British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband during a visit to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Audrey Syms is old enough to have known Ferndale when its name evoked pride and its bustling streets made it feel like the throbbing heart of a gre(...)

File photograph of Prof Aidan Halligan. The noted UK-based Irish doctor has died at the age of 57. File photograph: NHS

Prof Aidan Halligan, the UK-based Irish doctor who turned down the chance to become the first head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) more than a d(...)

British prime minister David Cameron arriving for an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. He has committed to holding a referendum on EU membership by 2017

British prime minister David Cameron kicked off the British general election campaign this week, describing it as “the most important general elect(...)

Jimmy Savile celebrity awed some, while his bullying, dominant personality frightened others. His fund-raising skills were seen as useful by Margaret Thatcher’s government, particularly, who “feted” Savile. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Jimmy Savile wandered where he wanted for decades through hospitals at all hours of the day and night, leaving behind a catalogue of pain and abuse. H(...)

Detail from ‘Ireland’s Crossroads, Camden Town’ from the Bernard Canavan exhibition at the Kenny Gallery in Galway until December 11th

A new selling exhibition of paintings by London-Irish artist Bernard Canavan, under way at the Kenny Gallery in Galway, is likely to appeal to the man(...)

Paying for medicine

One year after the introduction of legislation aimed at reducing the price of generic medications in the Republic, the cost of many prescribed drugs r(...)

Robert Dowds TD, second from left, making the point that the boards of the CRC and St Vincent’s are unrepresentative and self-perpetuating. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is strange that it has taken so long for the focus to fall on the inflated salaries paid to some of the leading personalities in the voluntary sect(...)

British home secretary Theresa May will unveil on Thursday the government’s much-awaited immigration bill which is expected to announce a series of measures to clamp down on so-called ‘benefits tourism’. Photograph: Getty

“Europe cannot look the other way,” European commission president José Manuel Barroso said yesterday following his visit to the Italian island of Lamp(...)

Aja Teehan and her husband, Charles Brand, outside the High Court with midwife Philomena Canning (right) yesterday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Aja Teehan has been left with three options when she gives birth to her second child in October, unless she appeals to the Supreme Court. The first is(...)

Prices for dental treatment are often highest in Dublin and sometimes only slightly cheaper further afield in the Republic. Even so, there is good value to be found.

A “dental divide” has opened between North and South in Ireland, with the differences in prices and services upsetting some pa(...)

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