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# families - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Richard Tol: This says more about the ESRI's professionalism than mine

The academic who co-authored the controversial article which was withdrawn by the ESRI said he stands over his findings.

# families - Sunday 10 June, 2012

From The Daily Edge VIDEO: Children of the world rejoice! The self-making bed has arrived At Last This post contains videos

VIDEO: Children of the world rejoice! The self-making bed has arrived

What took this so long? See the wonderbed in action here…

# families - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Women ask consultants to support campaign to reform abortion law

A group of women who were required to travel abroad for abortions after being diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities have written to all consultants to ask for their support.

# families - Friday 27 April, 2012

Column: 'Free preschool has to be backed by strong political will'

Education and care go hand in hand, argues Irene Gunning, and the care of toddlers and preschoolers can’t be separated as two different processes.

# families - Sunday 15 April, 2012

Column: ‘Those first months were magical’ – a dad’s paternity leave plea

Statutory paternity leave would help shift the attitudes of a whole society, argues Andrew Doherty – recalling the birth of his own children.

# families - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Census shows family sizes are still declining - but at a slower pace

New data shows the average number of children in an Irish family is today 1.38.

# families - Friday 23 March, 2012

Angry Birds theme parks to be launched

The centres are expected to include spring riders, swings, sandpits, climbing towers, slides, and even a new Angry Birds arcade game.

# families - Friday 2 March, 2012

Column: Breastfeeding in public is natural, and we need to see it that way

Feeding our babies is the most normal thing in the world, writes Chris Finn – so our attitudes have to change.

# families - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Homeowners evicted and their houses demolished in Azerbaijan - report Azerbaijan This post contains videos

Homeowners evicted and their houses demolished in Azerbaijan - report

Human Rights Watch says that homeowners have been forcibly evicted and their houses demolished in the area where the arena for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is being built.

# families - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Genetic parents of surrogate children may not be recognised - Government

New guidelines state that Irish women who have children in surrogacy arrangements can never be legally recognised as the mother.

# families - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

Dept of Defence to move on 'overholders' in Irish barracks

Many of the people living in barracks who are “overholders” will be moved on, Minister Alan Shatter has said. He also noted that people living in Defence Forces accommodation are not liable for the household charge.

# families - Monday 16 January, 2012

New law may make it compulsory to include father's name on birth cert

New law may make it compulsory to include father's name on birth cert

A review of Ireland’s civil registration acts may make it compulsory for both parents’ details to be included on birth certs.

# families - Friday 30 December, 2011

Total ban on smacking children under consideration by Government Smacking This post contains a poll

Total ban on smacking children under consideration by Government

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said an outright prohibition of all corporal punishment is an option.

# families - Friday 23 December, 2011

Column: Why is Ireland addicted to the political dynasty?

Ireland has a long and weighty tradition of political families – so why do we keep voting for the same people? Johnny Fallon explains…

# families - Monday 12 December, 2011

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

What does the average family in Ireland look like?

The traditional model of a married couple making up a family is in decline, according to a major new study which looked at family structures in Ireland.

# families - Sunday 4 December, 2011

Column: ‘The first thing I always pay is the rent’ – families under pressure

The recession is hurting everyone, but children are among the most vulnerable. Finola Halligan of Barnardos describes her experiences on the front line of poverty.

# families - Friday 28 October, 2011

23 per cent of Irish children live in a single-parent household

The figures from a European survey show that 23.2 per cent of Irish children lived with one parent, while 67.8 per cent lived with married parents.

# families - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

One in three Irish families affected by diabetes

As it launches its Know Your Numbers campaign, the Diabetes Federation of Ireland has described the situation as a “national crisis”. There are an estimated 30,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes in this country.

# families - Tuesday 30 August, 2011

Column: ‘Deep down, I am still angry at the unfairness of it all’

Helen Browne describes her experience of infertility, and asks for people to be more sensitive to this painful condition.

# families - Thursday 28 July, 2011

From The Daily Edge Four sets of twins staff swimming pool Twintastic

Four sets of twins staff swimming pool

Two sets of identical twins and two sets of fraternal twins mean swimmers will be seeing double at US leisure facility.

# families - Thursday 28 April, 2011

More Irish families being pushed into poverty and seeking advice

Two separate reports indicate that more and more Irish families are being pushed into poverty as record numbers contact advisory services seeking help.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: The HSE offers its sympathy to the family of a woman who died shortly after giving birth to a healthy daughter; tornadoes and storms ravage the US; the super-injunction celebrities named.

# families - Friday 15 April, 2011

One million people live on €70 or less a month after the bills are paid: survey

A new survey uncovers some shocking statistics including that 428,000 believe they have no future for their families in Ireland because of the economic downturn.

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