Martina Bergin, Simon Community, left, and Jean Twohig, Safetynet, at the Mobile Health Clinic, at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Most people in Irish society have been affected in some way by the economic downturn of recent years, but few would deny that the most tragic consequ(...)

Top Yacht: George Sisk’s Farr 42 Wow from the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) has been named ICRA Boat of the Year by the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA). Photograph: David O’Brien

Two senior Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) sailors from Dublin Bay have been honoured this week at separate end-of-season awards to mark significant ra(...)

Doctors’ organisations argue the payments do not take into account practice expenses and overheads and therefore do not represent income for individual GPs.  Photograph: PA

The State’s 100 top-earning GP practices and co-operatives shared gross payments of almost €50 million from the HSE during 2014, according to the late(...)

John Twomey competing on home waters last summer at the Sovereign’s Cup: he will attempt to qualify for Rio 2016 later this month in Melbourne. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Veteran Irish Paralympian John Twomey is en route to Melbourne this month as he aims to make Rio 2016 his eleventh appearance at the Games. But(...)

While there have been some improvements in relation to access, thestudy’s lead author, Dr Fiona O’Reilly, said homelessness was ‘a very unhealthy state’. Photograph: Alan Betson

One in three homeless people in Ireland has attempted suicide, and this figure increases to one in two among those with a mental health condition.Thes(...)

Skipper Liam Coyne: has returned home to Dún Laoghaire after victory in the Round Britain and Ireland race with Brian Flahive.

No sooner had Dublin Bay double-handers Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive won the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) 1,800-mile Round Britain and Ireland in(...)

Sailors to represent Ireland at the ISAF Sailing World Championships to be hosted in Santander, Spain, in September are James Empsey (Laser Standard), Ryan Seaton (49er), Saskia Tidey (49erfx), John Twomey (Sonar Paralympic), Matt McGovern (49er), James O’Callaghan (ISA Performance Director), Andrea Brewster (49erfx), Finn Lynch (Laser Standard) and Ian Costello (Sonar Paralympic).

Annalise Murphy’s next tack for an Olympic medal begins on Saturday at Aquece Rio, the first test event of the 2016 Olympic regatta at Marina de Glori(...)

 There were also about 70 family doctors who received gross payments of less than €1,000 for the full year of 2012. One GP received only €20 under the scheme. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

One family doctor’s practice received nearly €800,000 in fees and allowances under the medical card and gener(...)

Dr Paul McKeown, president of the Irish Medical Organisation, which has drawn up a poster outlining services not covered by the medical card. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A poster sent to GP surgeries nationwide in recent days which outlines services that are not covered by the medical card has met with mixed rea(...)