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So long: Waving goodbye to family at Dublin Airport after Christmas. Photographs: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Christmas time in Ireland is like a tide. It flows in with thousands of Irish emigrants returning home and ebbs as the same people return to their liv(...)

Escargot Ireland chairwoman Deirdre O’Connor: ‘We have everything required to make this successful except research and Government help.’ Photograph: Alan Landers

These animals never kick, and no dangerous machinery is required to farm them. Their carbon footprint is minuscule, and their meat is high in protein (...)

Dr Colm Henry, Paul Reid and Anne O’Connor at Dr Steevens Hospital for the HSE’s operational update on the response to Covid-19. Photograph: Leah Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Covid-19 numbers have stabilised but at “an extremely high level” presenting a “huge risk” to the health service heading into the winter period, HSE c(...)

Red Kennedy of Voici creperie and wine bar in Rathmines, Dublin. ‘Anyone with experience can name their price. But there is a limit. I know that certain companies aren’t opening on certain days because they don’t have the staff.’Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The numerous “staff wanted” signs in the windows say it all. Businesses are grappling with major shortages of workers as the Covid-19 pandemic up-ends(...)

The Sean Ross Abbey mother and baby home in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Adoptee survivors of mother and baby homes say they are “devastated” and “up in arms”over the mother and baby homes redress scheme, saying it “discrim(...)

Catherine Corless at the site of the former Tuam mother and baby home in 2019. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Catherine Corless has received a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Red Cross for her investigations into the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home (...)

The inspection report said that due to the size and layout of the building ‘risks associated with fire containment and evacuation remained’. Photograph: The Irish Times

A HSE-run nursing home in Co Kilkenny is located in an “unsuitable” premises that is affecting the quality of life for residents, an inspection report(...)

The Bons Secours Sisters were ‘dedicated to the service of the sick, the poor and the needy,’ said Archbishop Farrell who made no explicit reference to the order’s involvement in the Mother and Baby Home at Tuam. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The 70th anniversary of the Bons Secours Hospital at Glasnevin in Dublin and the 160th anniversary of the sisters arrival in Ireland have been warmly (...)

Maura McHugh of Kilcolgan, Co Galway, whose sister Anne died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Anne McHugh loved socialising and meeting people. She played hard but worked hard too, enjoying her job as a financial broker in the South Tower of th(...)

The two public hospitals and one private hospital owned by the Sisters of Charity through the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group were worth €434 million in 2017, according to documents filed at the Companies Registration Office. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is no exaggeration to say that the land and properties owned by the Catholic Church in Ireland could be valued in the billions. However, the owners(...)

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