Peter Andre is among the vaguely recognisable figures who come together to binge on carbs and trans fats for three weeks

We know it isn’t good for us, that it contains no nutritional value, is highly addictive and will inevitably ruin your life. Still, the Junk Food Expe(...)

Ryan Tubridy:  on the dangers of social media to young people, he would have been better taking a more grown-up approach.  Photograph: RTÉ

Throughout his career, Ryan Tubridy has never really acted his age. Even as a young broadcaster, Tubridy seemed older than his years, or at least more(...)

Minister of State Damien English:  ‘I’m the type of person who puts on weight if I even look at the label on a packet of sweets.’ Photograph: Paul Jones.

The Fine Gael think-in last month was the first serious test for Damien English, Fine’s Gael’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal. First(...)

Delicious diet: ‘Dinner will be a full-blooded, creamy shepherd’s pie.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

I’m on a diet. I’ve just polished off a piece of a carrot cake and a (non-fat) latte. Lunch will be a poached egg and toast, and dinner will be a full(...)

Exceptionally powerful: Dr Javid Abdelmonein of Médecins Sans Frontières in Sierra Leone. Photograph: MSF

Towards the middle of his month-long shift at the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kailahun, in Sierra Leone, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim notes that the (...)

Winner: Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh

For a few minutes, park the labels “bogger bingo”, “old fashioned” and “part of what we are” and consider whether The Rose of Tralee (RTÉ One, Monday (...)