Prof Crown told the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly meeting there was never a year during the Troubles when more people died from violence than died from smoking-related diseases. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Independent Senator John Crown has said he wants to see the “bankruptcy” of the “evil” tobacco industry.Prof Crown told the British Irish Parliamentar(...)

 Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power and Independent senator John Crown have published a new Bill proposing the regulation of electronic cigarettes. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The regulation of electronic cigarettes is proposed in a new Bill published by Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power and Independent senator and consultant(...)

Sen John Crown: “Sometimes we do not appreciate enough what a privilege it is to live in a democracy where people still have these freedoms.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Seanad Private Members’ Bill limiting the damages public bodies can be awarded in defamation cases has been accepted in principle by the Government.(...)

Independent John Crown sought the Minister’s attendance to give the timeline for the provision of anti-hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than 70,000 people had their medical cards removed in the past year and more than 17,000 were from people over 70, the Seanad was told.Fianna Fá(...)

Senator John Crown said he feared the Department of Health after the Government reshuffle would now be run as ‘a branch office of the Fine Gael election campaign’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Legislation will be required to give effect to the Government’s decision to extend free GP care to all over-70s, the Oireachtas health committee has (...)

 Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White: said regulations to enable cannabis-based medicinal products such as Sativex to be prescribed to patients will be introduced by next week at the latest. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The extension of free GP care to all over-70s will not be applied retrospectively and will require legislation, the Oireachtas health committee has he(...)

Prof John Crown: said he was very troubled by a central message of the report on the deaths of babies at Portlaoise hospital.  Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A call has been made to ensure Taoiseach Enda Kenny raises the issue of the undocumented Irish and immigration re(...)

 Prof John Crown: “I have nothing but respect for the sterling work done by my nursing and medical colleagues in St Vincent’s.”

St Vincent’s hospital nursing and medical staff were “lions led by donkeys”, Independent Senator John Crown claimed as he hit out at the institution’s(...)

Senator John Crown: ‘One cannot get a better example since the first World War of lions led by donkeys.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Ample documentation is available to show St Vincent’s private hospital administration was aware “at multiple levels” that charging the VHI for high co(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone said the group’s reform proposals could be achieved by way of legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six principles to reform the Seanad will be put forward today by the group Democracy Matters, which successfully opposed its abolition in last year’s (...)