Mental Health Commission’s report follows concerns over deaths and governance issues in the Carlow/Kilkenny and South Tipperary. Photograph: Getty Images

Proper assessments might have alerted staff to the risks facing up to 13 people who went on to die by apparent suicide, the State’s watchdog(...)

A Hiqa report has found that St Patrick’s Community Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, was in breach of 12 of the 18 standards it was inspected against. Photograph: Brian Shaw

Carl O’Brien Inspectors have found some older residents at a HSE-run nursing home had not received a bath or shower for a month or more. The finding i(...)

At present a constitutional right to privacy exists on the part of birth parents. Photograph: Getty Images

As many as 50,000 adopted people will have the right to their birth certificate for the first time under new legislation being drawn up by the Governm(...)

Robert Watt, Secretary General at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: “It’s a falsehood to suggest that we can have the best services in the world without paying for them.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish people cannot expect Nordic-style public services unless they are willing to pay dramatically more in taxes, the national economic dialogue at (...)

A Central Statistics Office survey on wellbeing shows more than three-quarters of the  population of the Republic ranked their overall satisfaction with life as “high” or “very high”.  File photograph: Getty Images

How happy are we? Despite water charges, property taxes and the universal social charge, it seems we’re an impressively upbeat bunch of people, us Iri(...)

 Volunteers clean up  outside St Catherines Church,  Thomas Street, Dublin. While many voluntary groups reported a decline in numbers during the economic boom,   latest figures suggest a large proportion of the population (28 per cent) is contributing to the community. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than a quarter of the population is involved in some form of volunteering, new figures show. The value of volunteering work - if the minimum wage(...)

It is estimated there are between 20,000 and 25,000 undocumented people living in Ireland, including children. Photograph: Eric Luke

A majority of the Irish public is in favour of allowing undocumented migrants the right to live and work here legally, according to a poll commission(...)

The Arklow/Rathnew Motorway the M11 looking north which was officially opened by Ministers Paschal Donohoe and Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

One of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country has been bypassed with the opening of a new section of the M11 in Co Wicklow. The Arklow/R(...)

A sex worker said she felt compelled to have intercourse with a garda because she feared further prosecution. Photograph: Frank Miller

A garda who denied raping a sex worker shortly after he arrested the young woman has been sanctioned by Garda authorities. The Garda Síochána Ombudsma(...)

Independent senator Jillian van Turnhout has called for an investigation into the Health Service Executive’s handling of a case involving a teenage gi(...)