Sheila Wayman

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“I’ll talk to you when you’re speaking in a normal voice . . . ” That, I have to confess, was a teenage son responding to me on one occasion. It work(...)

 Christine Mulligan:   completing a PhD at Maynooth University’s  Centre for Mental Health and Community Research, having returned to college as a mature student to graduate with a first-class degree in psychology.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“My mummy didn’t wake up this morning,” is what Christine Mulligan remembers telling a teacher as she and her classmates lined up to go into assembly (...)

Orla O’Brien, the new chief executive of the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Children die with no privacy in dingy rooms – that’s how a clinical nurse manager described the end-of-life scenario at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin(...)

The unwritten sympathy card. The phone number not dialled. The quick dodge into the next supermarket aisle. They are all symptoms of the “I don’t kno(...)

Ben Robinson died after a school rugby match in Co Antrim in 2011.

The story of Ben Robinson (14), who died after a school rugby match in Co Antrim in 2011, changed what the word “concussion” means to many parents on (...)

Rosie Jefferies and her son Arthur: he knows “what buttons to push”.

Rosie Jefferies spent the first six years of her life in a household of trauma and neglect before being removed from her parents, along with a sister,(...)

 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(...)

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