Catherine Cox

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The O'Donovans: Sophie (12), Robyn (10), Katie (7) and Jack (17) are being homeschooled by their mother, Lynsey, while schools are closed by Covid-19

‘He has started lashing out and thrashing about in his chair,’ Lynsey O’Donovan says of her 17-year-old son, Jack, who has cerebral palsy and epile(...)

The Department of Public Expenditure found that by 2031 more than a quarter of a million inhabitants in Ireland will be aged over 80 years. Photograph: Getty Images

Whether you are an older person needing support at home or the loved one trying to organise it, the help has to be the right fit. If you use a privat(...)

A family carer can nominate two people who will step into their caring role in the event of an emergency. Photograph: iStock

Cared-for vulnerable people will be looked after if their family carer experiences an unexpected illness or accident, under a new scheme being launche(...)

A file image of empty shelves in a Tesco store in Dublin last week. Retailers have insisted that their supply chains remain robust. Photograph: PA

Some Irish retailers have moved to protect vulnerable customers by creating dedicated periods when access to their store is restricted to older custom(...)

Brenda O’Connell-Barry and Mary Kennedy at the launch of this year’s Carer of the Year Awards. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Services for families with long-term care needs are “like something from the Third World”, a mother and carer of a severely disabled child has said. (...)

Simon Community’s Niamh Randall said “it would have been nice to see more measures to address affordability and security of tenure for tenants”. File photograph: The Irish Times

A number of organisations from health to housing to environmental groups have reacted to Tuesday’s budget with some calling it “very disappointing” an(...)

Catherine Cox: “My proudest achievement is the fact that here are over 800 people across Ireland involved in Family Carers Ireland.” Photograph: Mark Steadman

Catherine Cox lives in Carlow with her husband Ronan and three children – Aoife (22), David (19) and Brian (12). Alongside her busy family life, she i(...)

Actors tell real-life stories of those incarcerated or working in Irish penal institutions

Kilmainham Gaol and courthouse reverberate with a presence from past events and lives. While the gaol is inextricably linked in the public mind with t(...)

Karen Keely with her partner Kevin and her three adult sons Lee, Lorcan and Harry, who have birth defects after she was prescribed Epilim throughout her pregnancies. Photograph: Alan Betson

An Irish woman has given evidence at a hearing in London about the harmful effects of an epilepsy drug on her children. Karen Keely, from the Foetal (...)

Dee Pauley with some photographs of her mother, Eileen Crowley, who is now staying in a nursing home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deirdre Pauley still feels “massively” guilty about having to arrange for her mother to go into a nursing home. “It’s the hardest thing I have ever do(...)

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