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At the launch of Towards Peace, Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary said it was “so disconcerting that a ministry which ought to have brought hope and healing instead brought harm and hurt and left in its wake brokenness, betrayal and disillusionment”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Towards Peace, a new spiritual support service for people whose faith has been damaged by clerical abuse and its handling by church authorities, was l(...)

Consultant psychiatrist Prof Brendan  said  the research represented ‘the tip of the iceberg’ in terms of mental illness and trauma among migrants.

A newly published Irish study has found a high level of undetected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among both migrant and native-born psychiatri(...)

Lethal injection chamber in Huntsville, Texas: the state of Texas performs more executions than any other US state.  photograph: david j sams collection/the image bank

On February 15th 1998, Michael Wayne Hall (18), a labourer from Dallas, abducted a 19-year-old woman and shot her several times with a .22-calibre pis(...)

Sgt Ken O’Sullivan told Cork Circuit Court how five men were among a group who attended a pre-planned sulky race between horses called Christy’s Filly and Russian Lady at 8am on May 5th, 2012 on the main Cork-Mallow Road over a 2km stretch.  Photograph: Youtube

Five men have been jailed for three months each after they failed in their appeal against custodial sentences for their involvement in a sulky race on(...)

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill was published in July 2013 and, if implemented, will reform the law relating to persons who require assis(...)

Joe Heffernan of Ennis, Co Clare, was sentenced to life for murdering a 21-year-old student after unsuccessfully claiming diminished responsibility. Photograph by Eamon Ward

If someone with mental illness commits a serious crime like murder how do you balance the needs of treatment and justice?The courts have grappled with(...)

Dominick Geraghty, Carnaross, Kells, Co Meath,with his dog Edward on his way down the mountain during his pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Benedict Donnelly wore short pants, a shirt and a tie when he first climbed the Reek as a small boy, and his best Sunday shoes were almost worn throug(...)

Daniel O’Connell, Banaher, Co. Offally takes a break on his way down the mountain during his pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Three pilgrims have been taken to hospital suffering from injuries and suspected heart attacks sustained on the annual pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick(...)

Lucinda Creighton has suggested that dialectical behaviour therapy, or DBT, could be used to treat women who are pregnant and feeling suicidal.Photograph: Laura Hutton

One of the treatments Fine Gael TD Lucinda Creighton suggested this week that could be used to treat women who are pregnant and feeling suicidal is “d(...)

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