Ensuring your estate goes to those you wish

Barrister and author Tim Bracken provides a list of frequently used words and questions that often arise in relation to probate matters

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Family law system must address waiting lists and overworked judges, committee hears

How courts deal with family law cases should be overhauled, with the current system characterised by lengthy waiting lists, overworked judges and out-of-date surroundings, an Oireachtas Committee has heard.

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'I wish I could do more' - Husband visits love of his life every day to apply her make up after stroke

"Tell them you love them every day," is the heart-breaking advice given by a Co Louth husband who now tenderly applies his wife's make-up for her after she suffered a stroke over a year ago.

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6 tips for stress-free eating out with the kids at half-term

If you’re taking the kids out for a meal as a half-term treat, here are ways to make it far less stressful for mum and dad.

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Need to reform sperm donor law hits home

‘Pre-conception’ approval of parentage as part of a sperm-donation agreement would provide legal certainty for all involved in the case of home insemination, writes Dr Brian Tobin.

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10 ways to get the kids off the couch to enjoy the longer evenings

Trying to get your clan to put down that phone or tablet and get up and get active is no easy task. Susan O’Shea suggests 10 tried and tested methods

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Learning Points: Driving towards equality getting us nowhere fast

What is meant by the family and family life in this country has changed, writes Richard Hogan.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: My boyfriend thinks he’s amazing in bed

A few months ago I started going out with a great guy. The problem is, he thinks he’s fantastic in bed and is always making self congratulatory comments about it. But the truth is he’s not taking the time to get to know what I want, because he thinks he knows it all already.”

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Tric Kearney: I closed my eyes and imagined what it would be like to climb into bed at night and sleep in such luxury

YOU know that old saying, ‘Out with the old and in with the new,’ well we truly embraced it in the run up to Christmas, ridding ourselves of useless tat lying around, such as newspapers, screwdrivers and even a bicycle pump sitting on windowsills so long we no longer even noticed them.

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Multigenerational living in Ireland: Going back to our roots

Elizabeth O'Neill talks to two families about multigenerational living.

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Community is at the heart of healthy and happy lives

I wondered what kind of life you'd have to have led to pack out a church at 77 years of age. How full your life would need to draw such a crowd, asks Joyce Fegan

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10 incredibly childish things people do even though they’re adults

There’s a child in all of us just waiting to get out again.

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Five things you should know about your parental rights after divorce or separation

A family law solicitor tells Lisa Salmon some of the crucial laws relating to children that parents should be aware of after a relationship split.

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7 things not to say to women who don’t have children

Those of us who haven’t had a family don’t necessarily dislike kids – and yes, we often feel left out, so go easy on us, says Jenny Stallard.

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Free books for kids planned to boost family supports

Free books throughout a child’s life and new initiatives for children’s early learning will form part of a campaign to boost family supports.

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Lindsay Woods: My son turns nine in the next few days

My son turns nine in the next few days. He has decided on an outing to the cinema with a few of his friends to see the new ‘Goosebumps’ movie followed by a trip to the Golden Arches to chow down on all things deep fried and chock-full of additives.

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Birth of a new openness for mothers

From podcasts to TV programmes and forums, mums are breaking with tradition and freely talking about the trials of labour. But is this always a good thing, asks Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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It's my life with Tric Kearney

Last Saturday I woke in a good mood. Not having to leap out of bed for any early morning reason meant I could lie there a little while longer.

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Let baby lead the way, says dietitian

The exact time to start feeding will depend on the readiness of you and your baby, writes dietitian Aoife Hearne.

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9 reasons why working mums shouldn’t feel guilty

Setting a great example for your child is most definitely one of them, says Claire Spreadbury.

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End of the line: Moving on when love breaks down

One of the most difficult relationships to navigate is the one we have with our ex-partner in the immediate aftermath of a separation.

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Ask an expert: What do children need to know about the dangers of playing near railway tracks?

A new video campaign aims to highlight the hidden – and too often deadly – risks around railway lines. By Lisa Salmon.

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Tom Daley: ‘A big family is always what we’ve wanted’

The Olympic diver speaks to Gabrielle Fagan about being a new dad, how he hopes to parent and his wellbeing secrets.

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Tric Kearney: On my days off from nursing in Dublin, I’d race for the train to Cork to be with him. On his days off... he played football

IT was our wedding anniversary last week. For more years than I care to admit, yer man and myself have been married, and it looks like neither of us is bailing out yet.

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When retirement comes home to roost: How to deal with flying tempers when the house begins to feel small

How do you respond to your partner’s grumpiness when your both in the house all day long? Margaret Jennings talks to relationship experts

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Learning Points: Children need boundaries and parents need space

In last week’s article, I spoke about the need for boundaries in the family. Boundaries help children to understand the world, when they are communicated clearly and are not oppressive, writes Richard Hogan.

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40 years after the birth of IVF, researchers push boundaries to preserve fertility in women, men and children

Tears are a regular occurrence in a fertility clinic. Tears of joy, tears of frustration, tears of loss happen almost daily. For some, those tears are the tears of “what if”, writes Marie Menke.

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Grandparents can play a vital role in helping to raise children

From easing financial woes to forming close relationships, grandparents can play a vital role in helping to raise children, says Jenny Sherlock.

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