Lack of an overseeing body in some categories leaves a question mark over standards

Ciara O’Farrell (6) and her brother Cian (4) at home near Wexford town. Photograph: Patrick Browne

About 60 of six-year-old Ciara O’Farrell’s joints are affected by the most severe type of juvenile arthritis

Danger zone: Gabriel Fitzpatrick dons goggles before entering the isolation area of the Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. Photograph: PK Lee/MSF

The chairman of Médecins Sans Frontières in Ireland has just returned from the organisation’s treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Max Barry (5), Ellie Mooney (7), Evan Wilkes (10) and Sophie Kirwan (11) at the Irish Heart Foundation’s pre-budget submission calling fora €30 million fund to tackle Ireland’s childhood obesity crisis. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

What efforts is the food industry making to reduce obesity in Ireland?

Age of experience: Ellen Ridden regularly speaks out on elder issues

The 74-year-old activist says that older people surviving on old age pensions can’t afford any more hidden charges

The Richmond Asylum, built in the 19th century from Dublin calp limestone with granite details

Officially opened in 1815, the building now has a collapsed roof, all of the windows are broken or boarded up, and the site is sur(...)

New role: John Murphy on the Moerans’ farm

Irish farmers are helping people with intellectual disabilities and mental-health problems to find fulfilling work

Stephen Allen, Aran Power and Kevin Power at Shannon after the rally. photograph: brian arthur/press 22

The Limerick man was one of only three motorcyclists to complete the 16,000km route – raising €12,000 for charity

St Senan’s Hospital is used by the HSE for same-day respite care and administrative offices, though the interior is in urgent need of repair. Photograph: Mary Browne

St Senan’s Psychiatric Hospital, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

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