Lorraine Nolan: Health Products Regulatory Authority chief executive: Nolan comes from a scientific family – ‘my sister is a nurse, one brother is a biologist, another is a biochemist and another is an electronic engineer. I blame my parents who bought us all chemistry sets as children.’

You might expect the national authority for regulating medicines and medical devices to occupy an imposing historic or modern building in the capital.(...)

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Maggie Cantwell, wife of the late Manchester United star Noel Cantwell, and her daughter Kate talking with Roy Keane at the opening of Noel Cantwell Walk in the Mardyke area of Cork City. Photograph: Provision

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

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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

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

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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(...)