Deirdre Murphy, a teacher in Booterstown, Dublin: ‘I always have a lunchbox on my desk with a mountain of snacks.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On March 19th, 2013, I celebrated my 20-year “Diaversary”. I decided to have a party to celebrate this monumental occasion, and 20 years of good he(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly is expected to seek Cabinet approval shortly for two urgent care centres in Dublin that will deal with less serious cases and ensure the new hospital is not overburdened with minor cases. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The new national children’s hospital in Dublin risks becoming a “magnet” for less serious cases unless the same standards of care are available in the(...)

Right, Mary Bracken (18) with artist Rachel Tynan with a book they collaborated on called Colours of Life. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teenage dialysis patient Mary Bracken didn’t quite know what to make of artist Rachel Tynan when she arrived at her hospital bedside one day last year(...)