BBC journalist Fergal Keane spoke of the devastating impact his father’s alcoholism had on him as a child, and into adulthood. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Parents who regularly drink three or more drinks a day could be “unwittingly” abusing their children, a HSE addiction specialist has warned. Marion (...)

Focus Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Homeless children expressing suicidal and self-harming thoughts, and hundreds more experiencing “deep trauma”, have no child-support services, a senio(...)

In the cases of at least of the deaths examined for the study, “the stigma and shame of drug use was a contributing factor in death by suicide”. File photograph: Getty Images

The treatment by some gardaí and the courts of drug users exacerbates their mental health problems, further stigmatising and marginalising them, a lan(...)