A Limerick politician has claimed that “free heroin” is being distributed in rural towns and villages in the west of the county to bring vulnerable youths under the control of a drug gang. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire.

A Limerick politician has claimed that “free heroin” is being distributed in rural towns and villages in the west of the county to bring vulnerable yo(...)

Already, there is a shortage of GPs in poorer urban areas. Photograph: Getty Images

The cuts of 7.5 per cent to GPs are indefensible based on the population health evidence which now presents itself. In the wake of a massive decline i(...)