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‘Hysteria can turn moral decency into hatred, and hatred can make monsters of us all.’ File photograph: David Sleator

“The first thing that strikes anyone driving around the Tallaght area or the people who live in Tallaght is the barricades, the barrels and the watche(...)

Rosie, in the bathroom that she built with her late husband. “I mixed the bricks and mortar with my husband and handed it up to him on the ladder,” she says. The 88 year-old woman, who fled a Dublin nursing home in 2016, has returned happily to the home she bought with her late husband in 1954

The first time Rosie tried to “escape” from the nursing home, she packed her suitcase and sat by the door for nine hours, refusing food, water and med(...)

The Court of Appeal ruled that a hospital acted illegally by preventing the discharge of an elderly woman with dementia. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

A Court of Appeal ruling that a hospital acted illegally by preventing the discharge of an elderly woman with dementia is likely to have long-term con(...)

Sage group were aware of cases where elderly people were ‘effectively deprived’ of their liberty because of the lack of home care supports.  Photograph: Getty Images

There is a desperate need to additional legislation for the rights of people in situations where their liberty is at issue, an advocacy group for the (...)

Patricia Rickard-Clark: the  National Safeguarding Committee chair called for  legislation that would provide for independent advocacy on behalf of vulnerable adults. Photograph: Eric Luke

A public awareness campaign on abuse of vulnerable adults is to begin following a survey which found that half of the State’s vulnerable Irish adults (...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,  on September 9th. Juncker called on EU countries to agree by next week to share 160,000 refugees, warning that Greece, Italy and Hungary can no longer cope alone. Photograph: AP Photo/Christian Lutz

In discussions on the migrant crisis, much has been made of the invoking of history. In a speech this week, European Commission president Jean-Claude (...)

Stuart Rosenblatt, president of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, and Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh with the genealogical lists at Dublin City Council’s Library and Archive on Pearse Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

  Volumes containing the names of 53,000 Jewish people who have lived in Ireland have been opened to the public. The records of births(...)

Earlier this week, the Government announced its intention to hold a referendum in May, with the intention of reducing the waiting time for divorce to two years Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

It’s 20 years since Ireland voted for divorce. An Irish Times series, Divorced Ireland, explores the effects of that vote on Irish life, then and s(...)

Fine Gael director of elections  Richard Bruton (left),  Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter take part in a photocall calling for a Yes vote in the referendums. Photograph: PA

2011: Fine Gael election manifesto promises to call a referendum to abolish the Seanad.April 11th, 2013: Former tánaiste and attorney general Michael (...)

Des Hanafin: accused the Government of running a “cynical and bullying” campaign, which had “been marked by misinformation and a refusal to debate”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Six former government ministers have called for a Yes vote in the Seanad referendum campaign.In a cross-party alliance Des O’Malley (FF and PDs), Alan(...)

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