Dentists have called on the HSE to give them a key role in the State’s tobacco control strategy, similar to the practice in Sweden. The Irish D(...)

Dentists are witnessing a “huge increase” in dental decay and other problems. Photograph: Alan Betson

Public confusion over medical entitlements means that 75 per cent of people who are entitled to a free dental check do (...)

Child rapporteur  Geoffrey Shannon: “The question is whether sufficient efforts are being made to support families.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Health Service Executive initiated 20 per cent more childcare cases last year than it did in 2011, according to new data r(...)

FSAI chief executive Prof Alan Reilly has expressed disappointment at the continuing high number of closure orders needing to be served on food businesses. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

Eleven closure orders and one prohibition order were served on food businesses during March for breaches of food safety legislation, according (...)

Councillors in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown voted to rezone land to allow for the expansion of biopharmaceutical company Amgen and its neighbour the National Rehabilitation Hospital.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Councillors in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown tonight voted to rezone land to allow for the expansion of biopharmaceutical company Amgen and its neighb(...)

Irene Gunning, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, said the survey results underline the need for investment in supports for children with special needs at pre-school level. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many creches and pre-schools are struggling to provide early childhood care and education to children with special needs, according to a nation(...)

Praveen Halappanavar, husband of the late Savita, arrives this morning to give evidence at her inquest in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Praveen Halappanavar has told the inquest into his wife Savita's death how she repeatedly asked doctors at University Hospital Galway for a te(...)

Noeline Blackwell, director of Flac, Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court,  and Dr Carol Coulter, director of the Child Care Law Reporting Project, at the launch of the website in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

A pioneering new reporting project will go a long way to filling a “void of information” on how the courts deal with sensitive childcare cases,(...)

A new report has recommended that paramedics on the ground should have the means to contact helicopter pilots directly in the case of emergency. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Better use of radio links between emergency ground staff and Air Corps pilots and enhanced training for paramedics in air safety awareness are (...)

Carol Coulter and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald  at the launch of the Child Care Law Reporting Project  in December. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 5,000 children are in the care of the State, mostly on foot of orders made in the courts. Yet the public has, up to now, had no way o(...)

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