Deirdre Madden

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Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly put forward the amendment.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to consider appointing a person with clinical expertise to the new board of the HSE, which would be a significant (...)

The Government last autumn appointed Ciarán Devane, chief executive of the British Council, to chair the HSE board.

The Government may have to change the composition of the planned new board of the HSE, even though it has already appointed the members. Fianna Fail (...)

Smartphones are now so common that one study has estimated 2.71 billion people worldwide will have smartphones this year.

Smartphones have become a necessary and ever-present part of life for most people. They’re taken out in doctor’s surgeries, stared at on public transp(...)

Two patient advocates and former Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay are among eight people appointed to the board of the HSE. Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

Two patient advocates and former Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay are among eight people appointed to the board of the HSE by Minister for Heal(...)

Broken family relationships can create all sorts of tensions at Christmas. Photograph: Getty Images

It is dubbed the most wonderful time of the year – but not for everybody. Christmas can be a time of joy and happiness for many, but what about those (...)

The review will be brought to Cabinet by Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State should not take over the direct operation of health services currently run by voluntary hospitals and agencies, but there should be signific(...)

Marley & Me author John Grogan and TCD director of M.Phil in creative writing Deirdre Madden. Photograph: Daniel Comer

John Grogan, author of New York Times best-selling autobiographical book Marley & Me, pauses when asked what he thinks of Owen Wilson, who portray(...)

Patrick McKenna  in Montreal

Montreal, where I live, was, at the turn of the last century, one-third Irish; hence the shamrock on the city’s coat of arms. Today though, few Irish (...)

Anonymous sperm and egg donation is expected to be banned in Ireland, once the Minister for Health commences enactment of Parts 2 and 3 of the 2015 Children and Family Relationships Act, which allows for parentage through donor-assisted human reproduction.  File image: PA

Irish women undergoing fertility treatment can now avail of anonymously donated eggs for use in IVF without having to travel abroad, according to an i(...)

Everyone writes because there is an inner compulsion, what Deirdre Madden (above) called “bearing witness” because one carries “moral knowledge”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Writing and Identity” was the central topic of Novel Encounters, a recent meeting of Irish and Greek writers in Corfu that I helped to organise. The (...)

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