Public health staff were three weeks ago given the power to detain a person suspected of suffering from coronavirus so they can be put into isolation. Photograph: Getty Images

People who ignore advice about the spread of Covid-19 and who do not act in the best interests of public health can face criminal prosecution resultin(...)

Italian carabinieri officers stand guard outside a town closed by the government due to coronavirus. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Italy has responded to the arrival of multiple cases of coronavirus by putting towns under lockdown, closing schools and sending restaurant customers (...)

An international study found  the number of involuntary admissions to psychiatric care in Ireland had risen from 46.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013 to 52.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016.

A new international study has criticised Ireland for its lack of reform in the mental health sector despite Vision for Change, which it described as “(...)

Emma Glass: the author’s care when it comes to language is evident throughout

“The blood cells in my cheeks have risen to the surface and made shapes that spell the words SOMeONe help.” The dark poetic world of Emma Glass’s debu(...)

This is part of series on the subject of burnout which continues next week in The Irish Times and on We would like to hear from reader(...)

‘While former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan may have been qualified to lead a major police service, An Garda Síochána was not that police service.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The early retirement of the Garda commissioner is a consequence of an ingrained government failure to tackle the endemic weaknesses in Garda governanc(...)

The behaviour of members of An Garda Síochána is in focus at the moment. Trust in policing has been damaged by a number of controversies. Children in the inner city were ahead of the curve on this distrust. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Every day in parts of Dublin, teenagers are searched and talked to by gardaí as though they are adult criminals. I see this occasionally as I walk thr(...)

“Change out of your wet training clothes as soon as you can, shower, change into dry clothes and warm up.”

According to Tim Noakes, emeritus professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town, mild exercise enhances immunity in at least(...)

What practical steps can runners and other exercisers take to safeguard their immune systems?

According to Tim Noakes, Emeritus Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, mild exercise enhances immuni(...)

The Policing Authority does not displace the government or Department of Justice in Garda governance to any significant degree. It is a pale shadow of the old police authorities in England and Wales and the current Policing Board in Northern Ireland

There is a dark side to the Garda Síochána. For the most part it is obscured by the excellent service given by many gardaí daily up and down the count(...)

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