To get  maternity benefit, an expectant mother must be in insurable employment in Ireland. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Question: SJ, Australia My partner and I are expecting our first baby in September. We are trying to decide if we should move back to Ireland from Au(...)

James Parnell (left) with his wife Anne-Marie, father-in-law Oliver, mother-in-law Liz and two children in Sydney.

Have you ever been winded, the breath sucked from your body? You’re powerless to get it back. Nothing you do has any impact. You feel you need to do s(...)

Shane Walsh and his partner Stacey Skelly wanted their daughter Arya to have the kind of childhood they enjoyed.

This article forms part of a new series for Irish Times Abroad on the opportunities worldwide (and in Ireland) for Irish construction workers. If(...)

'There was a resource boom in Western Australia, where we had friends, so we decided to go there.'

This article forms part of a new series for Irish Times Abroad on the opportunities worldwide (and in Ireland) for Irish construction workers. If(...)

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