Carl O Brien

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Money set aside this year for the recruitment of hundreds of staff for mental health services is at risk as a result of overspending in the rest of th(...)

 Rory Doody has had mental health issues. He is now married with a family and works as a recovery development advocate with the Bantry-based Home Focus team, helping people with mental health problems.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.  See aftertheasylum.com for more photos and video

It feels sometimes as if he wasn’t there at all. It’s as if he was a spectator watching scenes in a movie of his life, played by an actor. Here’s one:(...)

Staff on the wellness bus provide advice on services available across the community that promote physical, mental and social wellbeing. Photograph: Cumasú

Is it a bus? It is truck? Nope, it’s a mobile mental health service. A bright blue bus rolls through the towns and villages of west Cork as part of an(...)

Mags wakes up and waits for her heart to slow down. She feels like a woman pulled from a burning building: still not quite able to believe she’s sa(...)

The report from the Government’s special rapporteur on child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, says there are few criminal prosecutions of reported harassment involving social networking, email or text messages.

A Government report is to recommend that cyberbullying be made a criminal offence following a number of teenage suicides apparently linked to the prob(...)

On top of the property tax, bin charges and other levies, householders will face the added burden of water charges within 18 months. There are still n(...)

Householders who fail to pay new water charges face having their water pressure reduced, under new measures approved by the Government. The cos(...)

The three-parent technique  uses a small amount of DNA from a female donor to prevent mothers passing on genetic disorders such as muscular dystrophy and heart conditions

At least one Irish clinic says it will have the capacity to offer a controversial new procedure that allows doctors create IVF babies using genetic ma(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn rowed back on a decision to cut extra resource teaching hours by about half an hour for 42,000 children following a public backlash.

Many children with special needs will end up with a reduction in education support despite the Government’s decision to reverse planned cuts, new figu(...)

It started out as a rebel priest in a three-bed flat in Ballymun providing help for young homeless.Thirty years on, so much and so little has changed.(...)

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