Donegal Bay in the southwest of the county: If Leo Varadkar can rebrand the west of Ireland successfully as the Wild Atlantic Way, perhaps the same can be done for primary care. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is hope at last that our dysfunctional health system might be fixed. I say system, not services, because by and large the services are as good a(...)

Shortly after Dr Leo Varadkar became Minister for Health he was interviewed by RTÉ about the challenges facing the health sector, including Ireland’s (...)

The health service in Ireland is very complex which means that complaining, or simply getting an explanation, can be very hard to do. Illustration: Getty Images

Engaging with health services can be a trying time for patients and their families. Inevitably, sometimes, things will go wrong and when that h(...)

No one seems interested in the fact that poor people cannot afford to buy real food. Photograph: Getty Images

The numbers of people with serious health problems such as cancer, obesity and diabetes are increasing at an alarming rate. A report from the I(...)

Former Central Remedial Clinic chief executive Paul Kiely  followed by chairman James Nugent  after appearing before the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Over the past few weeks salaries and fringe benefits of chief executive officers (CEOs) and senior managers of state, semi-state and voluntary agencie(...)

Pregnancy is what happens when males and females have sex. Pregnancy is normal. Photograph: Getty Images

Thirty years ago 15-year-old Ann Lovett was found dying in a grotto just outside the town of Granard, Co Longford, by three schoolboys. She had just g(...)

The new Child and Family Agency, established on January 1st, is good news for children’s health, protection and welfare. HSE Children and Families Ser(...)

Three new studies query the health benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements. Photograph: Getty Images

Stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements is the strong advice from the American College of Physicians in a recent editorial in the Annals(...)

Parallel universes are characterised by an ‘us and them’ mindset that is deeply ingrained and negatively affects every aspect of healthcare delivery. Photograph: Getty Images

The 1973 Pink Floyd song Us and Them with the words, “forward he cried from the rear and the front rank died”, is particularly relevant to the Irish h(...)

Last week I was in Galway Cathedral and the December issue of Alive! caught my eye. The front page of this 16-page, Catholic newspaper, 240,000 of whi(...)