James Deeny

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Dr James Deeny, who became chief medical officer of the Department of Health in the late 1940s

Writing about the astronaut Michael Collins yesterday, I mentioned that he was two generations removed from West Cork, where his grandfather had been (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: he recognises the need to progress the Healthy Ireland agenda and to change the model of care from illness to wellness

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, wants to change the structure of the Health Service Executive (HSE). These changes will give back regional cont(...)

Katherine Zappone: Tuam was “part of a tapestry of oppression, abuse and systematic human rights violations”. Photograph: Eric Luke

An interim report on the Tuam baby scandal is to be published by the end of the month, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said. Taoiseach En(...)

Dermot Burke and James O’Brien from Frontline Security guard the world’s most expensive coin, the Flowing Hair Coin, believed to be the first dollar ever minted in the US, which will go on show to the public in the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The owner of the world’s most expensive coin, worth $10 million or more, is prepared to listen to offers for it in Dublin this weekend. The pure sil(...)

An occupancy rate of 95% for Irish acute hospitals is much higher than in the US and UK. Photograph: Thinkstcok

What can be done about the huge demand for acute hospital services? The clue is in the name. General practitioners need to stop referring people who d(...)

Shortly after Dr Leo Varadkar became Minister for Health he was interviewed by RTÉ about the challenges facing the health sector, including Ireland’s (...)

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, which was a home from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eighteen years ago, on May 11th, 1996, Padraig O’Morain wrote in this newspaper about a woman he called Eileen, whose baby was taken from her in a mot(...)