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(...)

He was only five years old but John O’Connell still remembers the moment he was told his mum had died – two days after the event. “It was weird becaus(...)

Dealing with death

The Ombudsman’s reflections on end-of-life care will hopefully add momentum to the gathering debate on how we deal with death. In his report, A Good D(...)

Many moons ago I worked in a hospice. Well, to be accurate, I was the first doctor on the homecare team at St Francis Hospice in Raheny, Dublin. (...)