Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finnish prime minister Juha Sipila in Helsinki, Finland, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Mauri Ratilainen/EPA

Health service staff reacted angrily to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s call for hospital consultants, nurses and other medics to forego extended leave over (...)

There are many reasons people do not attend hospital appointments, such as difficulty with travel, problems getting someone to accompany them and ambivalence about attending. Photograph: Istock

Faced with so many missing patients, consultants and doctors could be forgiven for being angry. However, the majority of medics believe blaming patien(...)

Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. The contraceptive pill arrived in Ireland in 1963, however contraception was not legalised here until 1980 Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Redemptorist “How many children have you?” asked The big Redemptorist. “Six, Father.” “The last, When was it born?” “Ten months ago.” “I cannot a(...)

Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability in Ireland, affecting almost one million people. Photograph: iStock

Pain is one sensation we’ve all shared, yet our experience of it is solitary. As Descartes didn’t say, “I hurt therefore I’m alone”. Pain was defined(...)

“Drug treatment is indicated for those with proven disease or at high risk of developing disease when diet and lifestyle interventions don’t sufficiently reduce LDL levels,” Prof Vincent Maher  explains. Photograph: Getty Images

Drug treatment, such as use of statins, works for those with proven heart and vascular disease, or at high risk of developing it when diet and lifesty(...)

There are just under 400 people on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards awaiting admission to a hospital bed on Wednesday, nurses have said. (...)

Irish woman Bridget Lawlor in St Chad’s Hospital in Birmingham in 1955. Photograph: Raymond Kleboe/Picture Post/Getty Images

“No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means,” said Mr Aneurin Bevan, UK ministe(...)

Sinéad Tarmey, Wicklow Hospice, and Therese Tyrrell with  photographs of her late sisters Nora and Bernie

1) A night of “music and fun” is planned for Brooklodge Hotel, Aughrim, on Sunday (May 20th) in aid of Wicklow Hospice. The event is organised by Ther(...)