Italy’s data protection commissioner recently stated that some of the millions of images circulating in the world of child pornography originate in parents’ social media posts

I have, somewhere, a black and white photograph of myself aged about two, standing in a field with our dog Lassie. That, and four or five other photog(...)

‘Is it time we talked about how we die?’ might, a reader suggests, be a more inclusive approach

My column on euthanasia (Is it time we talked about euthanasia?) brought heartfelt replies which I have to say have stayed with me since I read them. (...)

Sometimes helping someone, or not, says more about you than about them. Photograph: Getty Images

Evening walks bring me through hospital grounds – a lively place with patients standing about in dressing gowns, smoking. The other week, I had reach(...)

The prospect of sharing a last word and a kiss and dying holding hands may never  be a realistic one in Ireland

Nic and Trees Elderhorst were 91 years of age when they died by euthanasia in Holland recently. He had suffered a stroke and she had been told she had(...)

Human beings don’t like uncertainty. Uncertainty is the farmer’s companion.

When I read recently of what was described as a silent epidemic of suicide among French farmers I was struck by the thought that, to many of us, the i(...)

Imagine  you are a child being exploited by   pornography. You might expect the authorities would act with speed if  images were found on any computer. Four years is an eternity in the life of a child.

Justice delayed is, as we all know, justice denied. Disturbing recent instances of this denial of justice have involved the investigation of historica(...)

No more heroes any more: In real news, a fake Donald Trump gets installed in the new National Wax Museum in  Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Do you regard somebody as heroic? If so why? I don’t mean what makes them heroic. I mean, why do you need to regard anybody as heroic in your life? I(...)

Isolation deserves far more notice in public debate than it gets. This is especially so as some researchers talk of an ‘epidemic of solitude’. Photograph: iStock

‘Death by despair” and “diseases of despair” are phrases I’ve been hearing more often as explanations for certain very negative trends in modern socie(...)

Among boys bullying is the most negative influence on their body image. Photograph: iStock

That we are living in times of increasing emotional stress may be one explanation for figures suggesting that the proportion of men and women needing (...)

“Most shame-attacking exercises are just silly, and that’s the point of them . . . when nothing terrible happens, the person experiences less anxiety in facing the world in future.” Illustration: Hong Li/Getty Images

A young Italian woman recently drew a lot of attention in Bologna by going out to do her shopping without any clothes on. Naturally she was filmed on (...)