

Social distancing is 'just impossible'  in a communal refuge, Dundalk Women’s Aid manager Ann Larkin said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Four families of women and children fleeing domestic violence had to leave their refuge in Dundalk in the last fortnight for their own safety amid con(...)

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