Dr Katherine Sleeman, lecturer in  palliative care, Kings College London, and ex-Supreme Court judge Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness at the End of Life conference in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Ireland may have the highest growing need for palliative care in Europe with the number of people over 80 projected to quadruple over the next 30 year(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on their arrival to Kazumu International Airport, Lilongwe, Malawi on the ninth day of the President’s 22-day official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew

Irish missionaries were Ireland’s original pioneers in Africa, President Michael D Higgins has said in Malawi. Six Irish missionaries with long servi(...)

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It was three days before I was due to fly home that my sister’s husband broached the subject of the funeral. We had researched the options beforeha(...)