Open about sexuality: DIT students held Stand Up 4 Love, a comedy and music night at Vicar Street, in support of a Yes vote in the marriage-equality referendum

Ireland has witnessed significant social change and sometimes dizzying levels of diversity in recent decades. Does that extend to a new willingness to(...)

Dr Helen Buckley, chair of the National Review Panel, spoke of three teenage women, on lengthy waiting lists for psychology services, who had taken their own lives. Photograph: Eric Luke

An independent review into the deaths of 26 young people known to social services last year has raised concern over long waiting lists for mental heal(...)

Unexplained bruising and bedsores were found on residents at the facility. Library photograph: Thinkstock

The State’s health watchdog is concerned about the safety and quality of services for residents at a centre for people with intellectual disabilities (...)

Tusla said all children with the greatest need were effectively identified by the service but  accepted there were areas which required improvement. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Many vulnerable children at risk of harm in the Cork area did not have access to social workers or vital supports, an investigation into social servic(...)

 Solicitor Brian O’Donnell has resumed his challenge to a High Court order requiring his family to vacate their Killiney mansion, Gorse Hill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell has been granted a stay of a further month against a High Court ruling ordering him and his wife to vacate their Killiney ma(...)

 Government sources argue there is no single reason for the increase in road deaths  again last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Road users are most likely to lose their lives in counties where the fewest penalty points have been issued, official figures indicate. An Iris(...)

A Garda issues a speeding ticket  near Ashbourne, Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Road fatalities tend to be higher in counties with a lower rate of penalty points, new analysis shows. A regional breakdown of penalty points s(...)

Lobby groups such as the AA argue a shortage of Garda checkpoints has had an impact on driver behaviour. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The trend, which emerges in an Irish Times analysis of data for road deaths and traffic projections, poses a number of pressing questions for those(...)

Extended family: grandparents now do more childcare than creches

Time was when grandparents could put their feet up and enjoy a well-earned retirement, safe in the knowledge their energy-sapping days of child-rear(...)

Bridget McMahon with her grandchildren Lara Rose (6) and Aoife May (4) , at Lucan Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bridget McMahon (68) is one of a growing army of grandparents rediscovering a role many thought they had put behind them: childminding.The mother of (...)