There are people who, at great risk and personal cost to themselves, enable us to go on believing in humanity. We can and should support them. Photograph: Getty Images

Kamand Kojouri is an Iranian woman living in Wales. She teaches at Swansea University and is a published author. Her latest book, a selection of her p(...)

Tara Rafferty and her two sons Shea (8) and Eoin (11) at Nea Pafos on the day it reopened

Our family was at the airport for a flight to Cyprus when the first case of coronavirus hit Ireland. Was it irresponsible to fly? Possibly, but if you(...)

Clerical abuse survivor Marie Kane  says when she was ill ‘I found comfort in my little ritual of lighting a candle and praying to a God I thought had no time for me as a young girl.’: Photograph:Thomas Nolan

It’s over two months since churches, mosques, and synagogues in Ireland were closed for public worship. For Christians, Easter 2020 took place behind (...)

Illustration: Andrew Rybalko/iStock/Getty

From established talent to rising stars, and whether you prefer fact or fiction, all of these books deserve a place on your reading list in the mon(...)

Ireland will face ‘even more severe’ staffing pressures, the INMO has warned

Ireland will face “even more severe” staffing pressures in the health service if the number of nursing and midwifery undergraduate places are not incr(...)

 Florence Nightingale: born on May 12th, 1820.  Photograph: Getty Images

Of the 110,000 British soldiers who took part in the Crimean War between October 1853 and February 1856, about 2,700 were killed in battle, 2,000 othe(...)

Caring for the community: Louise Donohoe, Aoife Byrne and Aishling Byrne

2020 IS THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE NURSE AND MIDWIFE, AND THE PRESSURES ON THE PROFESSION HAVE NEVER BEEN GREATER When the World Health Organ(...)

 Florence Nightingale on her rounds. She was a pioneer in the use and display of statistics. Illustration: William Simpson/Bridgeman Art Library

‘Ramping up” is the great cliché of the coronavirus pandemic. It has been applied to everything from the acceleration of virus testing, via increased (...)

 Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson used his new year column in the “Daily Telegraph” to lambast the Japanese for refusing to ban whale harpooning. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

I’m longing for a glimpse of Boris Johnson to see if he managed to keep the weight off over the holidays. Just before Christmas he wrote a diary piece(...)

“If you look at the Irish population, there is a great tradition of dog owning and it is a great loss . . . people do miss that greatly.” Photograph:  Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

The first reported use of therapy animals dates back to the 1800s when Florence Nightingale observed that small animals helped ease distress among pat(...)

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