Lucia Ryan with her three-year-old twins John and Matilda: She worries about the pressure facing parents and the “absolute heroes” who are the country’s childcare workers. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Even before the pandemic, childcare was one of the biggest challenges facing young families. “It cripples families financially,” says Lucia Ryan, a sc(...)

Chris Roche at her shop Stitches on Eyre Street, Galway. She believes a post-Christmas rise in Covid-19 is not inevitable. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Rosscahill native and businesswoman, Chris Roche, like many other parents, is desperately hoping that her son, now studying in Scotland, can make the (...)

Michelle Walsh, Coolbaun, Fethard, Co Tipperary holds a photograph of her late daughter, Hollie Gilson. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

A woman with a history of attempted suicide took a fatal drug overdose less than an hour after being psychiatrically assessed as fit for discharge fro(...)

Efrem Gidey won the senior boys 5,000m at the Leinster championships in Santry. Photo: Inpho

Efrem Gidey created his own special piece of schools athletics history when lapping the entire field to win the senior boys 5,000m at the Leinster cha(...)

Michelle Walsh has moved back to Dublin after time spent living in Morocco, Germany and France.

Moving home to Ireland has been like experiencing a series of ice-bucket challenges in quick succession, with no recovery time. There have been the o(...)

Michelle Walsh  leaving the Four Courts after her Circuit Civil Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A woman who tripped on a “lumpy humpy” carpet and lacerated her forehead against a radiator, has been awarded €30,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Cou(...)

A rare sprint championship gold medal for Ireland yet convincing once it came, Gina Akpe-Moses winning the 100 metres at the European Athletics Under-(...)