Colin Joyce threatened to release confidential information about 1,300 patients and have their details posted on Wikipedia. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

A Cork medical school dropout who sent threatening letters to 10 of his past supervisors and tutors at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)(...)

In a letter to HSE director general Tony O’Brien, Dr O’Connell said his wife had got an academic position in Australia “and I wish to return to Australia to pursue other employment opportunities”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The “much-reduced” salary in Ireland compared with Australia was too much of a financial challenge for him, according to the doctor who stepped dow(...)

The effect of a benzodiazepine is calming without too much sedation, although they usually cause tiredness. The drug works by increasing the power of the brain’s natural calmer, the neurotransmitter GABA. Photograph: Stockbyte

“Kids are different today, I hear ev’ry mother say Mother needs something today to calm her down And though she’s not really ill, there’s a little y(...)

Students watch a live Caesarean section in the Robert Adams Theatre, Beaumont Hospital via video link from the Rotunda Hospital, as part of the MiniMed School programme for transition years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:26

“We’re putting a retractor in which is holding the bladder down out of the way. This is the uterus here.”Those were the words of Prof Fergal Malone, h(...)

 The college’s programme in Bahrain has been accredited for five years by the Irish Medical Board. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland programme in Bahrain has been accredited by the Irish Medical Council for a period of five years following (...)

University Hospital Galway: one of the Saolta group of hospitals, along with Mayo General Hospital, Sligo Regional Hospital, Roscommon Hospital and Letterkenny General Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke

The HSE has directed its internal audit unit to review the circumstances of how a private company won a contract to install critical quality and safe(...)

Minister for Eduction  Jan O’Sullivan: We have seen an increase in the number of Chinese students studying at graduate and postgraduate level in Ireland.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

One of the great Irish exports to China has been education, and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was in China last week on a trade mis(...)

Dr Susan O’Reilly: taking over as chief executive of the Dublin-Midlands Hospitals Group. Photograph: Frank Miller

The new chief executive of the group of public hospitals in Dublin and the midlands will be paid nearly €220,000 a year, it has emerged.The HSE said(...)

The points requirement for CAO courses were bound to rise this year for a variety of reasons, including more students sitting the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Frank Miller

Points requirements for CAO courses were bound to rise this year for a number of factors, including the increased numbers of students sitting the Leav(...)

Beaux Lane House is at the rear of St Stephen’s Green shopping centre

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is to sell an office block at the back of the St Stephen’s Green shopping centre in Dublin.The proceeds of th(...)