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” (...)

Europe-wide study: researchers in 15 countries are studying GM potatoes’ potential resistance to blight. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty

The announcement this week of new European Union rules on genetically modified crops is just another step in a very politicised debate, according to D(...)

Prof June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, has published a book on dealing with the condition, ‘Dementia: The One-Stop Guide’.

Prof June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling in Scotland, is in Belfast to launch h(...)

Students for health: Michael Hanrahan (centre) and fellow members of University College Cork. Photograph: Tomas Tyner

The efforts to discourage students from drinking too much alcohol is one of the most noteworthy aspects of University College Cork’s work towards its (...)

On the way: some of the plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes sold in Australia. Photograph: Reuters

Vincent Jennings is upfront about representing the interests of 1,200 retailers who sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. He is also upfront abo(...)