Catherine Byrne

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The Department of Housing was informed two years two years ago of the allegations of criminality at a time when Tánaiste Simon Coveney was minister. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is to set up an independent investigation into the manner in which his department and Dublin City Council handled i(...)

“Regular energy drinks are basically sugary drinks with added caffeine.” Photograph: Getty Images

The sugar content of some leading energy drinks for sale in Ireland has fallen as manufacturers look to avoid paying higher taxes. However, the size o(...)

‘The big challenge around homophobia is being able to talk about sex and being able to talk about men having sex with men, what they need, and to demystify that,’ says Mick Quinlan, manager of the Gay Health Network. File image: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Almost a third of gay or bisexual men in Ireland had thoughts that they would be “better off dead” or of harming themselves in “the last two weeks”, a(...)

Seán O’Keeffe (R), who died last year, pictured with his brothers Bob (L) and Brian (C).

A young Dublin man who died a year ago next week, while suffering with chronic addiction and mental illness, could be alive if health services had had(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Catherine Byrne expresed  confidence Ireland would achieve a target of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Ireland will overshoot a target to eliminate hepatitis C by almost 20 years, costing money and lives, it has been claimed. The Polaris Observatory, a(...)

Junior minister Catherine Byrne has said Dublin City Council “missed the bigger picture” by not granting planning permission for the State’s first supervised injection centre.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Junior minister Catherine Byrne has said Dublin City Council “missed the bigger picture” by not granting planning permission for the State’s first sup(...)

Surveys show three-quarters of Irish people have not taken illegal drugs. Is that a sign of the success, or the failure, of drugs policy? Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire.

When it comes to narcotics, the only cliche more commonly used than “the war on drugs” is the one that says “the war on drugs has failed”. Surveys sh(...)

Seán Kyne will chair a group   to form a strategy for Ireland’s 30 populated islands. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Cabinet is set to approve a new investment plan for Ireland’s 30 populated islands, the first such plan since 1996. Government Ministers will hol(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Catherine Byrne is expected to bring to Cabinet an expert report on the personal possession of illegal drugs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Cabinet is set to discuss a series of proposals for first and second cautions for those who are caught with drugs in their personal possession. T(...)

The worker was dismissed without notice for raising his hand to his colleague, behaviour that was considered to be “wholly unacceptable” contrary to the company’s values and which could have impacted on its reputation.

A sales assistant whose conduct towards his boss was “offensive, disrespectful and humiliating” when tapping him on the chin to get his attention has (...)

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