Karen Kiernan

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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 (...)

At this time, the issues potentially facing all families are the same, but the level it affects them depends on their circumstances

The metaphorical village it takes to raise a child has been boarded up during this phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Those normal interactions with teac(...)

The fact that vulnerable families only have the option of the new scheme is a big concern for childcare providers working in the most disadvantaged areas in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Low-income families on existing childcare subsidy programmes will be allowed to remain on them “indefinitely”, despite the online launch of the new Na(...)

Children are often used as pawns by parents fighting over maintenance payments. Photograph: iStock

When father-of-two David moved out of the family home, he agreed with his ex-wife to pay half the bills and the shopping for their young children. But(...)

Suzanne Connolly of Barnardos said: ‘The Government can use Budget 2020 to make a start by making school books free for every child in primary school.’ Photograph: iStock

Government must ensure all children receive a hot meal a day, free school books at primary level and the opportunity to have a hobby, according to the(...)

Emma O’Brien at Spanish Point beach near her home in Milltown Malbay, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

In an interview 10 years ago, Mary Hanafin, then Fianna Fáil minister for social affairs, announced what would be seen as the start of a departmental (...)

Karen Kiernan, chief executive of One Family, which commissioned the study: “I would love an agency that deals purely with separation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In theory it sounds simple. Two adults who are no longer in an intimate relationship park their differences to ensure the children have a continuing (...)

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