A human embryo. The Irish Fertility Society told the Minister for Health that family planning was “a private matter” that should not be interfered with by legislation. Photograph: Yorgos Nikas

Fertility clinics have sought clarification from Minister for Health Simon Harris over the disposal of embryos created in assisted human reproduction (...)

Catherine Day: Heading a new review of the role of voluntary hospitals in the publicly funded health service. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government has appointed former secretary general of the European Commission Catherine Day to head a new review of the role of voluntary hospitals(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD brought a memo to the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday seeking consent to draft the general scheme of a Human Tissue Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has approved the creation of an opt-out system for organ donation. Minister for Health Simon Harris brought a memo to the Cabinet meet(...)

Ginny Hanrahan, chief executive of CORU and  chairman  Prof Bernard McCartan at the launch of  CORU’s Five Year Statement of Strategy 2017-2021. CORU is the Regulator for Ireland’s designated Health and Social Care Professions and currently regulates more than 9,000 professionals.  Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennell Photography

Did you know that if you are unsatisfied with a treatment you received from a dietician, a social worker, a speech and language therapist, a radiation(...)

Ginny Hanrahan, CEO CORU and Prof Bernard McCartan, chair of the organisation’s Health and Social Care Professionals Council. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Did you know that if you are unsatisfied with a treatment you received from a dietician, a social worker, a speech and language therapist, a radiation(...)

 Colin Farrell in Yorgos Lanthimos’ film The Lobster. The experience of independence continues to resonate in the Greek mind. Photograph: Despina Spyrou

I discovered the music of Alexis Zoumbas not from any Greek source but from Donal Dineen’s Sunken Treasure column in The Ticket (November 25th). Zou(...)

Santorini: the island’s mayor  has become a national hero by saying vehemently that his island is so saturated by tourism that it cannot absorb any more. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Today, there is hardly a tourist to be seen in Corfu. Most hotels and tourist outlets have closed for the season. It’s blissfully empty and quiet. Th(...)

“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)

Margaret Murphy’s son Kevin died at the Mercy Hospital in Cork in 1999. Photograph: Provision

Transparency and accountability are too often sacrificed on the altar of “corporate damage limitation” when mistakes are made by medical practitioners(...)

Troubles: violence looms over Deirdre Madden’s work. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Early in Molly Fox’s Birthday the unnamed narrator, who is a playwright, contrasts her own art with that of her friend Molly, an actor. Molly, she say(...)