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# Family

All time
# family supports
Prisoner parenting course aims to prevent mothers and fathers from reoffending
Evidence shows that fathers who have positive relationships with their children are six times less likely to reoffend.
# Going Viral
'Hearsay on social media' being blamed for falling vaccine rates
A Trinity professor says such fear mongering presents a risk to the wider public.
# without a trace
''We're broken, devastated': 10 years on and still no clues in Tyrone's man disappearance
Gerard Conway was 32 when he went missing from the Cookstown area.
# MH370
'Presumed dead': The plane that vanished into thin air with 239 people on board
The search for the Malaysia Airlines flight was called off earlier this week.
# sma1
'We're flabbergasted': Wonder drug approved for 22-month-old baby with rare condition
Last night, the HSE approved a programme that could save the lives of two baby girls.
# Social Welfare
Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today
Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.
# team effort
A Cavan hairdresser raised €2000 after a family lost their wallet on New Year's Eve
And the whole town pitched in.
# team effort
A Cavan hairdresser raised €2000 after a family lost their wallet on New Year's Eve
And the whole town pitched in.
# Brian Burns
Trump looks set to to appoint the son of a Kennedy adviser as ambassador to Ireland
The US president-elect told a New York Times reporter he intends to nominate Brian Burns.
# party time
In need of a good party game? These smartphone apps will help liven things up
Who would have thought your smartphone could be useful for party games.
# open thread
What message would you like to give your family this Christmas?
If someone is on your mind, let them know.
# Buncrana Tragedy
Safety review of Donegal piers to begin after tragic death of family
Donegal County Council is to carry out the review.
'When I was told my brother had died by suicide, I crumbled to the floor and howled'
Michelle Ross speaks openly about what she and her family have gone through since her brother died by suicide last year.
# Defence Forces
Serving in Lebanon for Christmas: 'I have Love Actually and Home Alone ready to go'
Lieutenant Thomas Quigley will be serving with the Defence Forces over Christmas.
# Limerick
Family of man who died of fright angry with sentences for Traveller gang who ransacked his home
The O’Donoghue family say they hope the State will appeal the men’s jail terms on leniency grounds.
# Compulsory
New laws could curb disputes over wills in Ireland
The Registration of Wills Bill 2016 will introduce compulsory registration of wills in the country.
# Missing
Family of missing Sandra Collins hope inquest will shed light onto her disappearance
After a “horrific” 2016, the family hope 2017 will bring news for them.
"For people in pain like me, medicinal cannabis could be a matter of life and death"
An anonymous person writes about the stress of chronic pain – and how they hope that medicinal cannabis could help.
# Limerick
Young boy who survived six-storey fall from hotel balcony turns on Limerick Christmas lights
“I’m not sure we can possibly have a better Christmas than this,” the Shanahan family have said.
# Courts
Man who raped woman and left her injured in laneway is jailed for 13 years
The woman was found “in a shocking condition”, the judge said.
# Childcare
Children do better when minded by relatives and childminders rather than full-time parents, says ESRI
The study looked at 9,000 children under the age of 5 in Ireland.
# Family
'I know he meant the world to them, he meant the world to me' - Stander
Dan and Tony Foley joined the Munster players on the pitch after the win over Glasgow.
# Sponsored By HSE
Know someone with dementia? Here are 5 ways to reach out to them
Anyone can get dementia, but everyone can help by understanding more.
# facing history
Raising All Blacks: Superstar Barrett's farm life and a stint in Meath
Dairy farmer Kevin Barrett brought up five rugby-mad sons on the coast in Taranaki.
# delving deep
DNA is helping Irish people find their ancestors from centuries ago
We spoke to one Irish man who’s made genealogy his passion.
# Tragedy
Families "devastated" after two Cork men die in car crash in Canada
Raymond McCann and Cathal Murphy died on Saturday morning after a car they were travelling in crashed.
# Portuguese Man-of-War
This weekend, expect to see a lot more of these dangerous sea creatures along Irish coasts
“Surfers, kite surfers, swimmers, kayakers, divers and walkers need to keep a vigilant eye.”
# Obesity
Government to target sugar, salt, fat and big portion sizes in fight against obesity
Advertising to children will also be targeted as part of the plan.
# sponsored by NTA
8 of the coolest family days out around the country
Grab the kids, you’re going on an adventure.
Want to know how to manage migraine? Here's some advice from an expert
Jane Whelan from the Migraine Association of Ireland gives advice about how to manage and live with migraine.
Jerusalem artichoke - the tasty, popular veg with a dark secret
Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with Jerusalem artichoke, a veg that’s become increasingly popular in high-end restaurants.
Do you know your 'blind spots'? How to look after your mental health
The CEO of the Psychological Society of Ireland gives practical tips on how to encourage positive mental well-being.
# Irish Water
Boil water notice lifted for almost 50,000 people in Mayo
It affected several areas including Castlebar, Westport and Claremorris.
'When it comes to our weekly weigh-in, all five of us are really nervous'
This week, Celebrity Operation Transformation participant Brenda Donohue talks about how the most convenient food often isn’t the most healthy.
Turnip up: a veg that is tasty and easy to grow
Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with white turnips – perfect for casseroles and soups.
# hand me downs
All youngest children will relate to this little girl from Cork finding out where her clothes are from
They’re not from the attic. They’re from L’Attic.
'I was one of those people who hammered himself in the gym and still ate all the wrong foods'
This week, Celebrity Operation Transformation participant Karl Spain talks about the importance of eating right.
Worried about financial security? Here are 7 tips on how to get the right pension
The Money Doctor, John Lowe, explains how to make to most of your money and ensure you have enough to retire on.
# finding home
"When you go down the streets, everyone smiles at you": Syrian refugee families settle in the US
10,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the country.
Claytonia: Not a metal band - a super-food you can grow in your back garden
Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with claytonia, a leafy veg containing tons of vitamins and which will grow right through winter.