Irish farmers give their pigs up to four times as much antibiotics as Danish farmers, according to the report by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Farmers and vets need to be incentivised to promote the prudent use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents in food production, according to a n(...)

Doctors’ dilemma: lack of investment by drug companies into antibiotic research has been blamed for the paucity of new product development. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Just one new antibiotic for use by GPs has been brought to the Irish market in the last six years, leading to concern about keeping up with the resi(...)

A central lab in Ireland would mean having the flexibility to reassign staff and resources to deal with problems when they become acute.

What happens to the samples you give in hospital? Patients are routinely asked to give samples of urine, sputum and blood. After a few hours, or somet(...)

We benefit much more from clean air, pure water, good food, exercise and strong communities than we do from hospitals, medicines and clinics. Yet dis(...)