Leading charities have called for an end to the current two-tier mix of private and public health systems as part of reforms to create universal healthcare. Photograph: Thinkstock

Leading charities have called for an end to the current two-tier mix of private and public health systems as part of reforms to create universal healt(...)

 More than 470,000 people in Ireland – one in 10 adults and one in five children – suffer from the chronic respiratory condition, the fourth-highest rate in the world.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Asthma Society of Ireland has called for more air quality monitoring as part of its 2015 Clean Air Campaign. It says Ireland is falling behind Eur(...)

Foynes port. The designation last month of Ireland as a smokeless zone has meant the CPL can now proceed with its plans for a €22m plant for manufacturing low-smoke coal in Foynes, Co Limerick.

An extra 60 new jobs have been announced by a leading manufacturer of smokeless solid fuel products for the domestic heating market. The jobs will be(...)

Air pollution levels in smaller towns not covered by the ban on ‘smoky’ coal in Dublin exceed accepted EU limits, research says.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Asthma Society of Ireland has been to the fore in campaigning for a national coal ban for decades. Emeritus board member Ann Robinson, from Ennisc(...)

One disease I had not associated with stigma until recently is asthma, primarily because no one I have treated with the illness had ever expressed feelings of embarrassment

Some medical conditions are embarrassing for most sufferers. Haemorrhoids, erectile dysfunction and any kind of incontinence definitely fall into t(...)

Diseases of the respiratory system are relatively common. Many viruses are spread by droplets in the air, and find a ready home in our throat and l(...)

Max Dunne (6), who has asthma,  with his mother, Orla,  at their home in Tallaght, Co Dublin.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Orla Dunne has had her share of “scary moments” with her son Max, who suffered uncontrollable bouts of coughing from about the age of two.Even just ru(...)

Fire fighters at the scene of the fire at the  Oxigen recycling plant at the Merrywell Industrial Estate in Ballymount, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The potential health effects of smoke plumes from the ongoing fire at the Oxigen recycling plant in Dublin were mitigated by high winds dispersing the(...)

Gerry Adams said Ms Kerin’s refusal to declare her pay “and a general lack of transparency” should be addressed.Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Cancer Society has disclosed it lost money on running lotteries over a five-year period, but continued running them because it was in receip(...)

Rehab, Beech Road, Sandymount, Dublin. The group has received more than €250 million in public funds from State agencies over the past five yearsPhotograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

MARTIN WALLRehab has received more than €250 million in public funds from State agencies over the past five years, but has declined to reveal how muc(...)