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# Family

Last week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Two referendums on gender equality and family expected to take place next year
Votes on women’s ‘place in the home’ and the definition of the family in the Constitution will take place on the same date.
Last month
September 2023
'He's in good health and he's back golfing and doing everything he loves'
Conor Murray’s father, Gerry, is in Nantes to support his son in the World Cup.
'He’s been an awesome grandad' - Lowe's father flies in for the World Cup
The Ireland wing wants his side to build on a fine start against Romania.
Farrell has been full of surprises. Can he lead Ireland to World Cup glory?
The 48-year-old Englishman has enjoyed major success and now faces his biggest challenge.
Ireland have a happy, confident camp but World Cup is a different beast
Andy Farrell has played a blinder up until this point. Now even more pressure comes on.
This year
Two referendums instead of one may be required on gender equality with 'tight' November timeline
A referendum on the ‘women in the home’ clause and a separate vote on the definition of family may be needed.
Andy Farrell says 'circus' around Owen has been 'absolutely disgusting'
The Ireland head coach also discussed his selection to face England.
Surrogacy: Hannah McCarthy travels to Kenya and finds a growing number of surrogate cases there
How Irish people use international surrogacy raises thorny ethical issues, writes McCarthy from Nairobi.
Aaron Ramsdale opens up on his wife's miscarriage during last season
The Arsenal goalkeeper, whose brother Oliver is gay, also called for football to become more ‘safe and welcoming for everyone’ in a letter for The Players’ Tribune.
Sister of Dublin attack victim 'overwhelmed by support of Irish people' as GoFundMe page nears $100,000
Stephen Termini was visiting Ireland when he was attacked by a gang on Talbot Street.
Pandemic had no impact on the 'vast majority' of 13-year-olds' transition to secondary school
Just under 100% of 13-year-olds agreed that they had made new friends in second-level education.
Opinion: Many carers feel isolated with no confidence after being out of paid work for so long
Caroline Lawless shares her experience of life as a carer and says more supports are needed for those returning to paid work.
Relationships: We say opposites attract but really they complement and complete one another
Richard Hogan shares an extract from his new book, ‘Home Is Where The Start Is’.
'They've taken me training since I was five... it’s nice to have them there'
World Rugby player of the year Josh van der Flier makes his team-mates look good.
'Garry is fine' - Ringrose still playing big role with Ireland after his injury
Ireland also had the players’ families in for today’s captain’s run in Dublin.
'We'll see if we can squeeze the grandkids to cheer for Ireland'
Andy and Owen Farrell are on opposite sides once again this weekend in Dublin.
'This is a career where you can end up in a one-bed apartment on your tod'
Ronan O’Gara and his family feel at home with La Rochelle in France.
Opinion: 'Telling my child she'd missed a school place broke my heart'
Mum Margaret Lynch says she and her family are no closer to owning their home, after years of trying.
'It's just me doing my job, but I can see how happy it makes my family'
Ireland international Andrew Porter recently hit the 100-cap mark for Leinster.
Last year
Therapist: Christmas can be tough - here's some strategies to help you mind yourself
Therapist Joe Heffernan has some tips for managing stress this holiday season.
'I don't want to die not knowing': Adopted people share their search to find their identity
The penultimate episode of Redacted Lives follows people on their search for relatives and information about their early lives – and the jubilation and heartbreak that journey can bring.
The penultimate episode of Redacted Lives follows people on their search for relatives and information, Órla Ryan reports
"I'm getting older now, I don't want to die not knowing," Marguerite Penrose tells us
One man who believes he was illegally adopted also shares the impact this has had on his life
New scheme to allow councillor appoint temporary substitute while on maternity leave
Currently, female councillors are office-holders rather than employees and are not covered by the statutory framework for maternity leave.
'I'd class myself as a feel-type coach' - Farrell fosters family vibe with Ireland
The families of new caps come into the Irish team camp ahead of their big games.
Opinion: 'Travelling to Limerick in search of college digs as a care-leaver felt so lonely'
Rory Brown grew up in care and says education changed his life. He’s asking the government not to forget children in care in Budget 23.
Henderson hungry for Ulster to end 'incredibly frustrating' few years
The 30-year-old missed Ireland’s series success against New Zealand due to injury.
Bereavement leave could be paid out of the Social Insurance Fund in the future
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar also said he’d like his remote working law to be enacted by Christmas.
Tánaiste says the Social Insurance Fund could support those taking bereavement leave in the future.
Such a move would prevent a cost being imposed on employers but would ensure employees don't lose out on pay.
Varadkar also says he wants the right to request remote working legislation to be passed by Christmas.
'I don't say it lightly': Housing crisis is a breach in the social contract, says Tánaiste
Low Pay Commission recommendation for minimum wage increase to go to Cabinet in September
Family call for change of Garda policy on access to accident scenes following son's death
‘It’s made it more difficult to understand how the accident happened,’ the boy’s father said.
Putin’s ex-wife and family members targeted in latest UK sanctions
The UK’s Foreign Secretary said she was taking aim at the ‘shady network propping up’ the Russian president’s luxury lifestyle.
'A family choice' - Mike Prendergast joins Rowntree at Munster
Denis Leamy and Andy Kyriacou are also in line to be part of the new staff.
'I hadn’t seen my parents for two-and-a-half years. It was really emotional'
Finlay Bealham shared a special moment with his family at Twickenham.
All time
Pope warns of 'demographic winter' and advises married couples to use 'please, thanks and sorry'
Francis has acknowledged how some relationships may have become strained during lockdown.
'Rugby was a fairytale but not a reality... I was blessed to break that barrier'
23-year-old Vincent Tshituka of the Lions is seen as a possible Springbok back row.
Steve Bruce: My family think I’m sick for refusing to walk away
The 60-year-old is frustrated that the club cannot fight at the top of the league.
March in Dublin to call for fresh inquiry into death of Terence Wheelock following 2005 arrest
The 20-year-old Dublin man was found unconscious in his cell and died three months later.
England's Joe Marler withdraws from Six Nations for personal reasons
Eddie Jones has also lost experienced lock Joe Launchbury to injury.
'When Mam and Dad died, we could never get them back. But sport is only sport'
Galway camogie legend Thérèse Maher will feature in this week’s episode of Laochra Gael.
Brianna Parkins: Away from family this Christmas? You're not alone in thinking about home
Virgin Media reporter Brianna Parkins can’t travel home to Australia this year – here, she writes about the many feelings this brings up in her. And the many funny memories…
'This year, more so than any, it's more about family than yourself'
Family and football are two cornerstones of Ciara O’Sullivan’s life — and the promised land is in sight once again after 13 years of highs and lows with Cork.
People will rely on family and friends for a ‘dig out’ until creches reopen, says minister
The government plan sets out that creches will open on 29 June.
'Even though we're from New Zealand, we had a strong connection to Ireland'
Auckland native Dominic Robertson-McCoy is in his fourth season with Connacht.