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# Family

All time
# family poll
Poll: Will you be doing any Christmas shopping online this year?
Irish households spend an average of €2,654 in the run up to Christmas.
# Ray D'Arcy Show
Trevor Deely's family: 'The easiest attitude is to say he's gone... but he deserves more than that'
Trevor Deely went missing 17 years ago after leaving a Christmas party in Dublin.
# wrong house
Family suing gardaí after officers wrongly raided their home
The State offered a full apology to the family in February of this year.
# Taking Stock
Want to get married in a cattle mart? You could be in muck
Kenmare livestock mart hopes to let you put a ring on it … in their ring.
# Social Media
Poll: Would you announce your pregnancy on social media?
Model Chrissy Teigen shared some special baby news with her 15m Instagram followers this week.
# Family
Poll: Do you think free GP care should be extended to kids over six?
Health minister Simon Harris says €60 is too expensive.
# this town ain't big enough
I'm having a second child. What's the best way to tell my first?
Chrissie Russell has a baby on the way and a curious three-year-old. So she asked for some expert advice.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: How did you decide where your baby should sleep?
Night feeds, room-sharing – and a menagerie of soft toys in the bed.
# family poll
Poll: Should paternity leave be mandatory for fathers?
Over 27,000 fathers have availed of paternity leave so far.
# Newborns
More than 27,000 fathers have taken paternity leave so far
“We have to take a wider societal view and not think of rearing children as something best done in one’s spare time, preferably by women,” Deirdre Clune said.
Young mum stereotypes: 'Some of us are happy being mothers and wives'
I don’t have to worry about the biological clock, and I’ll be thirty-eight when my eldest starts college, writes Susannah O’Brien.
# family poll
Poll: Do you think your kids get enough physical activity?
One in ten Irish kids are obese, according to new statistics.
# family poll
Poll: Do you think Budget 2018 did enough for families?
From childcare to education, is the Government investing in what’s really needed?
# Event Guide
8 events to bring the kids to this weekend, from art workshops to haunted houses
Our pick of Ireland’s best family-friendly events this Saturday and Sunday.
# family poll
Poll: Are you worried about the Budget's impact on families?
What are you hoping for your family next Wednesday?
# Double trouble
18 things that'll only make sense if you're a twin
We don’t have a telepathic connection. Well, maybe we do a little bit.
# family poll
Poll: Do you feel that you had sufficient maternity or paternity leave?
A case this week shed light on our current entitlements.
# Culture Night
Here's what's on this Culture Night for families
We’ve got a round-up for you in advance of the event on Friday 22 September.
# family poll
Poll: Do you read to your kids at night?
And the impact it might have on your child’s brain.
'I left school early at 16. Now I'm a mature student at 51 - it's never too late to go to college'
Deirdre O’Regan is 51 and in her final year of her degree. She went back to college after 30 years – here’s her story.
This is why I'm against... homework
We are all busier these days. Quality time is at a premium. Let’s get rid of the homework and build in more family activity time, writes Eric Nolan.
# Fair Deal
Growing old in Ireland: 'If you want support, you're going to have to pay for it'
Whether its Fair Deal contributions, nursing home fees or general funding in the care system, money gets in the way of older people deciding where they spend their final years.
# Kildare
Homeless Defence Forces family offered council home
The family said they had also received help from members of the public and local businesses.
# family poll
Poll: Do you worry about the bath products you use on your kids?
Should the baby shampoo come with a warning?
# School Costs
'You have to ask: why are voluntary contributions necessary in a country where we're on the rise financially?'
School principals say rising costs are putting pressure on parents and on schools.
# for real
Brown Thomas opened its Christmas Shop today and here are the photos to prove it
With 130 days to go until Christmas Day, is it time to start the shop?
Caring for Mam: 'Putting myself first is not an option even though I have the most to lose'
I am functioning through a crisis, writes Emma Hayes.
# Event Guide
8 family events to check out this weekend - from comic books to puppet picnics
Savour the final few weeks of the holidays.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: How do you limit screen time for your little ones?
From pulling the plug on Wi-Fi to banning the Xbox on weekdays.
# He said she said
5 never-ending arguments every couple with kids has had
There’s no winner in the endless ‘who is more tired’ row, laments Ciara McDonnell.
# AA
Cost of running family car down almost €180 on last year
That’s according to an annual survey by the AA which recorded a drop in motor insurance premiums.
# Event Guide
From busking to vintage fairs: Here's what's happening this bank holiday weekend
Here’s a round-up of the events taking place across Ireland over the bank holiday weekend.
# Parenting
Good news for families: Over 5,000 extra childcare places to be created
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he hopes to expand the subsidy scheme to more families in the future.
# good to know
The CSO has published an interactive map of where you will find the most single people
The CSO has published the map alongside its latest Census figures.
# water safety
Floating down the Liffey on an inflatable is all fun and games... but it's not safe
A number of people were photographed sitting in inflatable flamingos and unicorns in the river this afternoon.
# Oblivion
Alton Towers says rollercoaster did what it was supposed to after passengers evacuated 180 feet above the ground
A rollercoaster train was 180 feet in the air when it shut off.
# Fresh Coat
MS Paint isn't being scrapped - but you will have to download it
Paint has been part of the Windows operating system since Windows 1.0 was released in 1985.
# Cystic Fibrosis
Campaign to raise money for Orla Tinsley's lung transplant care hits target
A fundraiser has been set up to help Irish journalist Orla Tinsley raise money for a lung transplant aftercare.
# ferry bad news
Maiden voyage of new Louth-Down ferry service cancelled due to 'severe weather'
The ferry, which will cross over Carlingford Lough, has rescheduled its maiden voyage for tomorrow.
# bitter taste
'I've done a bad thing': 5-year-old girl fined £150 for selling lemonade outside her London home
Council officials filmed themselves reading the five-year-old a legal statement.