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Survey:  a total of 26,635 patients were invited to participate in May 2017. Some 13,706 took part, a response rate of 51 per cent. Photograph: Getty

The first National Patient Experience Survey has its origins in a desire by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) to see what was happen(...)

Courbe sofa, available in a variety of shades and pictured here in Rubine from Jonnmar, Donnybrook

“Dream tonight of peacock tails and diamond fields . . .” wrote Thomas Pynchon in his richly imaginative novel V. The newly opened Jonnmar showroom in(...)

 Gareth Steenson:  “We are very excited about the game. We know we have to be on our mettle but we feel we are in a good place.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Once upon a time, well 2005 to be precise, there were two young outhalves who competed for the Ireland number 10 jersey at the Under-21 Rugby World C(...)

Liberal MP Warren Entsch (centre) hugs Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Lukas Coach/EPA

Australia became the 26th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed almost unanimously through parliament ju(...)

A large boulder deposited at Annagh Head in Co Mayo.

Spectacular boulder deposits on the Co Mayo coast and parts of the western seaboard were caused by ferocious Atlantic storms - and not an unknown tsun(...)

Sr Patricia Wall, pictured in 2013 with Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody and then Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sr Patricia Wall has been named Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Ireland Awards for her dedication to a local community in Co Tipperary. Sr Pat(...)

“This is a massive year for everyone. There is a core group of us where this is everything to us. If we don’t get into the World Series then what do you do? Go into a 9-5 job?”

Last March Leinster team manager Guy Easterby told Billy Dardis that there wouldn’t be a contract for him the following season. The province had signe(...)

Francis Nolan, head chef at Vines Village Café in Blenheim, Marlborough

As part of Food Month at The Irish Times, Irish chefs working abroad tell us about their jobs. Francis Nolan, from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, is head ch(...)

Coach Kieran Keane: Connacht are light in the back row with both Eoin McKeon  and Jake Heenan   joining Jarrad Butler and  Seán O’Brien on the injury list. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kieran Keane will return to Italy for the first time in 38 years when he takes his Connacht squad to Parma for Saturday’s Pro 14 encounter with Micha(...)

In 2014, there was an 86 per cent take up of the HPV vaccination in Ireland among eligible schoolgirls in Ireland. Last year, just half of those elig(...)

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