Martina Murphy with her two-year-old son Ethan in their home in Lusk. Martina cares for her mother since  her father passed away. Photograph: Alan Betson

“I knew there had to be a name for it,” Martina Murphy says as we discuss her carer role as part of the “sandwich generation” – the name given to thos(...)

Daisy (6) with her sister Ellie and mother Lynn. Photograph: Aaron Daly

The mother of a six-year-old girl, who is approaching the end of her life, had to set up a GoFundMe page to fund her daughter’s 24-hour palliative car(...)

Daisy, who is six, and Ellie, who is 11: ‘A lot of siblings struggle because without anyone’s intention, they have to come second,’ says Lynn, their mother. ‘It kills me saying that because I love both my girls equally’

“The siblings are always forgotten,” says Lynn McDonald, referring to her daughter Ellie, who is 11, as we discuss Lynn’s role as carer for (...)

An ambulance outside a house Newcastle, Co Dublin where three children were found dead on Friday. Photograph: PA

From early this morning in Newcastle, Co Dublin young women began placing bunches of flowers at the entrance of Parson’s Court, the estate where the b(...)

Conor (9), Carla (3) and Darragh McGinley (7) with their father Andrew McGinley. The children were found dead in a house in Co Dublin on Friday night. Handout photograph: Andrew McGinley/An Garda

The three young children whose bodies were discovered in a Co Dublin house on Friday evening have been named. Gardaí are expected to begin a triple m(...)

Dr Pawel Kaminski is admitting the three allegations of poor professional performance he faces at the fitness to practise hearing of the Medical Council. Photograph: Thinkstock.

A GP who failed to provide adequate care for a patient who later died of thyroid cancer has been found guilty of poor professional performance at the (...)

Between 3 and 7 per cent of respondents had self-medicated with a benzodiazepine (sedative), an opiate or other mind-altering drug. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Self-prescribing and prescribing for friends and family is widespread among young Irish doctors, in contravention of official guidelines, a new survey(...)

A line of taxis wait for customers near Grafton Street, Dublin. “Passengers are urged to establish the likely cost before taking a taxi and to get receipts to ensure dates and times are accurately recorded and all additions applied are valid.” Photograph:  Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A case in the Dublin District Court earlier this week stoked the perhaps low-level fears many Irish people have that they are being ripped off in a di(...)

The latest figures represent a decrease from near-record number of patients who were queuing for a hospital bed on Tuesday. File photograph: Alan Betson

There were nearly 650 patients deemed to require admission to hospital waiting on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards for a bed on Wednesday(...)

Deirdre and Tristan O'Gorman with their sons Finn (3) and Noah (one month). Photograph: Clare Keogh

The recent birth of their second child was bittersweet for Deirdre and Tristan O’Gorman: while of course they were overjoyed, his safe arrival reinfor(...)

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