Rabbi Zalman Lent,  and Dr Ali Selim. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It is highly unlikely Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant churches or its other faiths will take an active part in political campaigning leading up to t(...)

The RTÉ campus in Donnybrook: some 8.64 acres of the national broadcaster’s grounds are to be sold off for housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Has anyone considered locating the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at RTÉ? Space is now available there. It was not last November when the curre(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, in 2013 said the church opposed abortion but acknowledged there were cases of “strict and undeniable medical necessity” where it should be an option. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Church of Ireland has questioned whether a referendum is an appropriate vehicle to deal with morally complex issues such as abortion. In a state(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: announced in October the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme would be available to all children, between the ages of three and 5-and-a-half from September 2016. Photograph: Sara Freund

The Government’s plans to offer children a second year of free pre-school education should not go ahead before major problems with existing services (...)

HSE national director for acute hospitals Liam Woods. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The names of five hospitals about which allegations of procurement irregularities were made to An Garda Síochána and senior Ministers last year have b(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Mr Howlin is to extend the remit of the Ombudsman to allow it to investigate complaints in private nursing homes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Ombudsman is to be given new powers to investigate complaints in private nursing homes.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin (...)

Billy Kelleher: suggested funding for top-ups could be coming from car parks

There is anecdotal evidence that restrictions on executive pay are making it difficult for the health service to recruit the right talent, the HSE has(...)

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(...)

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