Emily O’Reilly pictured in her office during her last week as Ombudsman last year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The fact that biology has “manacled” them to the lives of their children needs to be acknowledged if mothers are to find “psychological peace” in t(...)

Song and dance man: Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in Mad Men

Mad Men (Sky Atlantic, Wednesday) has split its seventh, final season in two, so this week’s satisfyingly complete, unexpectedly sentimental and poign(...)

Irish Water contractors removing water meters from the Ashbrook Estate in Togher, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Residents of a Cork housing estate have welcomed the removal by Irish Water of a small number of water meters and have hailed the move as “a small vic(...)

Stephen Egan: The report into the death of Gary Douch reveals a prison service so keen to transfer the troublesome, violent and mentally ill Egan that no one group of staff or facility ever took ownership of his care. In one 2½-year period, he was transferred 17 times.  Photograph:  Collins/Court

The Irish Prison Service and the Central Mental Hospital were to blame for serious errors leading up to the killing in Mountjoy Prison of Gary Douch, (...)

A group in Raheny, Dublin, protesting against Irish Water service charges yesterday. Photograph: Dublin Says No campaign via Facebook 1:20

A small group of residents and anti-water service charge protesters stopped Irish Water contractors installing water meters in a housing estate(...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)

John Lonergan

He’s a small, slight figure in front of a crowd, but former prison governor John Lonergan has the audience hanging on his every word when he delive(...)

University life is meant to be enjoyable as well as serious, but many students may find difficulty adjusting to, or benefiting fully from, the cultural and intellectual extra-curricular activities considered a normal part of third level education.

As the 2013 Leaving Cert results are announced today we can anticipate the usual euphoria over students who have scored 600 points. It is important to(...)

Ciara Kiernan (18), who with her sister Sabrina Archbold (25) received a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to assault causing harm. Kiernan was taken to Paris as part of John Lonergan’s Circus. Photograph: Collins Courts

The victim of a vicious assault has spoken about her anger at seeing one of her attackers being “rewarded” with a trip to Paris as part of a RTÉ show.(...)

A restorative programme to help develop conflict resolution skills in west Tallaght in Dublin should be rolled out to all schools in Ireland, f(...)