Phelim Quinn, chief executive of Hiqa, said ‘health professionals seem unable to distinguish between what is an acceptable and unacceptable standard of care’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Working for the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) can’t be easy. The organisation is in the news nearly every day and publishes several (...)

According to Bird Watch Ireland, gulls are useful scavengers and provide a service to towns and cities. Photograph: Thinkstock

Herring gulls have been making a nuisance of themselves in towns and cities, snatching mobile phones and grabbing food from tables and hands. Senator (...)

Many people (mostly men) respond aggressively when they feel angry, using verbal or/and physical body language. Photograph: Thinkstock

Statins are often prescribed to control cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. These drugs affect men and women differe(...)

A photograph of my 1966 Leaving Cert class shows 17 young women, aged 16 to 18 years, all of normal weight. The majority are on the thin side. Chests (...)

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(...)