Bereaved parents Mark and Róisín Molloy with Amy Delahunt and Ollie Kelly: maternity practices at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, caused them great personal loss. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Unearthing the truth about Ireland’s maternity services is like peeling an onion. The Hiqa investigation into the Midland Regional Hospital, Portla(...)

Restrictions on marketing foods high in fat, sugar and salt, and taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and high-fat foods are likely to have a greater impact on reducing obesity inequalities than campaigns targeted at individuals.Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Obesity is big (excuse the pun) news again. When the World Health Organization (WHO) released new 2030 projections, media coverage went over the to(...)

Blaming depression for violent behaviour does not help anyone and stigmatises mental illness. Photograph: Thinkstock

Are people with depression more likely to be violent than those without depression? No, they are not. Yet almost every time the Germanwings crash in t(...)

A total of 8,627 health service employees (HSE and HSE-funded agencies) completed the first-ever health service employee survey on themes such as leadership and overall strategy.

We finally know the truth about management incompetence in the Irish health services, and it is not pretty. The HSE recently published the findings of(...)

Older people are not responsible for the dogs’ dinners that are Ireland’s emergency departments. Successive governments and health managers are to blame. Photograph: Thinkstock

The new report from the Emergency Department Task Force can be summed up in two words: blatant ageism. It seems that older people are to blame for all(...)

Men who are violent towards women are ordinary people – husbands, grandfathers, fathers, sons, nephews, uncles, brothers, – who think they have a right to control women. Photograph: Thinkstock

Launching a new report on domestic violence, Sharon O’Halloran, the chief executive officer of SafeIreland, said “the legal system at every level is f(...)

Adults and children need to be able to say ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘I will think about it’, in the context of everyday respectful relationships. Photograph: Thinkstock

I usually agree wholeheartedly with the views of Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI), so I am baffled by its recent demand for consent education to pre(...)

Hospitals need to stop counting patients, beds and discharges, and start measuring outcomes and value for money. Photograph: iStockphoto

Acute hospitals are bursting at the seams. No one, including all previous ministers for health, has been able to eliminate the long queues for treatme(...)

Irish culture has not caused binge drinking any more than our eating culture has increased levels of obesity. The food and beverage industry is to blame. Photograph: Thinkstock

The 2014 Euro Health Consumer Index shows that Ireland is in 35th place out of 36 countries for binge drinking. Bosnia-Herzegovina is in first plac(...)

In practice, women in Ireland have little choice about how, when and where to give birth. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ireland’s maternity services are unfit for purpose. The maternity unit in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway is the latest to come under s(...)