Tina Ward, Tanya Maher and Maura Cudden, enjoy the celebrations at Wolfe Tone Close, Wolfe Tone Street, Dublin 1. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

July 4th is a celebration of independence for millions of people in the US. This year, the residents of the Wolfe Tone Close complex in Dublin 1 also (...)

Patrick and Margaret McGillacuddy at their home in  Glencar, Co. Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

It was on Christmas Day 1969, at a dance in the Eimer Ballroom in Glenbeigh Co Kerry, that Margaret Murphy’s eye was caught by a tall, handsome young (...)

Mr Coveney predicted it will be those who are currently undecided who will decide the referendum but he had concerns they may be afraid to vote for change because of the arguments made the No campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A prominent member of Fine Gael in Cork has taken issue with Tánaiste Simon Coveney saying that some people campaigning for a No vote in the referendu(...)

Margaret Murphy’s son Kevin died at the Mercy Hospital in Cork in 1999. Photograph: Provision

Transparency and accountability are too often sacrificed on the altar of “corporate damage limitation” when mistakes are made by medical practitioners(...)

First lady of the United States, Michelle Obama speaks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 25th July 2016. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

US first lady Michelle Obama stole the show on the first night of the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia, imploring voters in a deeply per(...)

It was alleged Denis Murphy died as a result of his motorbike being involved in a collision with a stray cow on the roadway on the N21 road at Ballymurragh East, Newcastle, Co Limerick, in October 2005. File photograph: Getty Images

A widow whose husband died after his motorbike hit a stray cow on a road in Co Limerick has secured €350,000 under a settlement of her High Court acti(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn speaking at the publication of the Patient Safety Investigation Report into services at Portlaoise. Behind him are Prof James Walker and Mary Dunnion. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The problems with Portlaoise hospital are not confined to its maternity unit, and the problems with maternity services are not confined to the midlan(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly: has approved the  team of six experts to carry out the investigation. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Three British experts and a retired consultant from Northern Ireland are among the six-person group appointed to investigate t(...)