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

Linda-Anne O’Flaherty, who works at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, with a young boy who lost his leg in a crash.

Once treated with scepticism, essential oils can be used alongside hospital treatments

Turbine development: ‘It will ruin everything we’ve worked for and completely devalue our property.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An €80m wind-turbine project got the go-ahead this week. But local campaigners say their fight is not over yet

Studying abroad:   Tilburg University  in the Netherlands

Growing numbers of Irish students are waiving their CAO offers and choosing colleges on the Continent

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