Des O Neill

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British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (68) speaks to the crowd from the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Guardian once carried a report on the rescue of a couple of transatlantic sailors, aged 64 and 68, beginning as follows: “Most retired people are (...)

 Many older people suffer from unsteadiness when walking. However, in clinical practice this is often met by a lack of diagnostic curiosity as to what is causing it

A fascinating and yet frustrating aspect of geriatric medicine is the widespread lack of curiosity among healthcare professionals as to the causes of (...)

 Prof. Alan Barrett, ESRI economist and director:   “If people remain in the workforce for longer, this would have positive impacts on national output.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Extending the age of retirement could be beneficial for the health and happiness of the older population and for the economy, the MacGill Summer Scho(...)

In the clamour for tax cuts and higher wages, social equity is normally forced to take a back seat. A similar pecking order operates within the health(...)

Prof Des O’Neill of Tallaght hospital described the cuts as “bonkers and self-defeating . . . It will cause significant personal distress for frail older people who are prevented from being able to go home in a timely . . . manner.”

Elderly patients in the greater Dublin area are being forced to remain in hospital even though they are well because of cutbacks to care supports to a(...)

The Oslo Opera House: home to geriatricians who hosted the 2015 European Union Geriatric Medicine Society congress.

I hate to miss the opening ceremonies of European geriatric medicine conferences, with the individual interplay between this most complex of medical (...)

Keith Jarrett: the once austere and taciturn figure traded gentle jokes with his audience between pieces at the National Concert Hall.

En route to the scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, I will be sorry to miss the sold-out Keith Jarrett concert tonight. The l(...)

Milagros Martin, through her father Ruary,  sued the HSE and is currently receiving treatment in the US.

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda has apologised in court to the family of a little girl with cerebral palsy for what it described as “deficits i(...)

‘Priorities should  turn to engagement with users of the services (the proposed Working Group makes no mention of them) . . .’ Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great advances of the last century is that nearly all of us will live longer and with less disability than recent generations. A part of th(...)

 (L to r) Alan McCandless, Ruby McCandless (7) and  Christina McDaid at the High Court, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy allegedly as a result of her mother not being referred to hospital with symptoms of pre-eclampsia is (...)

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