Michael and Theresa Kinsella (82 and 79) are the carers for their daughter Fiona (52). Theresa has been diagnosed with dementia. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

I’m in a house in west Dublin, and my interviewee is puzzling me. Theresa Kinsella (82) doesn’t seem to be following my questions. She asks me to repe(...)

Clockwise: Helen Dixon, Ruth Negga, Maeve Higgins, Marian Keyes, Sharon Horgan

Business & entrepreneurship Ciara Donlon Entrepreneur and CEO, Theya Healthcare It has been a rollercoaster three years for Ciara Donlon(...)

People don’t become carers by choice: they do it because the situation arises and they feel a moral responsibility. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

I spent the past two years being a full-time carer for my partner, who was terminally ill. Slowly losing the love of your life is incredibly tough, bu(...)

Siobhán Powell (32), who suffers from Ring Chromosome 8, with her mother Johanne at their home in Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Family Carer and mother Johanne Powell made a lot of people sit up and take notice this week. I have known her for many years and know the round-the-c(...)

Johanne holds Siobhan who  cannot walk, is non-verbal, does not eat solid food, is doubly incontinent, and has only one kidney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

If you would like to share your story of caring for a relative with a disability, please contact Rosita Boland on rboland@irishtimes.com I’m not d(...)

Siobhan Powell (29) from Wexford: the HSE has told her family that the only residential option available for Siobhan is in a nursing home for older people

Health authorities are offering people with disabilities beds in institutions such as nursing homes, despite official policies which promote care in t(...)