Unlike private sector, public sector workers do not know how to partner with either citizens or other agencies. Photograph: Getty

Neighbours, volunteers and communities showed an amazing generosity of spirit during the recent flooding disasters. This was not surprising. Accordin(...)

A woman takes a picture of a globe at the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in France. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change wants everyone to pursue “sustainable lifestyles”. Photograph: Christophe Ena/PA

Chronic diseases and climate change are inextricably linked. For example, obesity causes chronic disease and affects climate change. Healthy body mass(...)

Inequality between men and women is evident everywhere in Irish society.

Will the new year be the year for 50/50? Can women and men living in this Republic expect to be treated equally as envisaged in the 1916 Proclamation (...)

The best things about Christmas really are free: the carol singing, being around children, long walks, and meeting friends and family. Ignore all the hype. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

December is a bitter month and not just weather-wise. Christmas festivities hardly ever live up to the way they are portrayed in television advertisem(...)

The differences in iron content in the diets of men and women, and boys and girls, suggest these are related to how males and females are catered for when it comes to food. Photograph: Thinkstock

Most people never think about the iron content of food or their daily intake of this important element. With so much food around, and more than two-t(...)

We need to ensure migrants have their human rights vindicated from day one.  Photograph: Thinkstock

Humans have made a dog’s dinner out of, well, being human and, in particular, upholding the rights of migrants. Nearly a million adults and ch(...)

An occupancy rate of 95% for Irish acute hospitals is much higher than in the US and UK. Photograph: Thinkstcok

What can be done about the huge demand for acute hospital services? The clue is in the name. General practitioners need to stop referring people who d(...)

Irish people’s relationship with red meat has always been problematic, leading not only to cancer but to cardiovascular diseases. Photograph: Thinkstock

I was in Belfast when the report on red and processed meats from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was published. Did it stop me (...)

Misleading labelling: low-fat products usually contain high amounts of sugar and low-sugar products are often full of fats and calories. Photograph: Thinkstock

I recently wrote a piece about breastfeeding (Breast is best but not for Irish babies, August 25th, 2015). Several women wrote for advice abou(...)

The 2013 Annual Report from Women’s Aid shows that 16,464 women reported being stabbed, punched raped, kicked, choked, beaten, stalked and harassed. Photograph: Thinkstock

Domestic violence is poorly understood in Ireland. The Garda chaplain, Fr Joe Kennedy, when interviewed on RTÉ1’s Morning Ireland after the murder (...)