Kathleen Lynch

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Senior counsel Conor Dignam was appointed by the Government in June 2015 to examine the treatment of “Grace”, who spent 20 years in a foster home in the southeast. Photograph: Collins Courts

The whistleblower at the centre of abuse allegations at a foster home in the southeast has criticised the delay in establishing a statutory inquiry in(...)

After last week’s budget, Minister for Health Simon Harris told a briefing that €35 million in new services would be ‘initiated’ in 2017, in accordance with a commitment by the Government. ‘As in previous years, projects initiated in 2017 will not be completed in that calendar year.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

The Government has been accused of another u-turn on mental funding after it emerged that not all the €35 million in additional funding pledged in th(...)

The file on mental health spending reveals huge tensions between Mr Varadkar and Ms Lynch over the issue, both before and after last year’s budget. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar overstated the previous Government’s spending on mental health in a statement issued on budget day last year, according to one of his own(...)

Commemorations have taken place to remember the Irish who liberated the French village of Guillemont during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Photograph: Irish embassy in Paris

Commemorations have taken place to remember the Irish who liberated the French village of Guillemont during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. V(...)

The coffin of former tanaiste Peter Barry is carried from St Michael’s Church, Blackrock, Cork. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former tánaiste Peter Barry’s greatest love was his wife Margaret who supported him throughout his career frequently rescuing him in awkward situation(...)

Finian McGrath: “I want to ensure that every adult with intellectual disability and physical disability will have rights to services in the state and the right to equality of treatment.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The State will ratify the long- delayed United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the end of the year, Independent Alli(...)

A house called Sanctuary Cove enjoys what is arguably one of the best locations on Clontarf Road. Facing directly on to Dublin Bay, it has an unimp(...)

Rialto women came together for Natural History of Hope at Project in Dublin. Photograph: Ray Hegarty

At the inaugural meeting of Waking the Feminists at the Abbey Theatre in November last year, community activist Kathleen O’Neill spoke from the stall(...)

A study in the US found no difference in memory performance between those aged 17-24 and those aged 65-75. Photograph: iStockphoto

Every so often I feel obliged to write about ageism. The scramble for scarce health resources has led to ageist attitudes becoming more prevalent than(...)

Minister for Health  Simon Harris said  it was important that money assigned to a certain area was spent on those services. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The mental health budget could be given additional funds as part of the revised estimates for the Department of Health. Minister for Health Simon H(...)

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