Swimmers taking part in the Athy Triathlon: When most of the swimmers disappeared off into the distance, Paul Cullen was left with the space and time to focus on swimming the 1,500m at his own steady pace. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Navigation is an issue when I’m swimming in the sea, so I practise using ‘alligator eyes’

David Hall in 2011 with Joan Collins TD and members of the Defend Our Homes League protesting at an Allsop property auction in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Energy of Console’s interim chief executive contrasts with approach of State agencies

Console founder Paul Kelly. The charity is due to run out of money next week. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suicide prevention charity may be wound down following financial scandal

John Pepper, group CEO of St John of God. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

St John of God gave the money to its chief over pension and employment liabilities

Staff at St John of God complained about poor governance structures in the service, an unpublished report seen by The Irish Times reveals.

Employees’ frustrations revealed in unpublished report into death of teenager in care

Paul Kelly, founder of Console. The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement has launched a criminal investigation into the suicide prevention charity. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement launches inquiry into charity

Clare Dempsey, chief executive of St John of God Community Services, John Pepper, group chief executive and Brother Donatus Forkan, provincial. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senior figures in charity are not saying how €1.64m pot received in 2013 was shared

Minister for Health Simon Harris: acknowledgede professionalism and commitment of Console staff, who were not to blame for the difficulties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE funding of €70,000 due this month, with €53,000 left in charity’s Irish accounts

 Documents relating to  suicide bereavement  charity Console are removed from a storage container in Tougher Business Park, Kildare, on Monday   evening. The documents are said to have been placed there by the charity’s founder, Paul Kelly. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Interim chief executive David Hall obtains court order to allow breaking into unit

Clare Dempsey, chief executive St John of God Community Services, John Pepper, group chief executive  St John of God Group and Brother Donatus Forkan, Provincial, St John of God Order, speaking during interview at StJohn of God, Stillorgan, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Order says decision not to inform the HSE about payments was taken on professional advice

The late Malak Kuzbary Thawley with her husband Alan. File photograph: Facebook

Teacher with ectopic pregnancy died after emergency operation at Holles Street hospital

Crona Sheehan of Sarcoma Action Group Ireland photographed outside St.Vincent’s Hospital Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Group called this week on St Vincent’s to continue employing Dr Alexia Bertuzzi

Former Console chief Paul Kelly who is no longer involved with the suicide prevention charity. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Founder of suicide prevention charity posed as doctor and claimed to have been ordained

The Charities Regulator has appointed five new board members to assume control of suicide prevention charity Console. Photograph: Getty Images

High Court blocks access to bank accounts and injuncts founder and family from role

Doctors and other healthcare professionals were paid €6.8 million by pharmaceutical companies in Ireland last year, according to a new report. Photograph: iStock

Report reveals transfers by drug companies to healthcare organisations and professionals

The head office of Console Suicide Prevention Charity in Celbridge Co Kildare. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Move by charities regulator comes as High Court asked to ensure running of organisation

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned pharmacists against claiming payments for medicines that have not been dispensed to patients. Photograph: iStock

Irish Pharmacy Union says there may be ‘isolated cases’ where this occurred

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said Dr Bertuzzi, who is from Italy, was employed on a locum contract to provide cover to sarcoma patients on behalf of  another consultant oncologist who had taken on the role of chair of the Irish clinical oncology research group. Photograph: Collins

Group calls on St Vincent’s to continue employing specialist in sarcoma Alexia Bertuzzi

The head office of the Console suicide prevention charity in Celbridge, Co Kildare, pictured June 29th, 2016. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Individuals have no details on charity’s finances and never attended board meeting

Paul Kelly, the  founder of suicide charity Console,  has denied allegations of mismanagement and poor governance. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sources say it is likely board will seek aid to help protect assets and retrieve other assets

Dr Maura Pidgeon, former chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: queried some of the findings by consultants BDO

BDO says board did not comply with policy on employment of non-permanent staff

 Three terminations were carried out based on the risk to the life of the mother by suicide, 14 due to the risk from physical illness and nine based on an emergency situation from physical illness. File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Simon Harris publishes second review of Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act

Candles light up the Console Celebration of Light ceremony in St Patrick’s College Maynooth CoKildare last November. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Suicide charity has number of outstanding PAYE/PRSI contributions, bookkeeper says

Trio had never met each other despite being on board of charity, report finds

Console founder Paul Kelly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Chief executive of suicide prevention charity at centre of ongoing financial controversy

Paul Kelly founder of Console.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Charity to come under further pressure as more details of spending emerge

Founder of Console Paul Kelly, who resigned last week, has denied allegations of mismanagement and poor governance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/ The Irish Times

Paul Kelly, wife and son spent on items such as groceries, designer clothes and foreign trips

High vitamin D status is associated with lower risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia and small-for-gestational age (SGA) birth

Study by University College Cork calls for guidelines on nutrition for pregnant women

Former Console chief Paul Kelly: denies allegations of mismanagement and poor governance. Photograph: The Irish Times  Former Console chief Paul Kelly: denies allegations of mismanagement and poor governance. Photograph: The Irish Times

Following resignation, chief executive tells staff he remains at helm of charity

The Medical Council has begun hearing a disciplinary inquiry into a junior doctor at St James’s Hospital who is alleged to have left her post without telling colleagues. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Junior medic ‘abandoned’ patient at St James’s after feeling unwell, Medical Council hearing told

Minister for Health Simon Harris: where a medicine is expensive and has been judged not to be cost effective, the final decision on approval will rest with the Minister. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State drops threat to introduce unilateral price cuts as part of new agreement

People gather to  protest in  Parliament Square , London, on Saturday at the Brexit vote. Photograph:   Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

UK visitor numbers to be hit as fall in sterling makes Irish holidays more expensive

Sarcoma is a rare cancer that affects 200 to 250 people in Ireland annually. A patients group has called for the retention of a sarcoma specialist.

Group urges hospital to renew the contract of sarcoma specialist Dr Alexia Bertuzzi

Console is also the subject of an audit by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which has funded its UK operation, and may also face an investigation by the UK Charity Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

Committee should investigate charity as it receives public funds, says Fine Gael deputy

Some orthodontic treatments funded by the HSE under the scheme allegedly took place in this jurisdiction and not Northern Ireland, the Medical Independent has reported. Photograph: iStock

HSE checking authenticity of documents for orthodontic treatments after concern by patients

 Paul Kelly, Console founder and  chief executive: in 1983, he pretended to be a doctor and got a job  for three weeks at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital on Baggot Street. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

€215,000 payment to Paul Kelly not included in altered accounts given to funders

Social Democrat TD Roisin Shortall has been elected to chair the new all-party Dáil committee planning the future of the health service. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

TD to head group tasked with planning future of health service over next 10 years

Sources have told The Irish Times that concerns about Console have been referred to the Garda following a dispute between the charity and auditors working on behalf of the HSE. Photograph: Getty Images

Inspection comes as HSE considers future funding options for charity after audit

Paul Kelly of suicide charity Console is among the highest-profile spokesmen on the issue. Photograph: The Irish Times

Paul Kelly established the organisation Console after his younger sister took her life

A children’s hospital at Blanchardstown could be built for €250 million less than at St James’s and one year quicker, according to Jimmy Sheehan, founder of the Blackrock Clinic. File Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Connolly for Kids campaign seeks public hearing at Oireachtas health committee

In 2014, Irish drinkers consumed an average of 11 litres of pure alcohol - equal to 29 litres of vodka, 116 bottles of wine or 445 pints of beer. File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Irish drinkers consume 445 pints a year as State ranks fourth in OECD for consumption

Mental health services and staffing have been greatly reduced despite ambitious government promises and rising demand, according to a new report. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Services and staff have been greatly reduced despite government promise, study finds

Saint Augustine’s School in Blackrock, Co Dublin

Cutbacks at St Augustine’s school in Blackrock reversed after pressure from HSE

Artists’ impressions of  the proposed new children’s hospital at the St James’s site.

Group Connolly for Kids say new children’s hospital should be in Blanchardstown

The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street is one of the two hospitals which have so far stopped the monthly figures. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Hospitals will publish figures quarterly to give ‘more accurate’ reflection of trends

 (From left) Patricia Gilheaney, chief executive, John Saunders chairman and Dr Susan Finnerty, Inspector Mental Health Services at the publication of the  Mental Health Commission annual report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mental Health Commission also concerned at rise in number of involuntary admissions

The report notes that rates of post-traumatic stress disorder are up to 10 times higher among refugees than in the local population

Report urges ‘complicated physical and mental healthcare needs . . . must be met’

The Health Service Executive was made aware of parents’ concerns over the planned closure of the life skills and vocational training programmes at St Augustine’s in Blackrock, Dublin. SJOG chief executive John Pepper has promised to meet with parents

HSE calls meeting with St John of God, which runs school for teenagers with special needs

John McCamley of Siptu blamed senior Health Service Executive (HSE) management for the failure of last-minute talks on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Siptu says dispute over pay and staffing at Tallaght centre will not affect emergency calls

Unless there is a breakthrough in the negotiations, drug companies face the prospect of price cuts being imposed by the Health Service Executive using powers it acquired under recent legislation. Photograph: Getty Images

Talks with Department of Health deadlocked as HSE moves to impose cuts on pharma sector

A report has found the Caesarean section rate varied from 24 per cent in the National Maternity Hospital to a high of 36.9 per cent in South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Fourfold variation in rate of hospitalisation for asthma found between Monaghan and Longford

The report shows the rate at which patients die in hospital from heart attacks (acute myocardial infarction) throughout the Republic has dropped 36% in a decade and the Irish mortality rate is well below the OECD average. Photograph: Getty Images

Report: Mortality stroke rates at St Vincent’s Dublin, Naas, Galway above national average

One limitation of the study is that it is applicable to men only. Photograph: Getty Images

Research follows over 1.6m Swedish men from adolescence between 1968 and 2005

Overcrowding and poor standards of cleanliness may be to blame, says health watchdog

According to new research, use of antibiotics in Ireland is significantly higher than in the rest of the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Antibiotic use rising in Ireland but falling in EU, according to European Commission

Food companies are increasingly using hidden tactics and emotional persuasion to market unhealthy food to young people online, according to a report. File photograph: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

New report calls for stricter regulations on advertising to protect children’s health

The late Malak Kuzbary Thawley with her husband Alan. File photograph: Facebook

Composition of review team investigating Malak Kuzbary Thawley’s death criticised

A 3D rendered illustration of a hepatitis virus. There are an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people in Ireland chronically infected with hepatitis C. Photograph: iStock

An estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people in Ireland chronically infected with the disease

The Department of Health needs to make significant cost savings on the State’s drugs bill to meet rising demand and to fund expensive new treatments

Proposal is last-ditch effort to avoid price cuts being imposed by the HSE

New law prohibiting smoking in cars came into effect this January. Photograph: Getty Images

Public support fuels potential to increase spaces clear of smoke, says health monitor

Demonstrators outside Government Buildings urging the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin committed to consultative process before any decision

Nine sites in Wicklow and two in Dublin have been sealed off and will be subject to remediation. Library photograph: iStock

Co Wicklow quarry sent contaminated stone to sites in Wicklow and Dublin

The MMR vaccine prevents people contracting measles in 99 per cent of cases, after two doses

Parents advised to check children’s MMR vaccinations as third of cases hospitalised

Some 61 per cent of those surveyed had sex with one or more non-steady partner in the last year, and 40 per cent of these had intercourse without a condom. Photograph: Pederk/E+/Getty

‘Nearly 40%’ of men who have sex with men have never tested for HIV or other STIs

Oncologist Dr Derek Power: says higher rates of many cancers in deprived areas are largely lifestyle-related and may have big implications for healthcare services. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Greater emphasis on smoking prevention and cervical cancer vaccination required

Amanda Mellet, who took the case, was in her 21st week of pregnancy in November 2011 when she learned her foetus had congenital heart defects and would die in the uterus or shortly after birth. Photograph: iStock

Pregnant Irish woman Amanda Mellet’s case gives this UN opinion greater legal weight

Public hospital groups and voluntary hospitals spent at least €730,000 on the services of public relation companies in 2016 on top of in-house staff and the HSE PR division. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Expenditure is additional to in-house PR staff and those employed in HSE press division

The medicines were seized as part of Operation Pangea IX, which is coordinated by Interpol internationally. File photograph: Getty Images

Anabolic steroids, sedatives, abortion drugs among 60,000 medicines held in operation

Previous reports have identified how cancer can be a “postcode lottery” stacked against those in more deprived areas. Photographs: Getty Images

Report shows incidence of some cancers up to 38% higher in urban areas

Almost 20,000 more patients were treated in hospitals, the vast majority as day cases, compared to 2014. One patient in four waited more than eight months for inpatient or day-case treatment. Photograph: PA

Over 80 complaints a day from patients

 Minister for Health Simon Harris has reversed the much-criticised diversion of monies supposedly ringfenced for mental health in the last budget. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cabinet approved an additional €500m in spending for the health service on Tuesday

Two-thirds of people who are terminally ill say planning for the future is their biggest worry, according to a survey of people receiving palliative care.

Greater supports and more information needed for people receiving palliative care

Introduction of Suboxone delayed because of need for specific legislation

Nivolumab  has been rejected on cost-effectiveness grounds for melanoma. Further assessment is ongoing for its use in kidney cancer

A third of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma were alive five years after treatment

Ballinclare Quarry in south Co Wicklow has been closed after testing last month uncovered the presence of naturally occurring asbestos in the stone it produces. File photograph: Google Street View

Ballinclare Quarry in Wicklow shut after testing finds naturally occurring asbestos

The #YesOrkambi campaign includes a video open letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Health Simon Harris

#YesOrkambi drive launched in support of approval for €160,000 per patient medicine

One social worker says: “I have never met anyone who was happy to go to long-term care; there’s a lot of grief and loss.” File photograph: Getty Images

Vast majority of care ends up provided by unpaid family carers rather than the State

Social workers say many nursing home residents could live at home if  appropriate supports are available. File photograph: Getty Images

Provision of care disorganised, fragmented and underfunded, say social work groups

Cystic fibrosis  campaigner said the decision to reject Orkambi  on cost effectiveness grounds was  disappointing.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

CF campaigner Orla Tinsley says decision disappointing as trials showed drug works

 Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Cross-party group represents an appropriate response to obvious failings

Minister for Health Simon Harris asked for a report this week on the HSE deliberations on new cancer drugs. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pembrolizumab to be included in drugs scheme three months after economic approval

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland said patients were dismayed by the recommendation against reimbursing the cost of the drug, Orkambi. Photograph: Getty Images

Price talks urged between Government and maker on €160,000 per patient medicine

Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb is to provide a life-saving new cancer drug on a compassionate basis to Irish patients for another month. File photograph: Getty Images

Bristol-Myers Squibb allows compassionate access to nivolumab after appeal by Harris

The maternity unit at Cavan General Hospital has known its fair share of controversy in recent years, including four investigations into previous baby deaths and a number of high-profile court cases. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is vital to establish if deaths were preventable but has this happened in this case?

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “It’s absolutely essential that people can have confidence in their maternity services, and I see a speedy conclusion of these reports, so the facts can be known, as a very important part of that confidence.”    Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Simon Harris says ‘speedy conclusion’ to inquiries important for confidence

Malak Kuzbary Thawley with her husband Alan. Photograph: Facebook

Malak Kuzbary Thawley died at the hospital in Dublin on May 8th

Minister for Health Simon Harris: With so many new, expensive treatments in the pipeline, there was  a need for a “serious look” at public policy on the issue of rising drug costs, he said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health calls for compassion for patients as Government mulls price decision

Three babies have died at Cavan General Hospital in recent days but one of these is believed to have been a late miscarriage, according to local sources

One child died after issues during mother’s labour and emergency Caesarean called for

The Health Service Executive, which is expected to overspend by at least €350 million this year, has severely cut back on staff recruitment this year in order to reduce costs. Three staff must leave before one new member can be recruited.  File photograph: Getty Images

Shutdown of Galway scanner to mean early deaths among older people, warns doctor

Kay Barry, from Limerick: “In my case I think the combination of surgery and pembro kept me alive and is giving me a good quality of life. My oncologist Derek Power in Cork is happy with my progress.”

Numerous controversies over huge costs of drugs have erupted. What price do we put on life?

Dozens with advanced cancer are unable to access the latest blockbuster treatment because the Health Service Executive drugs group has not met to approve it.  File photograph: Getty Images

Lifesaving drugs denied to seriously ill patients by slow HSE decision-making

Man’s best friend can be trained as a highly sophisticated “scientific instrument” and biosensor, says Dr Claire Guest. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

Dr Claire Guest of Medical Detection Dogs says their sense of smell can find diseases early

A dispute over governance structures after the NMH ’s move from Holles Street to the St Vincent’s campus has delayed  a planning application for the €150 million project.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

St Vincent’s and National Maternity Hospital in final effort to resolve governance row

The research questions the appropriateness of current guidelines that recommend low salt intake in the entire population, according to co-author Prof Martin O’Donnell of NUI Galway. Photograph: Getty Images

Idea everyone should eat less salt could be misplaced, claims NUIG researcher

Minister for Health Simon Harris: document says private health insurance is  important “driver of activity” in health system. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Briefing prepared for Minister for Health is highly critical of governance in the HSE

One in four adults admit they have never read product information for over-the-counter medicines, and one in five have not done so for prescription only medicine. Photograph: iStock

Health authority concerned over growing use of internet to diagnose medical conditions

In a tiny number of cases where permitted by Irish legislation on abortion, terminations are being carried out in the Republic that in the past would have required the women involved to travel to Britain for the procedure. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Pro-choice groups say pills procured online contributing to decline in English abortions

The report showed there has been a 48 per cent decline in the numbers travelling to terminate a pregnancy since 2001. Photograph: Thinkstock

More than nine women a day gave Irish addresses at clinics in Britain last year

Patients selected ‘behaving honestly and with integrity’ as the most important aspect of professionalism for doctors from a list of 50 attributes. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Survey finds high public trust in doctors but not business leaders, journalists, politicians

In 2013, Finian McGrath told TDs: “We all accept that smoking damages health, but so do excessive eating, drinking and lots of other things.” The difference, of course, is that all smoking is bad, not just excessive consumption. File photograph: Dean Lewins /EPA

Minister of State’s arguments are the same ones employed by the tobacco industry

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