Brendan Kelly

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There are many reasons people do not attend hospital appointments, such as difficulty with travel, problems getting someone to accompany them and ambivalence about attending. Photograph: Istock

Faced with so many missing patients, consultants and doctors could be forgiven for being angry. However, the majority of medics believe blaming patien(...)

American  abolitionist Frederick Douglass, circa 1880. Photograph: MPI/Getty Images

On May 23rd, 2011, US president Barack Obama spoke about slavery and oppression to a crowd of up to 60,000 people in College Green in Dublin. “When we(...)

President Michael D Higgins presents Myles Joyce’s great-granddaughters Carolyn (left) and Alice Conaboy, with parchment copies of the formal Presidential pardon granted earlier this year to Myles Joyce. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Two great-grandchildren of Maolra Seoighe, who was pardoned by President Michael D Higgins earlier this year for crimes he did not commit, have called(...)

The Irish Episcopal Commission has warned students who opt out of religion will receive an unfair advantage if they are allowed to take extra classes in examinable subjects. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty

Catholics bishops have called on the Minister for Education to withdraw a directive which allows students who opt out of religious instruction in Stat(...)

Prof Brendan Kelly said there was ‘no evidence base’ that any medication would work in the case of gaming addiction. Photograph: iStockphoto

The decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to classify gaming addiction as a mental disorder is on balance the correct decision, a psychiatri(...)

The Instagarden from Argos who have thought long and hard about what is trending in gardening.  File photograph: Getty Images

Argos goes green What with Chelsea just finished and Bloom just beginning and the arrival, finally, of some decent weather we’ve all gone garden mad.(...)

“In the last five to 10 years, I would say anxiety has become the epidemic of this generation,” says Dr Colman Noctor, a child and adolescent psychotherapist with St Patrick’s mental health services.

It’s hard to say when or why it began, says Amy. Anxiety always seemed to hover in the background of her life, even during primary school. Her mother (...)

Pope Francis blesses a child at the end of his pastoral visit in Loppiano, central Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The current referendum debate had generated its fair share of accusations and counter accusations of fake news, Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Mart(...)

The ordination last month of Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory. Nine episcopal vacancies will by next year need to be filled. Photograph: John McElroy

Usually, talk in the Catholic Church about staff shortages centres on country parishes having to consider closing churches, cutting down on the number(...)

Protesters in Belfast following the unanimous not-guilty verdict. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The young woman was visibly shaking as she stood just a few feet in front of the three men accused of raping her. The judge had ordered her to stand (...)

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