Kate O’ O’Flaherty,  director of the Health and Wellbeing programme and Healthy Ireland, at the Department of Health. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A large Healthy Ireland banner is one of the first things you see when you enter the Department of Health headquarters on Hawkins Street, Dublin. As w(...)

Niall Keogh has been monitoring nesting seabirds on the east coast for the past month. He was one of the Birdwatch Ireland fieldworkers on duty on Ire(...)

Easter Rising: Niamh McCann (right) plays Julia Grennan, a Dublin furrier whose partner, a Cuman na mBan member and nurse named Elizabeth O’Farrell (played by Bairbre Ní hAodha), delivered Pádraig Pearse’s letter of surrender to Gen William Lowe in 1916. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Niamhh McCann has probably featured in the backgrounds of more than a few selfies this week. She’s on the streets of the capital, re-creating life at (...)

Dr Pat Gibbons, consultant psychiatrist in Kildare/ West Wicklow Mental Health Services; Agnes Higgins, professor of mental health at the school of nursing and midwifery in Trinity College Dublin; Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State with responsibility for disability, older people, equality and mental health; and Anne McGilloway, family member of the Eolas steering group. Photograph: Iain White/Sharppix

The lived experience of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (formerly manic depression) sits alongside clinical expertise in a mental health program(...)

Sarah Bredin: “I was clearly living in a state of depression without knowing it”

One in 20 of us will have a psychotic experience in our lifetimes, according to the Psychological Society of Ireland – and simple human understandi(...)

Seeking climate justice: 350.org founder Bill McKibben. Photograph: Nancie Battaglia

Bill McKibben had the first hybrid electric car in Vermont. His home in the countryside of the American state is covered in solar panels, and has all (...)

Architect Benan Clancy of Blackwood Associates Architects outside the restored Victorian house in Dublin 8: “We kept the proportions of all the main rooms as they were.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Looking into the back gardens of the Victorian houses in Sandymount from the Dart gives a near perfect picture of the variety of sizes and shapes o(...)

 Pauline Forster  at the Rotunda Hospital,Dublin: ‘ Having a baby is a unique time in people’s lives and it’s such a privilege to play a small role, to help them cope with any difficulties they face.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There are six social workers in the Rotunda Hospital. We provide a confidential information, support and counselling service to all women who attend t(...)

Yoga teacher Nicola Foxe (left) giving a yoga class to students from Blossom Ireland group at the Raheny Dance Studio, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Most people view yoga as a practice that requires quite a bit of self-discipline and focus to master. So to consider it an appropriate form of activit(...)

Hot in the kitchen?: checking the temperature of food in a restaurant. Photograph: Photofusion/Universal via Getty

Last month the Food Safety Authority of Ireland forced 14 restaurants, takeaways and other food businesses to close after visits by environmental-heal(...)