According to the World Health Organisation, whose definition was relied upon in this court case, a person is obese if their body mass index (BMI) is over 30. Photograph: Matt Morton/PA

People who are obese could also be considered disabled, the European Court of Justice has ruled. The judgment comes after the landmark case of (...)

‘It is impossible to guarantee that those with disabilities in receipt of services will not experience abuse. However, well-resourced services provided in the community near a person’s family and friends minimises the scope for abuse.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The abuse of people with disabilities identified in RTÉ’s Prime Time investigation is unsurprising. The State has historically outsourced the provisio(...)

A burial team member is assisted in the decontamination process as grave diggers fill the grave of Ebola victim Isatu Sesay, (16), in Kissi Town, Sierra Leone. Burial teams are often rejected by their communities out of fear. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Stricken with grief – a phrase from romantic fiction. But there was nothing romantic about the scene I was witnessing. A new burial ground with 30 or (...)

The Department of Health is calling on members of the public to share their views on tobacco consumption and take part in a consultation process which(...)

The Geneva Conventions protecting the safety of medics in warzones, including Irish volunteers, have become virtually impotent, a medical conference at the Mater Hospital in Dublin will hear on Friday.  Photograph: Reuters.

The Geneva Conventions protecting the safety of medics in warzones have become virtually impotent, a medical conference at the Mater Hospital in Du(...)

A Liberian man looks at a mural in downtown Monrovia that forms part of an Ebola awareness campaign. The death toll in the worst Ebola epidemic on record has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by November 18th. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic could worsen further before abating but new infections should start to decline in all affected countries by the end of th(...)

Shocking attack on woman in Drogheda this week will no doubt instil fear in other women, not least because gardaí in Drogheda have advised people “not to jog alone” in the aftermath of the attack.

The shocking attack on a woman in Drogheda this week will no doubt instil fear in other women, not least because gardaí in Drogheda have advised peopl(...)

Pope Francis  has called world hunger “one of the most dramatic paradoxes of our time which we are witnessing helplessly and often with indifference”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis will today address the second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, organised by the UN bodies, the Food and Agriculture Organis(...)

Dr Diarmuid O’Donovan, director of public health for the HSE West: “sensationalist” media reporting of the current Ebola outbreak is fuelling irrational fears about the virus.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

“Sensationalist” media reporting of the current Ebola outbreak is fuelling irrational fears about the virus, according to public health specialist Dr(...)

According to Budget 2015, key among the Government’s health policy commitments is to further develop community mental health services. While this e(...)