“We welcome all the regulatory proposals from the Education and Justice Ministers announced this week, but we remain skeptical that they will be implemented,” says David O’Grady, chief executive of Marketing English in Ireland

Thousands of overseas students who came to Ireland to learn English have lost their courses and their tuition fees over the past year with the closure(...)

Homeopathic remedies: widely used around Europe. Photograph: BSIP/UIG/Getty

Homeopathy doesn’t always get a fair hearing in the media, according to Sheelagh Behan, an Irish homeopath and organiser of an international conferenc(...)

Bug-and-bird B&B: Scoil Chonglais’s winning team. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

A group of students who came up with an unusual solution to the decline of the bug population in the grounds of their school scooped the top prize at (...)

Camilla Mahon: “There is a complete mix of people who volunteer – although they are mainly women. In fact, we need more men”

Camilla Mahon got involved with Making Connections, an organisation that offers a hand of friendship to older people, after seeing how her grandfat(...)

William Butler Yeats: the poet bought Thoor Ballylee in 1916. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

The 16th-century Hiberno-Norman tower house once owned by the poet WB Yeats will reopen this summer after the donation of €30,000 by an Irish-American(...)

Poor quality: Chris Shanahan hopes a new waste-water treatment plant will make Clifden Bay safe to bathe in again

Clifden has had a pollution problem. Overflow from the local waste-water treatment plant has seeped into Clifden Bay, making it unsuitable for bathing(...)

On patrol: Patricia Oliver, who has also been responsible for setting up the Blue Flag programme for beaches

There’s far less litter around than there used to be, according to Patricia Oliver of An Taisce. Part of that is down to the National Spring Clean, wh(...)

The public petition presented to Dáil and Seanad deputies at Leinster House

What was once deemed to be a benevolent law has become one that strips away all decision-making powers from people with intellectual disabilities, (...)

Norwegian student Hanna Guriby re-imagined the Hammam building as an urban spa

O’Connell Street is a street you pass through to get somewhere else, rather than a destination in itself, says John McDonald, interior designer and he(...)

David Staunton: “Ecotherapy takes into account the feelings of loss, hopelessness and denial that many of us are living with due to the gross injustices – climate change, pollution, the mass extinction of birds, animals and plants – that nature and our planet experience”

‘Ecopsychology” is part of the solution to climate-change denial and inaction on global warming, according to David Staunton, an “ecopsychologist” (...)