Research carried   found that 48 per cent of 22-year-olds surveyed placed themselves in the ‘low mood’ range last December.  Photograph: iStock

Almost half of people in their early 20s are suffering negative mental health effects during the pandemic, with the problem particularly stark among y(...)

 ‘Brian’ the recovered Herring Gull was released on Friday by the members of Bray Fire Brigade who rescued him- Stuart Grant, Pat Kearns, Ross Lally, Brian Murray, Aisling Murray (who rehabilitated the Gull) Geoff Costello and Mihai Condrea. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

On Friday, at a beach in Bray, Co Wicklow, a single herring gull took off and flew out in the direction of the sea. It might seem like an innocuous en(...)

Hannah Matthews saw her Loreto Beaufort side win the Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Loreto Beaufort 1 (E Kealy) Newpark Comprehensive 0 Emily Kealy wrote her name in Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Cup folklore as she whipped home a pena(...)

An exhibit at Plastic: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It, at Dublin’s Science Gallery. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Plastic: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It is a new exhibition at Dublin’s Science Gallery. It draws our attention to our complex relationship(...)

 About 11 per cent of Irish three-year-olds watch more than three hours of television a day. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Young children who watch more than three hours of television a day are at significantly greater risk of having emotional and behavioural issues, accor(...)

The Growing Up study highlighted the link between a baby’s development and the sensitivity shown by  its parents when interacting with the baby. It said parental stress was associated with depression,  with having a baby with a difficult temperament and not having adequate support.

Premature babies or babies with a low birth weight may be at risk of poorer developmental, according to the latest Growing Up in Ireland report publis(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs  Frances Fitzgerald. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The importance of early intervention to help parents raise their children was highlighted by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald at the launch of(...)

Report shows that “even from a very young age, the sensitivity that parents show when interacting with their babies is important for their development.” Photograph: Jose Luis Pelaez/Blend/Getty

Greater supports for parents with depression or stress and more help for women at risk of giving birth to premature or low birth-weight babies are rec(...)

The study found that 9 per cent of children living with parents who never worked were classed as obese.

  Some 19 per cent of three-year-old children were classed as overweight and 6 per cent were obese in a study of 10,000 children conduc(...)