From the point of view of mental health, cannabis increases risk of anxiety, depression and severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression)

The recent report from the Oireachtas Justice Committee on the proposed decriminalisation of certain drug use is timely and important (“Minor d(...)

Syrian Kurd Salah ad-Din lifts his 7-month-old daughter Hiro Belo as they wait at the main bus station in Istanbul, Turkey, September 15th.  Photograph:  REUTERS/Murad Sezer

As Ireland contemplates its response to the wave of migration facing Europe, it’s worth reflecting on lessons learned from the wave of inward migratio(...)

A former Christian Brother and teacher has been jailed for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two boys in a Cork school in the 1970s and 1980s.

A former Christian Brother and teacher has been jailed for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two boys in a Cork school in the 1(...)

Archbishop Éamon Martin says Thomas Flynn’s “great love for Catholic education was known throughout Ireland”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The death has taken place of the retired bishop of Achonry, Thomas Flynn (84). He was born in Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon in 1931 and was ordained a (...)

Melancholia or depression was a common problem in other war hospitals too and was the most common diagnosis (18 per cent) among soldiers from the expeditionary force in France admitted to the Lord Derby War Hospital in Lancashire

In late 1918, Private JK, a 19-year old single private in the British army, was admitted to the Richmond War Hospital, a 32-bed establishment on the g(...)

‘Dolores had a special message for An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, which she delivered with her eye focused firmly on him.’  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hope House, situated on the banks of the Moy in Foxford, Co Mayo, is a residential centre specialising in the treatment of alcohol, drugs, gambling an(...)

  Kerry selector Diarmuid Murphy and manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice (right). Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

The last thing Diarmuid Murphy needs reminding of is that for all he achieved during his reign as Kerry goalkeeper – four All-Irelands, three All S(...)

St Ita’s psychiatric hospital in Portrane, north Dublin

Campaigners say an inquiry into mother and baby homes should be widened to include mental hospitals following further controversy over high death rate(...)

Some of the artefacts and records on view at Grangegorman Community Museum. Grangegorman was home to Ireland’s first psychiatric hospital founded in 1814. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

At the age of 19, Hanna Greally was admitted to St Loman’s Psychiatric Hospital in Mullingar. It was the mid-1940s and she had just returned home from(...)

At the launch of Towards Peace, Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary said it was “so disconcerting that a ministry which ought to have brought hope and healing instead brought harm and hurt and left in its wake brokenness, betrayal and disillusionment”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Towards Peace, a new spiritual support service for people whose faith has been damaged by clerical abuse and its handling by church authorities, was l(...)