Catherine Byrne

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The conference was told by Dr Fergal Hickey “the only reason that cocaine doesn’t get the bad press that it should get is that it’s deemed to be a middle-class or upper-class drug.”

The introduction of roadside drug testing may be having the inadvertent effect of tackling the “epidemic” of over-the-counter painkiller abuse in Irel(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney TD pictured at his Fine Gael leadership campaign rally in Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Simon Coveney told supporters at a rally in Cork on Saturday night that if his rival Leo Varadkar wins the Fine Gael leadership contest, he will “shak(...)

 Enda Kenny: one source at the Fine Gael meeting said the Taoiseach’s departure was “clinical”

In all, the meeting where Enda Kenny announced he was standing down as Fine Gael leader lasted just seven minutes. It had been due to start at 5.30pm,(...)

The National Drugs Crisis protest at the Dáil in 2006: the new national drugs strategy will be published this  summer; it comes  21 years after the first such “national statement” from central government on drugs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A friend, to whom I wish I’d been a better friend, died recently. Dara Quigley was a writer, a merciless observer of Irish society, bright as a butto(...)

Irish Pharmacy Union President, Daragh Connolly said addressing the drug crisis was “a balancing act”.

The Irish Pharmacy Union has added its voice to those calling for the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use. At its national conference over t(...)

“The production suggests everyone is the product of stifling or corrupting forces”

The Chastitute Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★ “What I am, is a disaster,” says John Bosco McLaine, by way of introduction. In Stephen Brennan’s warm perfo(...)

The strategy says ageing heroin users are an emerging cohort with particular health needs, including “dental deterioration and special health needs caused by long-term drug use” . Photograph: Getty Images

The decriminalisation of all drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use is one of the policy options outlined in the forthcoming (...)

You’re already feeling horrible in yourself if you’re an addict. Looking down on us isn’t helping, says former user Philip Weldon from Dolphins Barn. Photograph: Alan Betson

Of the 30 or so children who Philip Weldon (42) hung around with as a child, five are still alive, he says. “Mostly they died of overdoses, some hang(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has secured a commitment from his seven TDs that they will all stand again. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For the past few weeks, Ken O’Connell, Sinn Féin’s political director, has been travelling the country ensuring his party is election-ready, from chec(...)

Minister of State for Health Catherine Byrne said she was “sick to my stomach” trying to understand that 12 years on “we are here again in the Dáil Chamber talking about the location and site of the new national children’s hospital”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Health Catherine Byrne has accused members of the Opposition of “jumping on the bandwagon and scaremongering” about the building(...)

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