The battle for the hearts and minds of the 30,000 parents who will decide this month whether their daughters should receive the Gardasil vaccine is long under way

What a difference a decade makes. In 2008 hundreds marched in Dublin to protest against the government’s decision not to introduce a cervical cancer v(...)

Gardasil is the vaccine used in the vaccination programme for girls in their first year of secondary school. File photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called for the head of the HSE to be fired over his comments about parents opposing the HPV vaccine. HSE director-g(...)

The percentage of teenage girls receiving the HPV vaccine in Cork and Kerry this year has risen to 50 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

More teenage girls are receiving the cervical cancer vaccine for the first time since controversy erupted over its alleged side-effects. The percenta(...)

 Pat Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, has been granted his passport back by a Brazilian judge so he can leave Brazil for medical treatment. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has said it will not pay the €400,000-plus bond which its former president Pat Hickey is required to lodge in cou(...)

“The families of these precious children are excluded from obtaining any benefits from either their life cover or child serious-illness benefit,” says Jonathan Irwin

The founder of a leading charity working with sick children has challenged the Irish insurance industry to explain why it will not offer specified-ill(...)

Mary Ann O’Brien, of Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates, at home in Co Kilkenny: “The kitchen is big enough for multitasking, so the cook never misses any of the fun or conversation.” Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Mary Ann O’Brien founded the Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates company in 1992, after a trip to South Africa and the first of many learning experiences in mak(...)

The ‘Exploration Station’ will draw up to 150,000 visitors per yera. File photograph: Getty Images

A multi-million euro interactive science centre for children featuring a planetarium has been granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála. The N(...)

Mary Ann O’Brien: “You must remember there was €4 billion of State funding swilling around in the charities sector with no proper oversight.”

Footage of Mercedes and Audi cars being taken into possession by the interim chief executive of Console over the weekend sent out a discordant image t(...)

Artist’s impression of proposed patient rooms at the site of the new state-of-the-art children’s hospital to be co-located at St James’s Hospital,  Dublin. Image: Children’s Hospital Group/PA Wire

Work on building the new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin will start in June with the clearance of existing buildings on (...)

New children’s hospital: Cost of funding the biggest capital project in the history of the State will not figure much in the hearing, but it remains a concern

Four years after An Bord Pleanála first held an oral hearing into plans to build a new national children’s hospital in Dublin, the proposal i(...)