Marion Kelly (left), from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, whose family has campaigned since her death to secure the long-term provision of the genetic emphysema drug.

Nineteen patients with genetic emphysema are to continue receiving a key medication for life after the HSE reached agreement with the manufacturer on (...)

  Parents owe it to both their children and themselves to avoid becoming psychological and physical wrecks at a time when everybody has to adjust to the new family circumstances. Photograph: iStock

Separating couples are rightly told to put their children first and to do all they can to minimise the negative impact the relationship breakdown will(...)

Members of the Alpha-1 Action Group protesting outside the offices of the HSE in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Julien Behal

Irish patients with severe lung disease are hoping to have their access to a “life-changing” drug extended. The manufacturer of Respreeza, CSL Behrin(...)

Some of the patients, who have genetic emphysema, have been on  Respreeza for up to a decade.

More than 20 Irish patients with severe lung disease are facing an uncertain future as their access to a “life-changing” drug ends this week. Some of(...)

Colman Noctor,  child psychotherapist,  with his children Harry (2), Odhran (7), and Layla (4) at home in Co Wickow. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

This is part of series on the subject of burnout which continues next week in The Irish Times and on irishtimes.com. We would like to hear from reader(...)

More than 20 Irish patients with severe lung disease are to lose access to a “life-changing” drug within weeks after the manufacturer decided to end a(...)

 Members of the Alpha-1 Action Group protesting outside the offices of the HSE in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Julien Behal

Pharmaceutical manufacturer CSL Behring has decided to extend a compassionate use programme for its Respreeza drug in the State after the company came(...)

‘It was lovely to get away, says one single parent  of their one-week trip to Lanzarote last August, but she did feel a bit isolated. Photograph: iStockphoto

For many years a holiday abroad seemed out of the question for Mairéad Lardner and her daughter, Caoimhe. As a single mother, there was not only the (...)

Donald and Jane Maxwell at their Cabinteely home with their grandchildren (front, from left) Charlie Hilliard, Clara Maxwell, Lucy Hilliard, Alison Plunkett and Lisa Maxwell; (back row, from left) Tanya Plunkett, David Maxwell, Daniel Plunkett and Ben Hilliard. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It took a long trek from Dublin, and many rounds of “I Spy”, to visit my only granny, who lived in Norfolk. But anticipation of the pleasure of being (...)