Pádraig Mulligan with Frank Giblin and Colin McCusker in Mulligan’s Hardware and Bar, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The woman was a stranger to Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, that night about two years ago. It was quiet, and dark. The visitor was surprised. “Everybo(...)

A section of the  crowd at today’s protest march organised by community groups and supported by health service unions over the planned closure of all acute inpatient psychiatric beds at St Bridgid’s Hospital, Ballinasloe. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

A crowd estimated at 2,500 took to the streets of Ballinasloe, Co Galway today to protest at a decision by the HSE not to open 22 acute mental heal(...)