Office Mum stories – Mary Holmes

Mary Holmes Ruby Seven Office Mum

“It can often be hard putting on my coat and heading out to work in the evening. Both from the point of view of missing story and bedtime and also after a long day it’s hard to ignore the sofa calling!”  This week I meet Mary Holmes, a Dublin based mother, and owner of Ruby Seven, ...

The secret life of a working mum

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I'm writing this from my small boy's bedroom floor, and when he finally goes to sleep, I'll grab something to eat, probably standing at the counter, making a school lunch and checking e-mails at the same time. Then I'll bake a cake for the school cake-sale. OK, there's no cake-sale. But you get the drift. ...

Office Mum stories – Claire Byrne

Claire Byrne Office Mum

“We haven’t made it easy in this country for women or for young families. We say that we want everyone to be productive members of society, but then we haven’t put the supports in place for people with young children who want to go back to work. I think this should be top of the ...

Office Mum stories – Alison O’Connor

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“Sometimes I think that the only way this would be properly addressed by society is if women announced they were not going to be involved in any further reproduction until the system was change to make life easier afterwards” This week’s interview is with Alison O'Connor, who is a columnist with The Irish Examiner. Her work ...

Office Mum stories – Rachael Schedewy

Rachael Schedewy Office Mum

“I sometimes look longingly at the mothers I can see from my office window, taking their kids for a walk to the park… sometimes I even tear up at my desk thinking about what I am missing out”  This week’s interview comes from the other side of the world - Rachael Schedewy is a 28 year ...

The impossible economy of childcare

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I remember the first time my Laser card was rejected. It was 2010, and I was just back at work after my second maternity leave. I was trying to buy some groceries, and couldn’t understand why my card wouldn’t go through. I checked my balance. Forty-three cents. Mid-way through the month. It took a few hours for it all to sink ...

Office Mum stories – Nicola Sheehan

Nicola Sheehan Office Mum

“I knew that our wages would not cover a second child in crèche so I saved enough money to pay the second child’s crèche fees, for the 9 months until my older daughter starts the free preschool year this September. I’m hoping by then the burden might ease off a bit. It’s not easy, but I ...

Office Mum stories – Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy interview Office Mum

“I usually collapse in my pyjamas by 8.30pm… I flake out on front of the TV, watching soaps…taking off my make-up and putting Sudocrem on my spots.” This week’s interview is with Lucy Kennedy; TV presenter on The 7 o’ Clock Show and mother of two. She talks about childcare, trying to do everything, working mother ...

Office Mum Stories – Joanne Keane

Joanne Keane Caman and Play Office Mum

“It is usually women… who see the raised eyebrows when they actually have to leave their desks to go and pick up their children and can’t stay late, but who maybe then put in another few hours on the laptop when the children go to bed”  Originally from west Clare but living in Dublin, Joanne is ...

Office Mum stories – Tamara Whitney

Tamara Whitney - Office Mum

“My husband is the main carer for the children and always has been – as he left a job in the City of London to change career when I was pregnant with my first child” This week’s interview is with Tamara Whitney, a mother of two who works full-time, and has recently moved from the UK ...