Patient: Aoife Kirwan with her son, Adam, at last year’s MS Readathon. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

When Aoife Kirwan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, four years ago, at the age of 23, she began to investigate treatments. She decided that Ty(...)

Léan Kennedy (left) of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind: “Guide dogs are trained to sit under the table where their owner is sitting.” Photograph: Fennell Photography

Léan Kennedy gets a couple of phone calls a week from owners of guide or assistance dogs, saying that they’ve been refused access to food premises. “(...)

Conor Newman: “Community organisations need a lifeline of support to achieve the transformation that is within their power”

Volunteers are keeping our rural towns and villages alive, according to Conor Newman, chairman of the Heritage Council. “In the slow or nonexistent re(...)

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 (...)