'Trying to get through this life is not normal. There must be something else'
Niamh had just learned how to cycle before she was diagnosed with leukaemia. She was already living with Down syndrome before the diagnosis...
Niamh had just learned how to cycle before she was diagnosed with leukaemia. She was already living with Down syndrome before the diagnosis...
Protesters yesterday called on the Government to ratify a UN convention it signed 10 years ago but has not acted on to guarantee equal human rights for people with disabilities.
Actress and food writer Biddy White Lennon has been described "an amazing inspiration" after her death at the weekend.
Difficulty in proving consent was not present when a sexual offence occurs, hinders prosecutions being brought against the alleged perpetrators of such crimes, according to the Director of Public...
A shortage of apartments - rather than the traditional family home - is the real reason for the country's ongoing accommodation crisis.
Hollywood star Gabriel Byrne has credited Biddy White Lennon with nurturing his talents and helping him learn how to perform on camera.
Neighbours were accused of betrayal, fingers were pointed and blame passed on after Ireland lost out in its bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
A return to full employment, officially marking the last stage of recovery after the economic crisis, will see up to 60pc of employers offer pay increases next year, which is predicted to lead to a significant increase in consumer spending.
The Government has been warned that new laws to monitor criminal messaging risk making the country less attractive to technology firms and social media organisations.
Sacked journalist Kevin Myers launched an astonishing attack on the Sunday Times and those who supported his dismissal during a speech in Portlaoise.
As Tomi Reichental sat and chatted with friends at the Irish Film Institute cafe last week, there was nothing to suggest he had been on an epic journey. There was nothing to suggest he had survived the holocaust, when 35 members of his family were killed, and there was nothing pointing to the fact his life is serialised on film.
The family of a young Irish woman missing in France flew out to Lyons yesterday as they appealed for more information over her whereabouts.
It was a night of firsts at the Aviva last night as Ireland ran riot over a ragged South Africa. They scored 21 points in the last 10 minutes to secure a record breaking 38-3 victory against the Springboks.
Farmers fear they are the first Irish victims of climate change as a fodder crisis looms on the horizon because of incessant rain since July and a shortage of consecutive dry days.
Gardai in the Midlands are searching for four culprits after a farmer in his 50s was subject to an aggravated burglary at his home.
The team behind Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid said it was amazed and surprised Ireland was considered to be as safe as rivals South Africa and France by scrutineers assessing security in each nation bidding to host the competition.
Ireland's carbon emissions from transport including private cars will leap by at least 10pc between 2015 and 2020, a leading academic has warned.
There are fears criminal gangs may once again be targeting homes along the country's motorway corridors after a man living on his own was targeted by burglars for the second time in six weeks yesterday.
Resplendent six weeks ago in matching green ties and smart tailored suits, the team presenting Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup appeared to have its ducks in a row when they arrived in London. Bob Geldof, Bono and Liam Neeson were cast in a variety of roles to add pizzazz to the formalities. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Brian O'Driscoll and Co showed video images of great Irish successes. They quoted Yeats but, it seems, their efforts were in vain.
Katie Taylor is a world champion again, this time in the professional ranks, after she beat Argentina's Anahi Esther Sanchez in Cardiff last night.
The Irish Prison Service has refused to identify the eight prisoners who remain at large after escaping from custody at open prisons during the past five years.
The Irish Cancer Society has warned the health system will grind to a halt because steps are being taken to shorten waiting lists instead of preventing them from happening.
That spare key most of us have hidden under a flower pot, buried in a hanging basket or tucked behind a stone provides a comforting reassurance that you will never be left locked out. The hardest part of having a spare key is choosing where to leave it. What's less difficult is knowing not to keep it on your keyring with the original.
A major public debate on freedom of speech and the pressing need to reform Ireland's draconian defamation laws will take place in Trinity College Dublin next month.
Striking train workers will give soccer fans and Irish Rail a €1m slap in the face by forcing the closure of key routes ahead of Ireland's World Cup play-off with Denmark next month.
Ireland will need more plastic surgeons and cosmetics specialists to cope with a booming demand for Botox injections and lip-filling procedures, new research has found.
The role played by figures such as Lenin, Marx and Roosevelt in shaping our past against major political, economic and social structures will be discussed in Dublin this week as part of a major lecture series.
The matriarch of one of the country's best-known political families has left legacies of more than €1.6m.
Smokers and sunbed users are among those hardest hit in Budget 2018 as the Government introduces hikes to combat cancer rates.
The Government's drug treatment assessment process was criticised after a drug available in nine other EU countries to treat a rare genetic disorder was deemed too expensive for use here.
The clanging of metal is a familiar sound on Barcelona's narrow and towering city centre streets.
The prominent former hurler who wrote a letter of reference supporting child sex abuser Tom Humphries declined an opportunity to speak with journalists yesterday on his way to attend a Gaelic games function.
Students at one of the country's most prestigious universities are being accompanied by paramedics on nights out as part of an effort to curb the dangers of drug use and excessive drinking.
House prices are increasing at an average rate of €50 each day against a backdrop of too few homes coming to the market, according to a new report.
GPs are demanding fees of up to €60,000 a year for attending elderly residents in private nursing homes who are entitled to free doctor services.
Gas customers in Galway and Mayo had their supplies restored yesterday afternoon after a safety incident.
With his passing last week Jimmy Magee left behind thousands of memories, but it remains unlikely that we will ever hear his most unique broadcast.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is now looking at leading an Irish trade delegation to China next year.
On a recent weekday morning, a group of people gathered for a tour of The Marlay, a gleaming state-of-the-art nursing home just off the M50, close to Rathfarnham in south Dublin. The rooms were bright and airy. The place was buzzing with activity. A couple of residents read the in-house newspapers in the lobby. A group of ladies watched Sammy Davis Jr on TV in the sitting room. In another room, an activities coordinator read the newspaper aloud to her audience. Outside, the sun shone on a flower-filled courtyard.
The confusion surrounding nursing homes and additional charges is underlined in the case of Corrandulla Nursing Home in Galway.
Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh has hit out at Northern Ireland's stance on gay rights issues and called for further equality across the island of Ireland.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said the decision to remove Charlie Flanagan as Foreign Affairs Minister remains "unexplained and unjustified" in a speech in which he also accused the Government of being unimaginative and complacent in its response to Brexit challenges.
Broadcaster George Hook has apologised for comments he made about rape on his radio show last Friday.
I pine for a jaunt along the N17, but unlike the emigrant in the Saw Doctors' classic my road is thousands of miles from the one through the west of Ireland.
Teachers and parents are demanding sweeping reviews of schools built in the last 10 years after the safety of thousands of pupils was questioned after a Department of Education audit.
A Government minister has warned that Ireland needs a dedicated agency to handle emergency situations, in the wake of last week's major floods in Donegal.
As RTE executives unveiled their shiny new shows last week, one figure stood out because of his penchant for the abyss and giant whales, instead of studio audiences and make-up brushes.
Airports are pressuring the government for dispensation to sell low-cost alcohol by linking retail sales to fees airlines pay to land in Ireland.
Terror experts have warned the Irish-UK border makes us vulnerable to Barcelona-style attacks and that bollards should be placed in pedestrian zones to protect against Isil supporters.
Barcelona is inextricably linked to the phrase "mes que un club", its local football team's motto declaring it to be "more than a club", because of the role it plays in local life.
It's not easy being the Rose of Tralee but a group of 64 of the country's most eligible young bachelors might tell you its even more difficult being an escort at the busy festival.
The family of murder victim Jason Corbett have been outraged at allegations made by convicted murderer Molly Martens Corbett that her husband subjected her to sustained verbal and physical abuse throughout their marriage.
The family of Molly Martens Corbett have claimed there was an innocent explanation for the paving slab on the night stand that was used to kill Jason Corbett.
A search for a diver missing of the coast of Co Donegal has been stood down for the night due to fading light.
Today is set to be among the busiest days in Dublin Airport's history as record numbers of travellers take to the skies over the course of a bumper bank holiday weekend.
RTE's former political correspondent David Davin-Power has strongly criticised a lack of racial diversity at the national broadcaster.
A misunderstanding about Dublin City's Sinn Fein Lord Mayor attending a commemorative event in Howth yesterday sparked a conflict between two local authorities when the event was advertised using posters of him in his official chains.
The country's creaking water system is leaking thousands of litres every day in regions currently facing usage restrictions as reservoirs run perilously low.
Charlene McKenna, the Ripper Street star, is dancing through the pain as she plays "spoiled little rich kid" Daisy Buchanan in F Scott Fitzgerald's jazz age classic The Great Gatsby at The Gate.
A flurry of foreign investors spending big on small properties is fuelling rapid bidding wars and price growth in Dublin's plush, leafy suburbs.
Communications Minister Denis Naughten wants RTE to annually publish the salaries of all its top broadcasters who earn more than €100,000-a-year.
Monday: The young woman who alleged she was sexually abused by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe admitted she had a personal grievance against him.
Thomas 'French Tom' Barton was a true adventurer. A proud Irishman, he explored the Mediterranean before setting up a shipping company in Bordeaux in 1725 to export wines to Ireland and the Netherlands. He quickly became the most important wine merchant in the region, having built an unrivalled reputation all over Europe.
Powerful drinks companies and organisations are lobbying and pressuring our elected representatives and policymakers at an alarming rate, new figures show.
It was the moment that an Irishman became the toast of Wimbledon - even if he had to don a skirt to do it.
Experts believe the altitude at which Rescue Helicopter 116 was flying and the reason its particular route was selected will be the primary focus of the ongoing crash investigation, despite concerns about warning and mapping systems supplied to Coast Guard crews.
The Irish Heart Foundation has paid tribute to a young Cork woman who died while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in a bid to raise funds for the charity.
Almost 20 years after he stunned the nation by leaving RTE, DJ Ian Dempsey said it is scary to see the same people still doing the same job at the national broadcaster.
The Mercedes and Audi no longer sit in the drive of the house in Clane owned by the one-time charity boss Paul Kelly.
The search continues for Ireland's newest millionaire after a lucky EuroMillions player scooped a €29m jackpot last Friday night.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan was on hand to open a special collection of world-famous scrolls in Dublin yesterday, but only after she cast her eye on them first.
The Charities Regulator has urged the liquidator of scandal-hit Console to take "all action required" to pursue the suicide bereavement organisation's outstanding assets, a year after its spectacular collapse.
Former tanaiste Joan Burton is understood to have serious concerns about the impact of the "horrific social media assault" by far-left political figures during the Jobstown trial, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Sinn Fein has been criticised by the Government after it voted against proposals to establish an EU counter-terrorism committee.
When Don Theiler came to visit Ireland in May with his wife Janet Price he never considered returning home without her.
Pippa Middleton - the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge - was in Co Cork yesterday to see her friend tie the knot.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is facing a major headache as a serious confrontation threatens to break out between his Government and the judiciary.
A national school teacher who died on his way to work last week was honoured at his funeral yesterday as a family man who touched many lives.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has been warned that further interference in the property market and prematurely ending the help-to-buy scheme will inflate property prices and demand for housing.
Paris, January 7, 2015: A massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo saw 12 people killed by two masked Al-Qaeda gunmen. A shootout with police followed. Related attacks and shootings around Paris in the aftermath saw another five killed and a total of 22 with serious injuries.
When both of Dylan Carroll's parents lost their jobs within 15 minutes of each other during the recession, the young Limerick man could have been forgiven for reining in his future ambitions.
Fake news and light touch regulation of social media platforms are threats to democracy and press freedom in Ireland, the chair of the Press Council Sean Donlon has warned.
After bravely speaking about the domestic abuse she faced at the hands of her ex-husband, Norah Casey has been praised for shedding a light on an issue many women face every day.
Nama is not the appropriate body to end Ireland's housing crisis, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan.
Trinity College senator Lynn Ruane said she would never join a political party, despite telling the Seanad last week that she considered joining Fine Gael to block Leo Varadkar's attempt to become Taoiseach.
Canada’s ambassador to Ireland has told how his Irish heritage and religious upbringing helped him cope after shooting a man 15 times to end a terror attack.
Greyhound breeders are exporting Irish dogs to Pakistan, China and Argentina via the UK and other EU states to stop them being tracked by Government officials.
Church of Ireland and Catholic Archbishops worked in unison for an unprecedented beatification ceremony in Dublin yesterday.
People are suffering and dying needlessly because they are misinformed about a disease that is among the top five causes of premature death, research has found.
Gorse fires that wreaked havoc in the west of Ireland last week were so vast they could be seen from space.
Before dawn breaks next Saturday, more than 150,000 people will rub the sleep from their eyes, roll out of bed, pull on runners and comfy walking shoes and head out into the night.
Mountaineers have warned farmers will ruin tourism in Ireland's popular mountain regions with illegal, uncontrolled gorse fires.
The father of tragic teenager Phoebe Prince has said a popular drama series risks glorifying suicide in the minds of vulnerable young people.
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin has castigated the Government and said Finance Minister Michael Noonan has resorted to Tory tactics since the last election.
Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the day Gary Cahillane buried his murdered father, James. It was also Gary's birthday.
Tens of thousands of people across Ireland will attend Cruinniu na Casca tomorrow, Ireland's first national Easter festival.
The relationship between the ISPCA and vets in border counties, a region dubbed the puppy farm capital of Europe, is at breaking point after a row about dog breeding practices.
A notorious industrial school in Limerick was paid to send boys under the age of 16 to work for traders, merchants and big farmers, according to hundreds of documents that have remained hidden for decades.
Organisers of tomorrow's Irish Grand National have set aside nearly 5,000 litres of water to cool down racehorses on what is expected to be a sun-kissed Fairyhouse.
Ireland has become a fraudster's paradise for the sale of clocked and written off cars from the UK, Volkswagen and other major car dealers have warned the Government.
Fishermen in counties Mayo and Donegal are being asked to remain vigilant after the search for the missing Rescue 116 crew members was scaled back last week.
More than 200 patients with serious spinal and brain injuries will face a longer wait for treatment after the closure of beds at the National Rehabilitation Hospital.
The brother and sister of Rescue 116 winch operator Ciaran Smith were among a group of 400 people who took part in a search for the missing helicopter crew members yesterday.
A lack of housing stock and government interference are driving property prices back to the heady days of the Celtic Tiger, new figures released today show.
Striking bus and rail workers have been criticised for using the sick and elderly as pawns during wildcat strike action.
Preliminary findings show there were no mechanical issues with the Rescue 116 helicopter before it crashed off the coast of Mayo almost three weeks ago, according to investigators.
The 21 Bus Eireann coach out of Athlone isn't one of those roadliners you see on the TV ads populated by attractive students with a Red Setter galloping across pristine meadows emblazoned on the side.
An action group working to save one of Ireland's best performing boarding schools has been inundated with expressions of interest after a recruitment and funding drive.
First-time house buyers risk being lured into escalating levels of debt, as the Government's new help-to-buy scheme stokes demand to potentially dangerous levels, one of the country's leading think-tanks has warned.
The night before she resumed her worldwide adventure, Danielle McLaughlin looked out over Lough Swilly and counted herself lucky.
As a garda emerged from Annemarie O'Brien's apartment in Clondalkin last Wednesday morning, those waiting outside got their first glimpse of the devastation inside.
The devastating fire which claimed the lives of a pregnant woman and three young children was caused by a candle, it has emerged
Gardaí suspect a faulty television or electrical appliance may have been to blame for the horrific fire at the Clondalkin apartment block.