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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Family

All time
# karen and ed stewart
Dublin couple with three children both diagnosed with terminal cancer
The couple has three children under the age of 10.
'We're planning for the here-and-now, but we must future-proof our housing system too'
We need to plan for the next 10 to 20 years to make sure we get it right, writes John O’Connor.
# big brother/sister
'Someone to look up to and to talk to': This programme gives children in need an older sibling
Big Brother Big Sister, run by the charity Foróige, matches up children with older volunteers to mentor and support them.
Poll: Should the waiting time for a divorce be reduced to two years?
Currently, couples must wait four years before proceedings can begin.
# Study
Face-to-face bullying is still far more common than cyberbullying
Much of the focus in recent years has been on cyberbullying.
# easing the burden
Homeless families will now receive free childcare during the summer months
Minister for Children Katherine Zappone also announced expanded free childcare for refugees today.
# 60 Minutes
Tesco is scoping out one-hour deliveries for Irish customers
The supermarket chain has rolled out the service in central London.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you watching Wimbledon this year?
Anyone for tennis?
# rain or shine
The Forty Foot swimmers: 'Our oldest is now 91... he has his cake and cigarette before he gets in'
We talk to members of the die-hard community of swimmers who come to the Dublin spot every day.
Maintenance defaulters: 'We have no legal remedies for parents who refuse to pay'
If we are serious about tackling child poverty in Ireland, let’s start the debate around an enforced child maintenance system, writes Louise Bayliss.
# pay by weight
Explainer: Pay-by-weight bin charges are coming but what exactly does that mean for you?
Will it spark water charges-style protests?
# it's happening
Lidl gets green light for Castleknock development following local criticism
The development will cost an estimated €15 million.
# Hero
'I wasn't prepared to let her drown' - Woman who saved 10-year-old girl on beach
Michelle Cremin from Cork braved a dangerous rip current at Inch beach.
# flu patch
A patch on the wrist could deliver flu vaccine instead of needle
First human trial of the ‘microneedle patch’ that ‘punctures skin painlessly’ can be self-administered.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you inform on your neighbours if you suspected they were welfare cheats?
Nearly 20,000 people reported suspicious behaviour last year.
# finding a solution
"This is a difficult case": Placement found for teenager left 'lying in hospital' for weeks
The case had been brought before the High Court by the teenager’s guardian ad litem.
# health risk
A nasty divorce or separation harms a child's health for decades
A study shows that adults whose parents separated during childhood are at an increased risk for poorer health.
# Bloom 2017
Here are our 6 favourite gardens at Bloom
Flowers, vegetables and windmills… Here’s our top picks from this year’s festival.
# sonia blount
'I saw her car, my heart dropped. I knew' : Father describes arriving at daughter's murder scene
Sonia Blount was murdered by her ex-boyfriend Eric Locke who used a fake Facebook profile to lure the 31-year-old to a city hotel.
# family first
The Boston fireman running the Cork City Marathon, pushing his miracle daughter in a stroller
Abby MacCurtain was diagnosed with Leigh’s Disease and given two years to live.
# elizabeth Soffe
'We just want closure': Family of Irish baby burned in Qatar house fire
Elizabeth Soffe was badly burned in the fire.
# Dublin
Reprieve for Drumcondra families as date for closure of crèche pushed back
Last night, the parents had three weeks to arrange alternative childcare. Tonight, they were told they’d have three months.
# day in the park
From mayflies to loop-the-loops: Here's seven things to do around Ireland
Stuck for ideas this sunny weekend? Check out our event guide.
# Discrimination
HSE ordered to pay paramedic €52,000 after discrimination over care of daughter who has Down Syndrome
The WRC has ordered the HSE to pay the €52,000 in compensation to the man and provide him with a stable rostered position.
# Cape Town
Trial begins of South African man accused of murdering family
Henri van Breda has blamed the murders on a masked intruder.
# Progress
'You have come a long way': Court hears how mother turned life around to regain access to child
The judge adjourned the case until October, when the mother and child’s progress will be seen.
# Child Welfare
'It's an extremely Draconian act': Judge denies Tusla bid to place children into care
“This court doesn’t operate on worries or concerns,” the judge said. “It operates on facts.”
# Court
'I don't want waiting lists': Judge rules 'with a heavy heart' for kids to remain in foster care
The judge rejected an application to return the children home to their father.
# Social Protection
County breakdown: 10,640 fathers have taken paternity leave since September
Dublin had the highest number of recipients, while Leitrim had the lowest.
# life and death on stage
'He was in hospital on Monday - by Friday, he was dead'
A son and mother have made a unique play where they discuss the death of the man closest to them.
# Census 2016
One in 10 Irish people say they have no religion, the second largest group behind Roman Catholics
Births, deaths and everything in between: Here’s what you need to know about Census 2016.
# kindness of strangers
Over €40k raised in one day for Kerryman in battle with Bank of Ireland to keep family home
More than 1,000 people have already donated to the fund, which will be used to help pay off his arrears.
# seeing yourself on screen
'Some people think that every person with autism is like Rain Man, or a wizard at maths'
Representations of people with autism can be full of stereotypes.
# coastguard pilot
Dara Fitzpatrick's family pay tribute to her, saying 'We'll raise Fionn as she wanted'
“She loved her job because she loved helping people. That sounds trite but it was true.”
# Courts
Roy Webster 'broke down and told gardaí he beat woman to death with a hammer', court hears
Roy Webster has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anne Shortall.
# greed
Was a feud over WW2 gold behind the gruesome slaying of a French family of four?
Investigators are unconvinced by the killer’s claims.
# Nantes
Twist in case of missing French family as brother-in-law 'admits killings'
The case is thought to centre on a dispute over an inheritance.
# Newborns
7,000 fathers have taken paid paternity leave since it was introduced
The initiative allows fathers to take two weeks off work to help care for their babies, if they have enough PRSI contributions.
# Mystery
Car discovery the latest twist in case of French family who disappeared two weeks ago
The national insurance card of one of the family members was found 280km away from where the car was found.
# Kansas
'He was just enjoying his glass of beer': Family's distress after Indian men shot in 'hate crime'
India has demanded the “strongest action” from the US government over the incident.