Implementing the new procedures will make children’s school experiences a whole lot healthier. Photograph: Thinkstock

What can parents and children expect from the excellent new anti-bullying policy from the Department of Education and Skills (DES)? Not a lot ,it seem(...)

Former Manchester United manager, David Moyes. Photograph: EPA

It’s official. Football is more important than violence against women. David Moyes lost his job as manager of Manchester United football team on the s(...)

Eileen Flynn from Ballyfermot with Travellers and supporters  protesting outside the Dáil on Kildare Street, Dublin last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is time to right the wrongs inflicted on Irish Travellers over the past 50 years. The Report on the Recognition(...)

The Minister, Dr James Reilly, has said the overall budget will remain the same, so the Health and Wellbeing Division will have to make do with €234 million to not only promote health and prevent disease, but reverse the ill-health caused by the actions of other sectors.  Photograph: Getty Images

Will Universal Health Insurance (UHI) make us any healthier? Not unless the promotion of health becomes an integral part of all health service (...)

The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry: Report of Judge Maureen Harding Clark published in 2006 noted “If it were in the power of the Inquiry to make an award of bravery to any person it would be to the midwife who we shall call Ann who made the first complaint to the North Eastern Health Board (NEHB) solicitor.” Photograph: Eric Luke

After weeks of dithering and obfuscation, the fixed penalty points Garda whistle-blowers got their well-deserved apology. The mismanagement of (...)

Eight years after the report, it does not seem that outpatients will get individual care plans any time soon. Photograph: Getty Images

Quite by chance I discovered that a majority of mental health service users do not have the individual care plans (ICP) rec ommende(...)

Does the lack of signage and ignorance about the locationof the complaints office indicate a culture of not taking complaints seriously? Photograph: Getty Images

Do you have a complaint about the health services and want to make it in person? First, you must find the complaints office, which may not be e(...)

Suddenly, women no longer had the right to decide how, when and where to give birth. Photograph: Getty Images

Since the publication of the report into perinatal deaths at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, various commentators, including Liam Do(...)

Access to sex education is a right for students under the terms of Article 11.2 of the European Social Charter. Photograph: Getty Images

Unbelievably, talks on sexual abstinence are still delivered to post-primary school students by external agencies. A spokeswoman for an organis(...)

Childhood obesity is associated with emotional and behavioural problems from a very young age. Photograph: Getty Images

The new scheme to provide free GP care for children under six years of age is very good news. Service providers, who must be either doctors or (...)