Mary Nevin, a night nurse with the Irish Cancer Society: ‘I have seen many different reactions in people, in the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s death. We are all amateurs when it comes to grief, and all reactions are perfectly normal.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Respite for families My role as a night nurse involves caring for terminally ill patients, providing comfort, managing their symptoms and offering som(...)

  A new book will raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Sons + Fathers will contain an introduction by Colm Toibín and  contributions by Bill Clinton,Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Farrell, Bono and all members of U2. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Members of U2, as well as a host of other musicians and writers are contributing to a special new Irish Hospice Foundation book celebrating the unique(...)

A candlelight vigil in remembrance of Savita Halappanavar was held at the gates of St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin late last year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

New facilities for women who suffer loss in pregnancy are to be provided on the ward where Savita Halappanavar stayed before her death in University H(...)

Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, with a map showing how many people die at home or in hospital according to area. Photograph: Alan Betson

Just one out of every three people who would like to do at home actually do so, according to a new report.People’s preference to die in their own home(...)

Family time: three out of every four people surveyed about their end-of-life wishes said they would like to die at home, surrounded by loved ones. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty

Ask anyone about death and the Irish and they will say that we do it well. So well that, assuming death arrives after a full life, some who like a (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

 Dr Anne Merriman’s calling grew into helping bring palliative care to the underprivileged. Photograph: Eric Luke

Anne Merriman looks at least 20 years younger than her actual age of 79, an impression reinforced because she also speaks with the passion and intensi(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with his predecessor James Reilly, who  announced the expert panel earlier this year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has promised to reform the discretionary medical card system after a report called for greater sensitivity in the way(...)

What is it like to die in Ireland in 2014? Is it getting better or worse? Have you thought about your death? Have you a friend or family member at ris(...)

Ireland’s growing ageing population means that the number of people living with dementia will treble in a generation. There are currently almos(...)