Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

Independent Senator John Crown: A “huge fan” of the German healthcare system which is based on a system of cross-subsidised mandatory insurance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Some time ago Prof John Crown was asked for his best life advice. “Don’t send that email for 24 hours,” he replied. What would he answer now? “Lif(...)

Maurice Manning: The Manning group’s report has since sat untouched on some shelf in Government Buildings. Setting it up was a cynical exercise in winding down the clock on reform.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

While we wait patiently as our newly convened Dáil takes its time in forming a government, the election of our next Seanad is happening below the publ(...)

A piece of a bomb landed in Dublin’s Kildare Street on Thursday, at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, just down from the Dáil. There were no(...)

It’s the message, not the fine, that’s important. Everybody knows that smoking damages your health. And a majority of smokers would like to give the i(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly who will announce details of the commencement of the measure today with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

Drivers who smoke in cars in the company of children will face prosecution from January 1st. Minister for Children James Reilly and Minister for Healt(...)

Breast cancer cell. The new genomic testing may also indicate whether or not the treated cancer is likely to recur. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer who undergo unnecessary chemotherapy could be dramatically reduced following results from medical (...)

Dr Dennis Slamon’s discovery of Herceptin in the 1990s has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of women worldwide, including an estimated 1,000 in Ireland.

World-famous oncologist Dr Dennis Slamon will be the guest of honour at an event to mark 10 years of the breast cancer drug Herceptin in Ireland. Dr (...)

Former master of the Coombe women’s hospital Dr Chris Fitzpatrick said critical strategic decisions made at the highest levels of political authority about funding have had a significant impact on clinical outcomes. PHotograph:  Garrett White / Collins

Politicians abandoned staff working in maternity units and ignored problems in the sector for years, the Oireachtas health committee has been told. Fo(...)

Prof John Crown outside Leinster House. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Medical Corner This week, Prof John Crown advises on the best course of action to follow if you suffer a nasty wallop to the ballots area. It’s near(...)