“Up to 1969, St Vincent’s, Stephen’s Green [the original site of the hospital] received a total of £2.1 million and St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, received £3.1 million” from the sweepstake funds.

It is a pity the former master of Holles Street, Dr Peter Boylan, abstained rather than voted against the deal to relocate the national maternity hosp(...)

Lena, the western lowland gorilla at Dublin Zoo, breastfed her baby immediately and will continue to do so for up to five years. She “did not need a lactation consultant to urge her to do what is best”. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

The sight of Lena, the western lowland gorilla, cuddling her new-born baby in Dublin Zoo was heart-warming. In media photos she looked pleased with he(...)

“As late as 1989 there were more than 11,000 women in 128 religious congregations in Ireland. That suggests there is an enormous history awaiting research and analysis.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The recent comments of two nuns who belonged to a congregation involved in running Magdalene laundries, broadcast on RTÉ on condition that the (...)