“How could newspapers remain independent of government if they were to become hooked on the methadone of State cash?” Photograph: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Journalism matters. But so does its independence from government and other powerful forces that it is meant to hold to account. The road to hell for t(...)

Irish businessman Denis O’Brien is linked to property on the Caribbean island where Dermot Desmond has been developing an exclusive tourist resort, fi(...)

Young mourners, many J1 students, attend a candlelight vigil in Berkeley the night after the Irish students were killed when a balcony in an apartment collapsed during a party. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/AP Photo

He is an Irish guy, originally from Longford. A year on, he is still unnamed. He runs a small landscaping business up in Vallejo in the northern part (...)

Caroline McGuigan, founder and chief executive of  Suicide or Survive: ‘We remind people that recovery isn’t an end position. It’s about learning as you go along how to manage your mental health and understand that it’s messy at times.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

My story happens to be central to the story of Suicide or Survive (SOS), the charity I set up in 2003 to break down the stigma of mental health and s(...)