The Medical Protection website notes that 'soundalike and lookalike drug pairs . . . have been involved in errors and near misses in Irish hospitals'.

According to James Joyce “a man’s errors are his portals of discovery”, and in medicine, health professionals are faced with more “portals of discover(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton called on Northern politicians to follow the example of their predecessors and make compromises to allow the power-sharing institutions to be restored. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The British and Irish governments have been urged to devote greater energy to resolving the impasse in Northern Ireland by former taoiseach Bertie Ahe(...)

The new DIT campus at Grangegorman, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The biggest higher-education development in the State’s history will transform Dublin’s north-inner city. But while some locals welcome the change, ot(...)

 Sam Smyth pictured in 2012. File photograph: Collins

The Data Protection Commissioner is examining an alleged data breach at Independent News and Media in 2014 involving information on the company’s serv(...)

Robert Lee,  final year economics student and member of Life Society UCD. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Abortion is “not a cut and dried issue among young people”, and students are not automatically pro-choice, one University College Dublin (UCD) student(...)

Ronan Doherty, chief executive of ElectroRoute: “I expect the next generation of wind farms in Ireland to be built at €40 per megawatt hour and below,” he says.

Eighteen months after Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corporation bought a 60 per cent stake in Irish energy trading firm ElectroRoute, the eastern opportuniti(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife are accompanied by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and his wife at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Korea News Service via AP

China’s closeness to North Korea blends communist ideology, a delicate geopolitical balance and hard cash, so it is not surprising Kim Jong-un should (...)

Caroline Lynch, organ donation coordinator:  “I’m humbled and privileged to journey with families at such an intense and dark moment in their lives.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Caroline Lynch has been an organ donation coordinator for about two years. The former paediatric intensive care nurse says that a lot of people ask he(...)

Christine Mangan’s debut novel was the subject of a bidding war in the US, where Harper Collins bought it for a reported $1.1 million

With its Hitchcockian cover and an atmospheric prologue that imagines a man’s bird-pecked body recovered from the sea, Tangerine lures the reader into(...)

Prof Malcolm MacLachlan and  and Prof John J. Walsh have been awarded gold medals by the Royal Irish Academy for their respective contributions to psychology and geology. Photo: John T Ohle Photography.

Irish academics Prof Malcolm MacLachlan and Prof John J. Walsh have been awarded gold medals by the Royal Irish Academy for their “world-renowned cont(...)

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