Catherine Byrne

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“On a fundamental level people do not feel great sympathy for people who inject drugs.”

Years after beating his heroin addiction, Martin scored in a football match in front of his young son. What should have been a moment of intense pride(...)

 A youth worker said young people taking the sedative have   charges for ‘offences they have absolutely no recollection of committing.’ File photograph: Getty Images

The abuse of sedatives known as benzodiazepine (or “benzos”) is creating an unprecedented level of violence in deprived communities, a conference has (...)

  Tony Geoghegan of Merchants Quay Ireland said  the supervised injecting facility will save lives. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Injecting drug addicts will be able to do so under medical supervision when the first facility for them opens in Dublin city centre by the end of this(...)

Speaking at the launch of voluntary codes for the advertising of certain food products, Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne said the food industry needed to ‘cop-on’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New voluntary codes of practice restricting the advertising and marketing of food and non-alcoholic drinks have been announced. They apply to “non-b(...)

A cervical cancer cell. Almost 300 women in Ireland are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and up to 90 die from it.

One in four women over the age of 45 is not up to date with her cervical screening test, the head of the national cervical cancer screening service ha(...)

 Minister of State  for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Sources insist she had no difficulty with the 12 weeks but questioned whether 10 weeks may be easier for others to accept. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Government Minister has suggested that legislation allowing for abortion up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, rather than the 12 weeks recommended by an Oir(...)

The worker told his bosses he felt a sudden and sharp pain to his back and the pain was so bad that he had to drop the box. File photograph: iStock

A fresh produce firm sacked a ‘bad apple’ after it concluded the worker had faked a back injury when lifting a box of apples. The Polish man sued for(...)

Sinn Féin health spokeswoman Louise O’Reilly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Department of Health’s scheme to assist living organ donors with their expenses discriminates against donors who are not in formal employment, it (...)

Ministers will be asked, among other things, to reinforce our message on Brexit, Northern Ireland and the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 30 Ministers, the Attorney General and chairperson of the Dáil and Seanad will travel abroad for St Patrick’s Day. Tánaiste Simon Coveney h(...)

National Rehabilitation Hospital: Has rejected claims made in the Dáil as ’inaccurate’ and ’most unfair’

The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) has rejected as “inaccurate” and “most unfair” claims that the Dún Laoghaire facility operates a “cosy litt(...)

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