RTÉ is now recruiting ‘leaders’ for the 10th series of Operation Transformation.

Irish people are not making the lifestyle changes needed to promote and improve their health. Despite repeated information campaigns on quitting smoki(...)

The remains of Clodagh Hawe being brought to the joint funeral with her husband, Alan, and their sons, Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6), at St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan,  Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The latest murder-suicide in Co Cavan, resulting in five deaths, elicited the usual hand-wringing from local people. Without exception, they were “sho(...)

Lena, the western lowland gorilla at Dublin Zoo, breastfed her baby immediately and will continue to do so for up to five years. She “did not need a lactation consultant to urge her to do what is best”. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

The sight of Lena, the western lowland gorilla, cuddling her new-born baby in Dublin Zoo was heart-warming. In media photos she looked pleased with he(...)

Leah Hoctor of the Centre for Reproductive Rights at a press conference after the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruling. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Ireland’s maternity services and the eighth amendment to the Constitution, article 40.3.3, provide plenty of copy for opinion columnists. There seems (...)

Gardasil, a vaccine against cervical cancer: Approximately 300 women get cervical cancer every year in Ireland and 100 women die from the disease. The vaccine can prevent seven out of 10 cervical cancers.  Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

Vaccinations are getting a bit of a bad press these days, particularly the HPV vaccine – Gardasil – which is administered to girls in their first seco(...)

Building trust involves all the partners keeping the promises they make, being supportive of each other, and behaving in ways that benefit the partnership as a whole. Illustration: Thinkstock

Partnership working has been in the news lately with politicians talking about partnership government which we are, unfortunately, not going to get. D(...)

Sports stars like Stepanie Roche and  the Irish women’s rugby team are promoting women’s participation in sport. Photograph: Inpho

“Give me the child of seven and I’ll show you the man,” said the Jesuits. In a similar vein, doctors would say they can predict the future health of a(...)

Donegal Bay in the southwest of the county: If Leo Varadkar can rebrand the west of Ireland successfully as the Wild Atlantic Way, perhaps the same can be done for primary care. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is hope at last that our dysfunctional health system might be fixed. I say system, not services, because by and large the services are as good a(...)

Shortly after Dr Leo Varadkar became Minister for Health he was interviewed by RTÉ about the challenges facing the health sector, including Ireland’s (...)

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly: “For every euro spent on children, that is where you get the best return, whether it’s in health or other aspects in education.”    Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former minister for health James Reilly is at loggerheads with his successor, Leo Varadkar, over plans to move the public health portfolio to his new(...)

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