The research at St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin was led by Prof Donal O’Shea: ‘If we can understand how the body burns energy and defends itself against weight loss, we’ll eventually be able to come up with different treatments.’

Irish scientists have shed significant new light on the role played by the immune system in obesity.In a research finding that could pave the way for (...)

Prof Donal O’Shea said Government must  take immediate action to stop rising obesity levels. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Obesity in Ireland is a worse crisis than HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and cholera in the 1800s, one of the country’s leading health experts has said.Prof Dó(...)

Irish and transgender: Luna and Daniel. Photograph: Dave Meehan 3:46

A six-year-old girl runs along a pier. The sun is shining, she has a lollipop, and she’s happy to be with her mother and two older sisters. Kelly h(...)

Government plans to make it mandatory for restaurants to display calorie counts on menus will have a “devastating impact” on the industry, the Restaurant Association of Ireland has warned. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Government plans to make it mandatory for restaurants to display calorie counts on menus will have a “devastating impact” on the industry, the Restaur(...)

Sugary drinks are a major contributor to childhood weight-gain, according to Prof Donal O’Shea. Photograph: Science Photo Library

A ban on advertising sugary drinks to children has been called for by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s (RCPI) policy group on obesity. (...)

Enda Kenny: ‘Clinicians know best about the urgency of carrying out an operation, if it is to be a life-saving operation, and I am sure it is on that basis they prioritise them,’’ he said. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Taoiseach Enda Kenny rejected a claim by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that the Government was adopting “a callous and dismissive’’ response to t(...)

 Minister for Health James Reilly: accused “some clinicians” of failing to engage about the cost of health services and argued that “prevention is better than cure” in relation to obesity.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Minister for Health James Reilly has rejected calls by a leading obesity expert for a resumption of life-saving gastric bypass operations on dangerou(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health James Reilly has received the backing of the Taoiseach amid speculation that he will be moved from the Department of Health in a (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny refused to be drawn on the revelation in today’s Irish Times that the head of the Department of Health had withdrawn a letter he sent to the head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) following a row over pay for entry-grade consultants. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Taoiseach has expressed confidence in Minister for Health Dr James Reilly in the lead-up to the anticipated Cabinet reshuffle. Enda Kenny expresse(...)

Can a couple of scoops of dairy butter added to coffee help you lose weight? Unsurprisingly, no. 2:15

Can two tablespoons of butter added to your morning coffee really help you lose weight and gain a mental edge? It sounds utterly revolting, highly imp(...)