Suzanne Costello chief executive of Alcohol Action Ireland: ‘Like most systems of self-regulation in Ireland, the alcohol industry’s codes have proven to be wholly ineffective and has done nothing to protect the young and vulnerable members of our society from alcohol harm.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

An opportunity to make a major difference to the health of future generations will be spurned by(...)

The Sun’s front page splash last Monday encouraging punters to sign up for One Big Switch.

(...) now at www.onebigswitch.ie.”One Big Switch, co-founded by health insurance entrepreneur Oliver Tattan(...)

EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said Europe would not allow the importation of hormone beef if a trade deal is agreed with the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

(...) to US beef as the standards being upheld in the EU. “All US imports must meet the same animal health(...)

The countdown has begun. From May 1st, the older you are, the more you will pay for your health(...)

Tasty grub? The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has highlighted the nutritional value of insects and the benefits insect farming could have on the environment and on addressing the demand for food worldwide. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

(...) insects in animal feed and consumer acceptance of the practice.Interest is growing in the idea of using(...)

 Paddy Power chief executive Andy McCue has moved to acquire the independent bookmakers owned by publican James Reilly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) on Monday it intends to buy two more.The company plans(...)

The Google offices  on  Barrow Street, Dublin:  Ireland is home to headquarters for 29 out of 30 of the world’s largest data firms,  making the Irish Data Protection Commissioner   a heavyweight player in regulating data issues for those companies’ operations throughout the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

(...) attention to those who will now have access to an increasingly detailed profile of our health, wealth and(...)

 Don Gallagher, chief executive of the Health Insurance Authority, with MInister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

CONOR POPE, Consumer Affairs CorrespondentThe Health Insurance Authority (HIA) has been forced into(...)

With Irish milk exports to China worth €400 million, familiarity with China’s food safety rules has become a key requirement for food companies seeking to export there.

(...) discussed a raft of revised consumer protection and food-safety rules called the Second Draft Food Safety La(...)

According to Think Beyond Plastic, an initiative which began in Silicon Valley in 2006, in the last two decades we have consumed more plastic than in the entire 20th century, going from 1.5 million tonnes in 1957 to 256 million  tonnes in 2010.

(...) environmental and health hazards. What, if anything, is being done about it? In 1905, Belgian Leo Baekland(...)