The Restaurants Association has called for an urgent meeting with Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has called for an urgent meeting with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar over a new rule requiring all menus to c(...)

Half of primary schools requested a “voluntary” contribution from parents, and the amount sought has risen considerably this year. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Parents’ associations are now paying the monthly heating bills at a number of primary schools due to a shortfall in funding, principals have claimed. (...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan,  who lives not far from Corpus Christi school. Inevitably, it is schools in the most disadvantaged areas – those with the least ability to drum up support from the local community – who stand to suffer most. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cake sales, raffles, bag-packing and “voluntary” contributions: schools are no strangers to rattling the can to make up the shortfall in running costs(...)

Pat O’Mahony, chief executive, with Michael Hayes, chairman, at the launch of the Health Products Regulatory Authority. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

At least 50 per cent of prescription medicines bought over the internet are counterfeit. The figure comes from Pat O’Mahony, chief executive of what w(...)

The Health Products Regulatory Authority said the move to make Nicorette nicotine replacement therapy products available for general sale will result in these products being more widely accessible by people wishing to seek assistance to quit smoking. Photograph: PA

A leading nicotine replacement product is to be allowed on general sale for the first time, following a decision to relax the rule that has confined t(...)

The Irish Medicines Board, which regulates the pharmacy industry, has revealed  that 20 different types of medicine which currently need a doctor’s prescription will soon not need them at all.   Photograph: Thinkstock

Thousands of patients will be able to get medicines over the counter where previously they had to have a doctor’s prescription, it has been announced.(...)

Prof Mark Post developed the ‘in vitro’ burger using stem cells from a slaughtered cow which develop into a strip of muscle cells after being cultured in a synthetic broth containing vital nutrients. Photograph: Reuters

The world’s most expensive hamburger will be served in a London restaurant today, made entirely from synthetic meat at a cost of €250,000.A live strea(...)