Emma Farrell from Charlestown, Finglas, leans on one of 100 pigs  before the start tomorrow of the Jack and Jill Childrens Foundation Pigs on Parade, an event which will take place around Dublin city in February and March.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public contributions to Irish charities fell dramatically following controversy over payments for directors at the Central Remedial Clnic and Rehab, a(...)

Jonathan Irwin on his life story: “It’s a bit like assembling a family album that resides in your head, and painting those pictures through words”

What’s the story Johnny McGory? Will I begin it. That’s all that’s in it. Bet Emily Hourican could find the middle of that story for Mr McGory. She di(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  Photo:graph Gareth Chaney Collins

Outline planning permission for a new maternity hospital at St James’s may be sought at the same time as the planning application is lodged for the ne(...)

Jonathan Irwin, founder and chief executive of the Jack & Jill foundation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The trouble with living a packed life is that at least some of the things that happen along the way will be unpleasant. It’s something Jonathan Irwin (...)

Jonathan Irwin, co-founder of the Jack and Jill Foundation. “If ever this Government needed to take stock and listen to the views of parents of sick children regarding the location of the national children’s hospital, it is now.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Jack and Jill Foundation, which provides support for parents of extremely sick children, is opening a petition calling for the site of the new n(...)

 Jonathan Irwin  of the Jack and Jill Foundation:  “Credit where credit is due. I am glad to see the HSE being given the political and financial support via €13 million in additional funding to cover the cost of returning the medical cards”

The Government’s decision to return discretionary medical cards taken from 15,300 people with serious medical conditions has been widely welcomed.The(...)

Asked about his political future, Dr Reilly said this was “in the gift of the Taoiseach. He has to do what he feels is the right thing”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government plans to issue medical cards on the basis of medical conditions will not now take effect until legislation is passed next year, accordin(...)

Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White, acknowledged yesterday the Government had been “too slow” to move on the issue of discretionary medical cards.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Patient-support groups have vowed to keep up pressure on the Government to reinstate medical cards taken from sick children over the past two years.Th(...)

Almost a month ago, dozens of backbench Fine Gael TDs vented their anger about the medical card issue on Minister for Health James Reilly at a meeting of the parliamentary party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Of all the banana skins that tripped the Government parties up in this month’s election, the medical card issue was perhaps the most unlikely. (...)

Playful air: John Murray’s jolly front belies his ability for acute observations

In the uncertain world of radio, where positions are constantly under scrutiny and quarterly listenership figures cause ripples of anxiety, admitting (...)