Independent TD Mick Wallace said mental health was the health issue raised most during the election campaign in his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has ruled out making individual constituency deals with TDs for the provision of health services. “I would not be p(...)

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail – are stating their positions and their policies in language which avoids, like the plague, the shorthand words that have been traditionally, and correctly, used to express the ideological divide in democratic politics: left and right. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Now that the starting gun has been officially fired for the 2016 general election, two significant trends have emerged which, taken together, indicate(...)

Michael D Higgins with  Dr Noël  Browne  during a canvass at Eyre Square in Galway in February 1987. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When former minister for health Dr Noël Browne was buried in the sandy soil overlooking the Atlantic in south Connemara in May 1997, neighbours from B(...)

Dr Noel Browne, who died in 1997, at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

SOCIALIST politician and health reformer Dr Noël Browne was both “mesmerising” and “infuriating”, and an “inveterate individualist”, a conference ma(...)

File photograph of Independent Senator David Norris. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has said that gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other following the same-sex marriage referendum. “It would(...)

Det Insp Noel Browne  shows some of the  items of jewellery recovered by gardaí as part of Operation Fiacla. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More than 1,000 pieces of jewellery, including items worth up to €4,000, have been seized by gardaí as part of Operation Fiacla, targeting groups invo(...)

‘Seán MacBride  had sent an even more obsequious letter to archbishop McQuaid on his own election to the Dáil.’

It is difficult to believe how much the religious atmosphere of Ireland has changed over the lifetime of many of us. Life itself, of course, has chang(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar orders a cost review  of the controversial policy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has cast further doubt on the Government’s plan to introduce universal health insurance (UHI) by ordering a major re(...)

If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)

Suddenly, women no longer had the right to decide how, when and where to give birth. Photograph: Getty Images

Since the publication of the report into perinatal deaths at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, various commentators, including Liam Do(...)