The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland wants school vending machines to stock only healthy options. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When the first National Nutrition Survey was carried out, Ireland had almost no overweight or obese children. In fact, many were too thin. Between 194(...)

The four-storey building opposite the Mont Clare Hotel on Merrion Square and Clare Street in Dublin 2

A landmark Georgian building at the corner of Merrion Square and Clare Street in Dublin 2, sold at the depths of the property crash three years ago at(...)

Sugary drinks are a major contributor to childhood weight-gain, according to Prof Donal O’Shea. Photograph: Science Photo Library

A ban on advertising sugary drinks to children has been called for by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s (RCPI) policy group on obesity. (...)

Prof Kevin Imrie, president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, with Prof John Crowe, president of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, at the RCPI on Kildare Street in Dublin.Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

How would you improve the specialist training programme that produces many of our medical consultants? When the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland(...)

Prof Kevin Imrie, president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, said the current training model at Physicians had served Ireland well but changes were warranted due to factors such as changing health
 
care demands and Ireland’s ageing population.

A review of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s specialist training programmes has recommended a greater focus on practical skills and on a s(...)

President designate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Prof Frank Murray called for Government to significantly increase minimum alcohol prices “as a matter of the highest priority”, something he said would have “immediate and substantial” benefits.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland needs to “turn off the tap of cheap alcohol to some of the most vulnerable individuals” in society, the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Publi(...)

The majority of private hospital patients experience difficulties paying for medications and out-of-pocket expenses, according to the consultants who (...)

More than 80 per cent of those entering basic specialist training aspire to work as consultants in Ireland but 92.5 per cent intend to spend some time working abroad. Photograph: Thinkstock

The exodus of Irish junior doctors is due not only to the lack of higher specialist training positions, but to graduates’ desire to spend time working(...)

Student nurses are given the BCG vaccine in 1958. Photograph: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Tuberculosis was a diagnosis peculiarly dreaded in Ireland for much of the 20th century. There was a stigma attached to sufferers: it seemed to run(...)

There were more than 40,000 cases treated for problem alcohol consumption between 2008 and 2012, according to latest figures.

An almost 17 per cent increase in the number of people returning for treatment over a five-year period reflects a growth in the number of cases(...)