Air Corps aircraft perform a fly-past during the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There was a special emphasis on Irish people who died in the first World War during the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at the Royal Hospital (...)

Spontaneous destruction: a gorse fire blazes in 2006. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The major bog fires of 2012, which destroyed peat worth between €3 million and €4 million, prompted Bord na Móna to ask all its employees to volunteer(...)

Racist attacks such as those against Muslims, above, were an “affront” to democratic and civilised values, the incoming Presbyterian Moderator has said.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Racist attacks were an “affront” to democratic and civilised values, the incoming Presbyterian Moderator has said. Dr Michael Barry, speaking at the o(...)

The HSE has identified two commonly used medicines as its “preferred drugs” to treat depression and anxiety

Patients who need regular medication for depression and anxiety can save up to €200 a year by switching to cheaper but equally effective medications, (...)

Prof Michael Barry said hospital pharmacists could play a key role in helping to tackle the issues caused by poor quality prescribing of NOACs, as highlighted in his letter to GPs last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hospital pharmacists have called for an enhanced role in the prescription management of novel anticoagulants (NOACs), blood-th(...)

Major clinical trials have shown the new drugs are as effective or better at preventing strokes than warfarin.

A leading stroke physician and Tallaght hospital consultant Dr Ronan Collins has challenged the manner in which the Health Service Executive’s (...)

Prof Michael Barry, the clinical lead for the medicines management programme (MMP), said he thought the news about the stroke-prevention drugs had been communicated to GPs. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The HSE’s decision to announce through the media that two new stroke-prevention drugs might have been prescribed in the wrong (...)

Prof Michael Barry, head of the HSE’s drug purchasing programme, said the medicines management programme was highlighting safety issues around two new treatments and other medications that were prescribed with them. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Consent forms should be introduced for patients receiving prescription medicines to ensure they are informed about their medication and possibl(...)

The Rev Dr Michael Barry:  “We need to get to the stage where the flag itself is not the one all-important issue. Whether I am British or Irish does not depend on what flag is flying.” Photograph:
Alan Lewis/Photopress

The Rev Dr Michael Barry, the next moderator to Ireland’s 240,000 Presbyterians, has said politicians must find some way of dealing with the past. Dr (...)

The Government is seeking to generate savings of about €50 million next year on foot of the introduction of health service initiatives such as reference pricing and generic substitution. At present the HSE spends about €2 billion on drugs and medicines annually.

Private patients purchasing the State’s most commonly prescribed drug, atorvastatin – used to treat high cholesterol – could make savings of up to €28(...)