The ESRI research adds to the science supporting further measures to reduce alcohol consumption, by marking the role played by digestive diseases (notably cirrhosis caused by excess drinking) in the mortality rates between rich and poor. Photograph: The Irish Times

Many of the fruits of the Celtic Tiger era may be gone, frittered away or shrunken in value, but growing life expectancy stands as one of the few last(...)

 Prof Richard Layte of the ESRI said the research provided the first analysis of the way differentials in mortality changed during the last three decades in Ireland. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The wealthiest groups in society enjoyed disproportionate gains in life expectancy and reductions in death rates during the boom years of the Celtic T(...)

Key driver in improved mortality rate has been reductions in smoking. Photograph: The Irish Times

Life expectancy in Ireland has increased by 15 years since 1950, principally due to reductions in smoking, according to new research.However, changing(...)

There were 38 maternal deaths between 2009 and 2012, a Maternal Death Enquiry report says.Photograph: Thinkstock

A slew of high-profile controversies involving the health of pregnant patients has caused concern about standards of maternity care in the State. The (...)

A Galway fertility doctor who clipped both of a woman’s fallopian tubes when he had consent to clip one has said he faced an “ethical dilemma” when wo(...)

Hiqa wrote to the hospital last November saying it was concerned over the risk to patients from a variety of issues identified by inspectors. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

The State’s health watchdog has criticised “especially poor standards” of hygiene at University Hospital Limerick.The Health Information and Quality A(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn: his criticism of Ombudsman Peter Tyndall is revealed in documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The head of one State watchdog has accused the head of another of undermining the reputation and credibility of his organisation in a heated row spar(...)

Examining a mammography test: about 3,000 cases of female breast cancer are diagnosed each year. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

GPs may be causing anxiety, confusion and potential legal issues by over-referring patients to breast cancer clinics, a study suggests.Most of the “ur(...)

There was a 22 per cent rise in the number of maternal deaths in 2010-2012, according to the second report of the Confidential Maternal Death Enquiry. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The number of maternal deaths in Ireland has risen sharply, and the pregnancy-related death rate is now higher than in the UK, according to a new rep(...)

What’s new to know about the Irish family? It’s changing, and the Government believes the law needs to reflect this. One child in three is born outsid(...)