Correspondence between religious  congregations and the Department of Education, obtained by The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act, shows the  orders are taking a firm line against further contributions that would meet the Government’s target of an equal sharing of redress costs. File photograph: Reuters

Religious congregations who have failed to make promised payments to cover their share of institutional redress costs have blamed the shortfall on flu(...)

A protester pictured at the Roscommon hospital protest outside Leinster House. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

All politics is local, as any politician seeking to close or downgrade a hospital will find out very quickly. No issue provokes such emotion in local (...)

Ronnie Conlon campaigning for accessibility in Galway City. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Time was when the job of a young garda might involve sourcing fuel to heat the local station in winter. Ronnie Conlon was one such willing recruit, ba(...)

Vincent O’Driscoll at Cork Circuit Criminal  Court yesterday. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A man who suffered devastating injuries when a truck rolled over him has pleaded with truck drivers especially to take more care on the roads. “Tru(...)

incent O’Driscoll at Cork Circuit Criminal Court today. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts

A 49-year-old haulier who failed to rectify 70 defects in his truck has been jailed for three years for driving over a cyclist who has been left paral(...)

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. The brief is to create a “world-standard” children’s hospital similar in scale and quality to similar facilities in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

One of the architectural firms chosen to design the new national children’s hospital at St James’s was involved in designing an earlier version of th(...)

Vincent O’Driscoll described catastrophic and life-changing injuries after he was hit by the truck. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A 31-year-old cyclist left paralysed after a truck carrying 42 tonnes of timber rolled over him has spoken of the traumatic impact of the accident as (...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Henry Murdoch and his wife Davida at the launch of his new books. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore last night launched a travel book and childhood memoir by the well-known legal author and former chairman of the National Reha(...)

Artwork by Jason Padgett, who suffered a brain injury.

Jason Padgett was 31 when he was mugged outside a karaoke bar in Tacoma, a port city in Washington state, in 2002. It felt like his “head was on fire”(...)

Jillian Boyle: “I used to be a negative and stressed; now I’m far happier. I laugh more and get angry less.” Photograph: Barry Cronin 1:49

Jillian Ennis-O’Boyle from Athboy, Co Meath, was busy running her off-licence when her knee suddenly gave way as she walked around her shop. It(...)