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The Coroner’s Court in Dublin. An inquest must be held to investigate any sudden, unnatural, violent or unexplained death, to determine the identity of the deceased, when and where they died, and, without apportioning liability, how they died. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The failure of successive governments to reform the “decreasingly fit for purpose” Coroners’ Courts system is creating “ongoing human rights violation(...)

Angelina Hynes and Zoe: ‘It took years for Zoe to develop the ability to feed herself with a spoon... she lost it all within weeks’

In the world of special needs education, the children at Rosedale special school have some of the highest needs in the country. They are also among th(...)

Service managers  are seeing an increase in severity of violence, reporting that women coming forward are increasingly the victims of vicious and violent physical attacks. Photograph: iStock

Calls to family support helplines surged after news broke on a Sunday night in October that an escalation to Level 5 of Living with Covid-19 was being(...)

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(...)

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