Ombudsman Peter Tyndall: no power to look at  complaints relating to clinical matters. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Maura Mc Court died in hospital in February 2014. Six months after her death, her partner, Laurence Collins, complained to the Health Service Executiv(...)

Michael O’Meara believes certain   fish  which are currently  discarded can and should be eaten

Moon jellyfish, rabbit fish, grenadier or “rat tail” and wolf eel don’t look particularly tasty and tend to get tossed overboard when netted at sea. (...)

Timely: this autumn’s supermoons and all the talk of life on Mars give a topical edge to I Was There’s distillation of evolution. Illustration: Michael Viney

How do you inspire an eight-year-old, say, with young delight in sharing with everything else on Earth, atoms born of the Big Bang, 14 billion years a(...)

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres for asylum seekers. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres (...)

Patients are afraid to complain about the care they receive in hospitals because of concerns over possible repercussions for themselves or their loved ones, according to an investigation by the Ombudsman. Photograph: AFP

Patients are afraid to complain about the care they receive in hospitals because of concerns over possible repercussions for themselves or their loved(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Mr Howlin is to extend the remit of the Ombudsman to allow it to investigate complaints in private nursing homes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Ombudsman is to be given new powers to investigate complaints in private nursing homes.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin (...)

Voters will be asked to vote on on the questions of marriage equality and the age of eligibility for contesting presidential elections on May 22nd. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Constitutional status of marriage will remain unchanged if the same-sex marriage amendment is passed, the Referendum Commission has said. Launchin(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn: his criticism of Ombudsman Peter Tyndall is revealed in documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The head of one State watchdog has accused the head of another of undermining the reputation and credibility of his organisation in a heated row spar(...)

Alan Kelly:  a more realistic time frame was that the commission would be  operational ahead of the next European and local elections, in 2019. Photograph: : Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has committed to establish an independent electoral commission during its term of office.However, Minister for the Environment Alan Ke(...)

The Information Commissioner has refused a Freedom of Information appeal by The Irish Times for official records on the liquidation of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, the former Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Information Commissioner has refused a Freedom of Information appeal by The Irish Times for official records on the liquidation of Irish Bank Re(...)