Sylvia Thompson

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Oxford University’s vice-chancellor Louise Richardson pointed out that interment did not work in the 1970s in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Counterterrorism legislation to prevent extremist speeches on university campuses will not stop its spread, a conference in Co Carlow has heard. “Ext(...)

Ken Caulfield and Miriam McNamee: “The great thing about Cuisle is when you’re there, it feels like your disability goes away.”

Bob Potter Coogan describes the supported holiday centre of Woodhaven, Co Sligo,  as a “godsend”: “I’ve had multiple sclerosis for half my life a(...)

Ciaran Reddin (12) and Nicole Connolly (13)  at  St Colmcilles in Ballybrack meeting Shetland ponies from Festina Lente in Bray. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

 Most of us are familiar with guide dogs for people who are blind. Companion dogs for children with autism and other learning disabilities are al(...)

Only two in five people eligible complete the BowelScreen programme, much lower than the checks for breast or cervical cancer.

Detecting and treating cancer early is the aim of Ireland’s three free cancer screening programmes. And while there is good uptake for breast cancer a(...)

The living willow hedge at Crann Og eco farm in Galway.

Consider this: when we are at work, our minds are turned on but our bodies are usually sedentary; when we go to the gym, we aim to switch off our mind(...)

“For some reason, 21st-century women who are happy to stand up for their rights in the boardroom are still taking childbirth lying down.”

Twenty-one years ago this month, my birth plan went horribly wrong. Expecting my first child, I had read voraciously about labour and childbirth and d(...)

From left: Service users Siddhart Kureel, Aaron Leonard, Kevin O Sullivan and Kevin Nolan with the scarecrow they made for the allotments. Photograph: Cyril Byrn

Finding suitable services for their sons and daughters after leaving school is probably the biggest worry for parents of 18-year-olds with autism.&nbs(...)

Iron-rich meal: scrambled egg with mushrooms and  grilled tomato.

Almost half of adult women and three-quarters of teenage girls aren’t getting enough iron from their food, according to the most recent dietary guidel(...)

 Heather Maseko: “Whole districts were covered in water and livestock, food and houses washed away.” Photograph: Eric Luke

It is often said that climate change is hitting the world’s poorest countries hardest and that those who have contributed the least to its causes are(...)

Poor air quality contributes to  1,200 premature deaths in Ireland every year – mainly attributed to particulate matter from traffic fumes.   Photograph: Guang Niu/Getty Images

When you consider that our most basic needs are clean air, safe drinking water and healthy food, it is not surprising that Ireland’s Environment 2016(...)

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