Minister for Health Leo Varadkar had championed a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The next government will face increasing calls for some form of sugar tax following the introduction of a policy in the UK announced this week. Whil(...)

Leo Varadkar outside Portlaoise hospital where ceasing 24/7 emergency cover was recommended. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The column this week is a game of two halves, starting with a reflection on the implication of the general election for training bodies in medicine, a(...)

Daniel, the son of Prof John Crowe – former president of the Royal College of Physicians – and Dr Margaret Crowe from Dublin, first met Olivia, who(...)

In this beautifully illustrated new history of an institution known for most of its existence as the King’s and Queen’s College of Physicians in Ireland, Alf McCreary relates how this bastion of king and country went into a Cinderella-like state of suspended animation for four decades after the founding of the State but is now emerging as a potent force in not only Irish and international healthcare but also in preserving a critical aspect of our heritage

Although not as grand as the Museum Quarter of Hapsburg Vienna, Dublin has a proportionately rich concentration of museums, galleries and Victorian(...)

Prof Robert Harrison, who resigned as chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians after ‘The Irish Times’ published details of correspondence to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Institute of Obstetricians has withdrawn a controversial letter questioning the appointment of two women who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital to(...)

File photograph of State pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy. Former deputy Khalid Jaber  resigned after a row with Prof Cassidy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy’s “dramatic intervention” over evidence given in a murder trial by her former deputy Dr Khalid Jaber has resulted in a(...)

 Mary Mitchell O’Connor: alarmed by the volume of messages she has had from constituents against Government plans to end the availability of cheap alcohol.

A south Dublin TD has expressed her “alarm” at the volume of messages she has had from constituents against Government plans to end the availability o(...)

Some  1.35 million people are harmful drinkers, according to a study by the Health Research Board. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish people are drinking harmfully in massive numbers while heavily underestimating their consumption, according to a study by the Health Research B(...)

Many people overlook the serious direct and indirect impacts of men’s sexual health. Some conditions are specific to men, but many are intrinsically r(...)

The Protection of Life in Pregnancy, according to the Government, gives effect to its commitment to comply with the ruling from the European Court of Human Rights in 2010. Photograph: Getty

The Government is still failing to provide clarity as to when a woman can legally have an abortion, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has said.Th(...)