Launching the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign last month are Fergus Finlay,  Joanna Fortune clinical psychotherapist, Kieran Mulvey of the Labour Relations Commission and Áine Lynch of the National Parents Council: on leaving Dr Ciara Kelly said she remains a strong supporter of the campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A main member of a new campaign against harmful drinking has resigned. Dr Ciara Kelly, a GP and commentator, has stepped down from the Stop Out-of-Con(...)

On the way: some of the plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes sold in Australia. Photograph: Reuters

Vincent Jennings is upfront about representing the interests of 1,200 retailers who sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. He is also upfront abo(...)

Pricing doctors out

A “brain drain” of young doctors from the State’s’s public health system has been recently highlighted by the Medical Council. In a new threat, the Jo(...)

John Fogarty (left) and Denis Leamy have helped to raise awareness of acquired brain injury and concussion. Over 13,000 people in Ireland are affected by ABI every year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

A zero tolerance approach was one of the key recommendations made by medical experts discussing the implications of concussion in sport at the joint O(...)

Fine Gael senator Colm Burke has criticised a lack of fairness and transparency in the filling of more than 1,100 administrative positions in the HSE.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

More than 1,100 HSE adminstrative staff have been appointed to permanent higher-grade positions without going through formal interview processes.Fine (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “There certainly is a need for more to be done in this area.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Children James Reilly has said we must learn from the four reports published earlier this week into the deaths of young people who were (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming said the committee will look for details of the full remuneration of the chief executives of organisations which receive more than €5 million in grant aid funding from the HSE. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Dáil Public Accounts Committee is to seek details of the remuneration of senior executives in a range of organisations which receive more t(...)

Minister for Health  James Reilly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has agreed in principle to the introduction of universal health insurance by 2019 on condition(...)

Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: “The legislation gives the inspectorate new powers to be used before the stage of prosecution. We have brought in a range of pre-prosecution actions which empowers them much more.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Child safety, management and staffing and record-keeping have been identified as ongoing areas of “particular(...)

The general scheme of the Children and Family Relationships Bill has been published by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

New legislation will allow for the adoption of children by same-sex civil partners for the first time. The general scheme of the Children and F(...)