Susan Cliffe: “The adrenaline is high when Hiqa inspectors are in the hospital, but we don’t go with faces like hatchets”

Susan Cliffe, a Health Information and Quality Authority inspector, spends her working days checking the standards of hygiene and healthcare at acute (...)

Easter Rising: Niamh McCann (right) plays Julia Grennan, a Dublin furrier whose partner, a Cuman na mBan member and nurse named Elizabeth O’Farrell (played by Bairbre Ní hAodha), delivered Pádraig Pearse’s letter of surrender to Gen William Lowe in 1916. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Niamhh McCann has probably featured in the backgrounds of more than a few selfies this week. She’s on the streets of the capital, re-creating life at (...)

Sarah Bredin: “I was clearly living in a state of depression without knowing it”

One in 20 of us will have a psychotic experience in our lifetimes, according to the Psychological Society of Ireland – and simple human understandi(...)

Hot in the kitchen?: checking the temperature of food in a restaurant. Photograph: Photofusion/Universal via Getty

Last month the Food Safety Authority of Ireland forced 14 restaurants, takeaways and other food businesses to close after visits by environmental-heal(...)

“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(...)