Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with his predecessor James Reilly, who  announced the expert panel earlier this year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has promised to reform the discretionary medical card system after a report called for greater sensitivity in the way(...)

What is it like to die in Ireland in 2014? Is it getting better or worse? Have you thought about your death? Have you a friend or family member at ris(...)

Ireland’s growing ageing population means that the number of people living with dementia will treble in a generation. There are currently almos(...)

He was only five years old but John O’Connell still remembers the moment he was told his mum had died – two days after the event. “It was weird becaus(...)

Dealing with death

The Ombudsman’s reflections on end-of-life care will hopefully add momentum to the gathering debate on how we deal with death. In his report, A Good D(...)

Many moons ago I worked in a hospice. Well, to be accurate, I was the first doctor on the homecare team at St Francis Hospice in Raheny, Dublin. (...)

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall: ‘Those moments at the end of a loved one’s life are extremely precious and will be relived again and again’.  File  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

End-of-life care could be improved through better communication with patients and their family and friends, a new report suggests.The report by Ombuds(...)

Steph Booth with her husband, Tony. Photograph: George Skipper

For me, my garden is a calm, reflective place. Digging, planting, weeding, I find it easier to think things through. I have recently been pondering wh(...)

Mandy  and Tom Dunne, of Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, parents of Muireann who died after six weeks, with  nurse Joanne Doyle, left. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

The wooden bookcase is full of birth mementos, including a snap of an antenatal 3D scan, a bracelet, pair of little bootees, christening candle and(...)

Young Carer of the Year for 2013, Niamh Duffy, from Midleton, Co Cork  at the launch of Carers Week 2014, in Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

80 per cent of Irish carers have experienced cuts to home care packages within the past three years, according a survey conducted by Care Alliance Ire(...)

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