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Tuesday 3 June, 2014

Opinion: After seeing what my dad has gone through, I'm convinced we need an Ombudsman for the Elderly

Think about your average week and how much bureaucracy you have to deal with. Now think about how difficult that is for an older person.

Saturday 17 May, 2014

Opinion: E-Cigarettes – is ‘vaping’ in front of our children socially acceptable?

Yes, you’ve done fantastically well to ween yourself down from a Grade 1 carcinogen to the equivalent of weed killer. But that doesn’t make it OK vape in front of my three-year-old.

Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Opinion: Let's talk about death (no, seriously)

Do the Irish really ‘do death well’? We certainly know how to toast the departed, but we have a deep-rooted discomfort around discussing any practical aspect of death.

Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Column: Anxiety often breeds perfectionism and success. But at what cost to the individual?

The fear of failure is a powerful motivator, but when does worrying become destructive?

Saturday 12 April, 2014

Column: Peaches and Paula – a mum without a mum and a photograph that spoke a thousand words.

Nothing prepared me for how the birth of my own children would mercilessly rip the scab off the wound that my mother’s death had left behind. In that way, I could relate to the late Peaches Geldof, writes Claire Micks.

Sunday 23 March, 2014

Column: Outnumbered ... how many kids is too many?

Claire Micks writes: your love for each little mini me will no doubt stretch to whatever number your reproductive organs are generous enough to produce. But will your sanity? Or your relationship? Or your bank balance?

Thursday 6 March, 2014

Column: Bye, Bye Babycinno – why I'm ditching my child's favourite treat

Have you heard of babyccinos, the frothy, non-caffeine milk drink marketed at children? I wish I never had, writes Claire Micks.