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 Katy Mullins (Carrick-on-Suir) and Becky Mullins (Dungarvan) attending the annual Jehovah’s Witnesses convention in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Nick Bradshaw

A childhood without celebrating birthdays – your own or anybody else’s – is hard to imagine in 21st century Ireland. When your child is at primary sch(...)

 Sarah Conway with her children Kyra (11), Amelia (4) and Hallie (3) at home in Cork Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lone parent Sarah Conway thought she would never be able to turn around again and say “life is amazing”. But that’s what it’s like in the depths of de(...)

From left, Conor McDonnell,  Aaron Connolly, Tamzin Brogan, Melvin Junungal and John White at the Swan Youth Service,  St Agatha’s Hall, Dunne Street, North Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mental health wasn’t on the agenda when the Swan Youth Service started a weekly music group in the basement of its main centre in Dublin’s northeast i(...)

Childminder Aideen McCormack in Ennis, Co Clare. 'As a Tusla-registered childminder, I can tell you that the current system does not cater for childminding.' Photograph: Eamon Ward

A solitary file sitting on a shelf in the Childminding Ireland office is symbolic of the starting point for an inevitable wave of change that is going(...)

Dr Elizabeth Newnham: “I think the way that medicine as a system has treated women’s bodies and knowledge of women’s bodies has been appalling.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Even before the first pang of labour, some pregnant women are adamant about seeking an epidural for pain relief, while others are dead set on avoiding(...)

Timi Nicholson with daughter Lana, son Max and husband Michael with reusable drinker, reusable lunchbox and wooden toys. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Saving the planet is hardly foremost in the minds of new parents. Saving their sanity more like, as they try to cope with the new mini-dictator in the(...)

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: “We have encouraged children out of the darkness into the sunshine and then left them exposed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The message that “it’s okay not to feel okay” is getting through to children and young people. Most know it is no longer taboo to raise your hand and (...)

Summer camps: getting outdoors makes for a change from school

Do you grin or groan when school’s out for the summer? If you’re a parent working outside the home, is it a childcare crisis or, if you’re at home, a (...)

Timi Martins from Nigeria with his Polish-born wife Jolanta and children Gabriella (10) and Rebecca (8).

You never thought it would happen – the moment the words directed at your children are coming out of your mouth, you realise: “I sound just like my mo(...)

Vanessa Tierney and her husband Ben Wainwright with their daughters: Working from home “has given me the ability to have a career but be here for the family. I think everyone deserves that – man or woman.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

It took being incapacitated with a viral blood infection eight years ago for Vanessa Tierney to see the potential of remote working, but it’s a way of(...)

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