Sarah Fitzgibbon with her daughters, Poppy and Rosemary. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Feelings of isolation and ongoing anxiety about the future affect Sarah Fitzgibbon, a mother-of-two whose younger child, eight-year-old Poppy, was dia(...)

Mairead Wall, Health and Safety Inspector, pictured leaving the Dublin District Court after giving evidence in a hearing involving Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dublin Zoo has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a two-year-old girl was mauled by a “chilled out” Brazilian tapir which(...)

Almost a month ago, dozens of backbench Fine Gael TDs vented their anger about the medical card issue on Minister for Health James Reilly at a meeting of the parliamentary party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Of all the banana skins that tripped the Government parties up in this month’s election, the medical card issue was perhaps the most unlikely. (...)

Mr Shatter’s pique

Pique and self-aggrandisement should not influence ethical behaviour. Alan Shatter ignored those considerations when, in a carefully stage-managed exe(...)

Health Minister Dr James Reilly TD in 2012 announcing that  St James Hospital Dublin would be the location for the new National Children’s Hospital Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

A group of healthcare professionals led by hospital developer and consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jimmy Sheehan has announced proposals to build the ne(...)

Web Log

Plenty of teens up and down the country are probably getting an Xbox One this Christmas (or even a 360 - they’re still pretty decent) but the chances (...)

If people refuse to support the CRC’s work it is children and adults with disabilities who will suffer. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

In the book Connected: the Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Nick Christakis and James Fowler trace the fascinatin(...)

Ireland’s largest waste management firm, Greyhound Recycling and Recovery, and two of its directors have been hit with penalties

Ireland’s largest waste management firm, Greyhound Recycling and Recovery, and two of its directors have been hit with penalties for failing to preven(...)

Jonathan Iriwin: has a salary of €90,000 as chief executive of Jack and Jill, but took nothing for the first six years of existence

The founder of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation Jonathan Irwin has called on the chairman of the Central Remedial Clinic, Hamilton Goulding, to(...)

 Jonathan Irwin, chief executive of the Jack and Jill Foundation and with John and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward. Photograph:  Alan Betson

In November 2012, I was at the Jack and Jill office when I had a rectal bleed in the bathroom. Although I was scared, I was like most men and was too (...)