It is hoped mandatory post-mortem examinations will prevent  maternal deaths like Savita Halappanavar

Legislation mandating inquests into all maternity deaths has been delayed, more than one year after it was promised in the Dáil. The Department of J(...)

Stephen O’Donoghue, Derry Healy, Rosie Healy and Kevin O’Riordan getting into the swing of things for this year’s 35th Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on Saturday, July 7th. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

1) National Bike Week will be held from Saturday, June 9th to Sunday, June 17th. Highlights include family cycling festivals in Cabinteely Park on Sat(...)

Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt launched the 2017 National Saddle Up For Epilepsy cycle, which took place earlier this year – along with Rick O’Shea (second left) and Brenda Quigg (third  left).

Brenda Quigg was diagnosed with epilepsy in November 2012, following a seizure she suffered while sleeping. With her diagnosis, the former community n(...)

Many people have experienced hope and recovery through the Grow organisation.

As a self-confessed pessimist, I often shy away from hope. I don’t mean that I am sunk in despair – I have no right to be: I’ve had a charmed life, fr(...)

Bullet proof: New research doesn’t take into account the immediate impact of playing violent games such as Grand Theft Auto 6 (above).

‘Won’t somebody think of the children?' Kids need to be protected from the ills and malice that are part of adult life. As they develop, one assu(...)

Studies show that children of older mothers have better language skills and fewer behavioural, social and emotional problems. Photograph: iStock

The bulk of medical research on pregnancy and childbirth has emphasised the importance of an expectant mother’s physical health in terms of the likely(...)

Speaking before the Citizens’ Assembly Dr Joan McCarthy said respect for the reproductive autonomy of women means respect for the choices they make. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A woman has the right to decide whether or not to continue with a pregnancy because it is she who assumes the burden of pregnancy and childbirth, the (...)

Email drawbacks: “Confusion surrounds how emails should be structured, what salutations are appropriate, levels of formality and so on.” Photograph: iStock

The written word hasn’t been this popular since the Enlightenment. Texts, tweets and emails have become the preferred channels for so many connection(...)

Annette Costello was diagnosed with limb girdle muscular dystrophy in her mid-30s: ‘The disability sector and youth facilities are two areas that have been impacted by cuts and that the new Government really need to address.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many people living with muscular dystrophy in Ireland are under severe financial pressure and are often forced to pay for expensive medicines, wheelch(...)

‘Any merger is a chancy and costly business.’ Photograph: Getty Images

On July 27th, the Department of Education published a report from Michael Kelly, a well-respected public servant, on the proposed merger between Water(...)

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