The report comes weeks after Ombudsman Peter Tyndall revealed shortcomings in care of the dying through a study of complaints made to his office. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

A Government-led parliamentary watchdog has called for a U-turn on the controversial scrapping of the bereavement grant.The Coalition-dominated commit(...)

Bring the garden into the kitchen by making an ice-bowl in which to serve chilled food. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I s June the loveliest month in the garden? It’s certainly hard to beat for that feeling of abundance and the whispered promise (not always kept) o(...)

The cast of WillFredd Theatre’s Care in rehearsals at Project Cube: Jack Cawley, Seán Mac Erlaine, Shane O’Reilly, Sonya Kelly and Eleanor Methven. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

No one really wants to think about dying, but occasionally such thoughts are to the forefront of our minds. Whether it is family members, the l(...)

 Duke Special played with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2013 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.Photograph: Conor McCabe

“When bankers get together for dinner,” said Oscar Wilde, “they discuss art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money.” Wilde w(...)

The Lookout, by Brian O’Doherty, at Charles Fort for Kinsale Arts Festival. Photograph: John Allen

The arts aren’t unique: everyone has seen cuts to funding, but as artists and arts organisations are told to raise more money from an already s(...)