'We banned Fortnite in our house. But now my son is lonely; all of his friends play it for hours on end'

Friday 3rd August 2018 - David Coleman

Clinical psychologist David Coleman offers parenting advice in his weekly column. My 10-year-old son is lonely and bored. His friends are staying indoors and playing Fortnite for hours on end. We have banned this game in our house as it led to protests, rows, stomping up stairs, and banging d... Read more →

Why two Irish sisters made the Forbes '30 Under 30' list and caught the eye of designer Orla Kiely

Friday 3rd August 2018 - Caroline Quinn - The Irish Independent

Isabel (Izzy) and Ailbhe Keane must be two of the brightest, funkiest and most entrepreneurial sisters in Ireland right now. Combining their talents has resulted in an eruption of creative energy, which is in the process of transforming the world of disability - with kaleidoscopic consequences. ... Read more →

Food authority issues warning on undercooked beef following 'serious food poisoning outbreak

Friday 3rd August 2018 - Geraldine Gittens - The Irish Independent

Some 3 per cent of raw minced beef is known to be contaminated with a harmful type of bacteria that can cause kidney failure, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned. This harmful bacteria is E. coli (called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli). Children under five years of age and ... Read more →

CervicalCheck scandal: Labs line up expert witnesses to challenge victim

Monday 30th July 2018 - Eilish O Regan - The Irish Independent

The laboratories at the centre of the CervicalCheck scandal are to field a team of scientific experts to argue that cancer victim Ruth Morrissey's incorrect smear test results were not the result of a mistake. The defence team will claim that the failure to detect any abnormalities in Ms Morr... Read more →

There was talk I might lose the leg because my tumour was so big' - Teen told she had cancer after feeling pain in her leg

Thursday 26th July 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

Having cancer at any age is a hugely traumatic event. But being diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease when you are just a teenager must make it even harder to bear. And that was indeed the case for Katie Byrne, who nonetheless came through her ordeal with her eyes set firmly on the futu... Read more →

Never heard of a heat pump? Here's why every home should have one

Thursday 26th July 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

There’s a reason why heat pumps are the heating technology of choice for millions of homes around the world. They’re simply the most energy efficient and cost effective way to heat a home. Perhaps it’s no surprise that more and more Irish householders are choosing to invest ... Read more →

Irish students scoop major award for super-efficient car that can drive from Galway to Dublin for less than 15c

Thursday 26th July 2018 - Eddie Cunningham - The Irish Independent

A team of engineering students from NUI Galway have scooped a major European award for a super-efficient vehicle. They took first place for technical innovation at Europe's prestigious Shell Eco-marathon Europe competition. The Galway energy-efficient car (Geec, left) is said to be Ireland's... Read more →

Theresa May to visit Irish border as Brexit concerns continue

Thursday 19th July 2018 - David Young - The Irish Independent

Britain's Prime Minister will later make her first visit to the border since the Brexit referendum. Theresa May has been criticised for not hearing first-hand the concerns of locals living and working near what is to become the UK’s only land border with the European Union. The bo... Read more →

Katy Perry had ‘situational depression’ after negative reaction to latest album

Wednesday 18th July 2018 - Keiran Southern

Katy Perry has revealed she suffered from depression following a mixed reaction to her latest album. Speaking to Vogue Australia, the 33-year-old singer told how she was disappointed with the negative reviews for 2017’s Witness and ended up visiting a “personal growth retreat&rdqu... Read more →

How 25-year-old former monk kept trapped Thai schoolboys alive

Tuesday 10th July 2018 - Shibani Mahtani - The Irish Independent

The head coach of the Thai soccer team spent the morning of June 23 preparing his young assistant for an important task: looking out for the boys by himself. Nopparat Khanthavong, the 37-year-old head coach of the Moo Pa (Wild Boars) soccer team, had an appointment that morning. Ekapol Chanth... Read more →