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(...)

Consultant psychiatrist Prof Brendan  said  the research represented ‘the tip of the iceberg’ in terms of mental illness and trauma among migrants.

A newly published Irish study has found a high level of undetected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among both migrant and native-born psychiatri(...)

Lethal injection chamber in Huntsville, Texas: the state of Texas performs more executions than any other US state.  photograph: david j sams collection/the image bank

On February 15th 1998, Michael Wayne Hall (18), a labourer from Dallas, abducted a 19-year-old woman and shot her several times with a .22-calibre pis(...)

Sgt Ken O’Sullivan told Cork Circuit Court how five men were among a group who attended a pre-planned sulky race between horses called Christy’s Filly and Russian Lady at 8am on May 5th, 2012 on the main Cork-Mallow Road over a 2km stretch.  Photograph: Youtube

Five men have been jailed for three months each after they failed in their appeal against custodial sentences for their involvement in a sulky race on(...)

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill was published in July 2013 and, if implemented, will reform the law relating to persons who require assis(...)