Dr Stephen Shore: “It took my parents a whole year to get a diagnosis. When they did, the doctors said they had never seen a child who had been so sick.”

When he was 2½, Stephen Shore could not speak. He was diagnosed as “psychotic”, with “atypical development and strong autistic tendencies”, and doctor(...)

Simon Harris, Minister for Health, at the launch of first national survey on the needs of prople with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Greater mental health supports and more respite care are needed for people with the rare condition Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), according to a new rep(...)

Olivia O’Regan of Foody’s Pharmacy, Ballina, Co Mayo: ‘She was usually my first point of call whenever I needed advice,’ wrote Teresa Keegan

It’s the final week of the Best Shops in Ireland competition and we’ve logged more than 23,000 nominations for shops, with food and drink shops and ca(...)

A lack of intervention compounds the situation ‘and suddenly you have people locked in their rooms for two years or being aggressive at home’. It is very hard for parents to say a child is hitting them. Photograph: Thinkstock

Maria McGarry’s daughter Róisín was two years and five months old when she applied to her local health office to have the child assessed for apparent (...)