Criticisms included allegations of food contaminated with dead maggots, glass, a razor blade in minced meat; a cigarette in a fruit brack; a fly in a jar of marmalade; an insect in an apple tart; the tip of a knife in spare ribs; wire in takeaway food and a metal bolt in a tin of grapefruit.

Dead maggots, insects, wire and a razor blade were just some of the entities discovered in food items in 2014, while the number of food-related compla(...)

Social isolation among older people - those aged 65 years and over - puts ageing populations at a higher risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity, according to the Alone charity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Loneliness among older people is believed to be as damaging to their health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, with older generations at risk of increase(...)

The vast majority of Irish children believe they know more about the internet than their parents, yet 43 per cent still don’t know how to use the “(...)

Some 58 per cent of those aged 15-16 reported using the internet excessively

A major report published today on internet use among Irish children shows that, while they are rapidly developing their online skills, a higher pro(...)

Bruce Springsteen with his wife Patti Scialfa. The Boss may perform two dates in Croke Park this summer. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Lord Mayor Christy Bourke has said a structure is needed to protect the rights of the local community around Croke Park, regardless of which artist(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says the latest regulations mark the first time the Government is dealing with alcohol consumption through public health legislation rather than through licensing and justice legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has described the range of measures announced on Tuesday to reduce alcohol consumption as the most far reaching yet t(...)

The dead female hen harrier found in Co Kerry. Photograph: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

An investigation has begun after a young hen harrier was shot dead in Co Kerry. The rare female bird of prey was being followed by thousands of people(...)

CervicalCheck, the national cervical screening programme, says the number seeking regular smear tests drops off among older women. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

Younger women aged 25-29 are more likely to have regular cervical smear tests than older women, with only 64 per cent of Irish women aged 55-59 availi(...)

Michael and Mae Lambert were married for more than six decades. Photograph: Edward Lambert

Ireland’s oldest man, Michael Lambert from Co Roscommon, has died aged 107.Lambert, who was born on October 5th, 1907, in Clooneygrasson, Castlerea, (...)

Microsoft’s Bill Gates speaks at the ‘Reach every child’ conference in Berlin. Minister of State Seán Sherlock has announced an additional €3 million in Irish Aid funding for vaccines for children dying from preventable diseases. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

The Government has announced additional €3 million in funding for vaccines for children dying from preventable diseases, raising the Irish Aid oversea(...)