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A successful Christmas Day is where the children have a really good day and that doesn’t mean they have to see both parents, it just means there is no conflict. Photograph: iStock

The season of peace and goodwill can be the most challenging flashpoint in the calendar for any separated parent who celebrates Christmas. People get (...)

Many social welfare payments have not seen an increase for seven years.

All weekly social welfare payments are to increase by €5 per week from March 2017, bringing basic rates to €193 per week, under Budget 2017. Many of(...)

Lone-parent groups have asked the Department of Social Protection for “urgent clarification” of the situation. Photograph: iStock

The Department of Social Protection has written to thousands of non-custodial parents telling them they are no longer liable to pay maintenance for th(...)

Louise Renwick with her children Shay (3) and Bobby (10 months) and members of the “Wine and Whine” Blessington Mums community support group. Photograph: Alan Betson

“So what is it about having a baby that is so hard?” The woman who was three months pregnant with her first baby wasn’t being smart. And she wasn’t re(...)

When Kate started dating Peter there was no waiting and wondering would he text back or call, because he was unequivocal that she was the ideal woman(...)

Enjoyment is very important when it comes to close family relationships. Photograph: IStock

In this six-part series, John Sharry advises parents on how to promote emotional wellbeing and confidence in children and teenagers    Wh(...)

In his article of June 7th, “Overlooked welfare system key to avoiding rise in inequality” (Business Opinion & Analysis), John FitzGerald refers t(...)

‘It was lovely to get away, says one single parent  of their one-week trip to Lanzarote last August, but she did feel a bit isolated. Photograph: iStockphoto

For many years a holiday abroad seemed out of the question for Mairéad Lardner and her daughter, Caoimhe. As a single mother, there was not only the (...)

Building reportedly used as a Magdelene Laundry on Seán McDermott Street: many levels of Irish society, including the State, failed women who were kept in such places. Photograph: Eric Luke

I have told her story in the past but even in death she would want to remain anonymous. She leaves an important legacy. Her childhood was sad. Her mot(...)

INTO president Emma Dineen:  talked of primary school children wishing that homelessness would be eradicated from Ireland. Photograph: Mary Browne

Children attending primary school are falling asleep in class due to the impact of homelessness on their lives, the INTO conference heard on Monday. (...)

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