Misleading labelling: low-fat products usually contain high amounts of sugar and low-sugar products are often full of fats and calories. Photograph: Thinkstock

I recently wrote a piece about breastfeeding (Breast is best but not for Irish babies, August 25th, 2015). Several women wrote for advice abou(...)

The 2013 Annual Report from Women’s Aid shows that 16,464 women reported being stabbed, punched raped, kicked, choked, beaten, stalked and harassed. Photograph: Thinkstock

Domestic violence is poorly understood in Ireland. The Garda chaplain, Fr Joe Kennedy, when interviewed on RTÉ1’s Morning Ireland after the murder (...)

Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin writes about his ‘15 minutes of fatherhood’ in his new book. Photograph: Alan Betson

I am an avid fan of RTÉ Radio 1 but there were times, over the past few weeks, when I had to switch off, move the dial, or leave the room. The amount (...)

Lieut Seamus Shannon presents Conor McDonagh (4) and his sister Kyla (7) with a national flag and a copy of the 1916 proclamation at a ceremony in St Patrick’s National School, Cornanool, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Flags are important. They have meaning for people. National flags are particularly important. The Flags for Schools initiative is part of the 1916-201(...)

People don’t stop living just because they get older. Photograph: Thinkstock

Every so often I feel compelled to write about ageism, a prejudice so ingrained in Irish society that few people recognise it. Recent rumours that th(...)

It doesn’t matter how old or thin we are, everyone needs to exercise. Photograph: Thinkstock

Today is World Physiotherapy Day and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is highlighting the benefits of exercise to human health. (...)

Dishcloths: E. coli was present on over one-quarter of dishcloths and 14 per cent were contaminated with Listeria. Photograph: Thinkstock

Increasingly obsessed with keeping ourselves and our environment germ-free, many of us would prefer to live in a sterile world. Touch surfaces made fr(...)

Nothing humans do is ever straightforward. We are the only mammals that have made a meal, excuse the pun, out of feeding our young. Photograph: Thinkstock

Irish women are committed bottle- feeders. Despite overwhelming evidence that breastmilk is best for babies until they are at least six months old,(...)

Phelim Quinn, chief executive of Hiqa, said ‘health professionals seem unable to distinguish between what is an acceptable and unacceptable standard of care’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Working for the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) can’t be easy. The organisation is in the news nearly every day and publishes several (...)

According to Bird Watch Ireland, gulls are useful scavengers and provide a service to towns and cities. Photograph: Thinkstock

Herring gulls have been making a nuisance of themselves in towns and cities, snatching mobile phones and grabbing food from tables and hands. Senator (...)