Nadine O’Regan: Pregnancy is a joyful event, but why do we make it and childcare so hard for people?

A first pregnancy is full of new and exciting events, but it is also frightening how punishing it can be on working parents

Independent TD Violet-Anne Wynne made history by bringing her baby into the Dáil chamber for a vote

“As you go on in life, it gets harder to experience something for the very first time.” Bono said those words – or a variation of them – a few years back, and I could see his point. To my mind, wanting to experience something new is why most people decide to go skydiving in their 40s or quit corporate jobs to embrace hippiedom in their 50s.

It’s the reason the bucket list exists: it’s ...