Cardinal Seán Brady arrives to give evidence to the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry at Banbridge Court House, Co Down.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The evidence of Cardinal Seán Brady, retired Archbishop of Armagh, to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Banbridge, Co Down, cannot be take(...)

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Over the next eight weeks thousands of Irish families will take their annual summer break, either at home or abroad. Travel is one of life’s great ple(...)

‘Equality between men and women needs to be the No 1 priority for health and society. Nothing less than 50-50 will do.’ Illustration: Thinkstock

International Men’s Health Week runs until Sunday, June 21st. Its purpose is to encourage personal, structural and systemic change and thereby improve(...)

Only 68 per cent of all HSE complaints are investigated within the 30-day target. My family are still waiting for a resolution to a complaint, made 16 months ago, which is now being investigated by the Ombudsman. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, wants us to complain more. According to a new report, Learning to Get Better: an investigation by the Ombudsman into how(...)

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(...)