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Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly secured the funding, separate from the HSE’s mental health budget, for community-based projects.Photograph: Eric Luke

A €3 million mental health fund to be launched next month will grant aid community organisations to help combat loneliness. Minister of State for Men(...)

Demand for prescriptions for inhalers and blood pressure drugs had increased, while patients on biologic medicines were concerned over supplies in pharmacies, the committee heard.

Irish patients have begun stockpiling drugs over fears of a disruptive Brexit, an Oireachtas committee has heard. This is despite official assurances(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan speaking to reporters when she launched the Laura Lynn Heroes ball which will take place on May 12th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

RTÉ has said it has “established procedures” on how to deal with an employee or contractor who wants to seek public office, as broadcaster Miriam O’Ca(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan (left) after signing a warrant at Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday granting a posthumous pardon for Myles Joyce in respect of his conviction for the 1882 Maamtrasna murder case. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said some of the names mentioned in the race to contest President Michael D Higgins “should not be taken ser(...)

President Michael D Higgins: recently changed his mind on just one term in the Phoenix Park being the “length of my aspirations”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

President Michael D Higgins has all but declared he wants a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin, but the intentions of other interested parties ahead of(...)

The 2016 census found that 399,815 people in Ireland lived alone. Image: iStock.

A move by British prime minister Theresa May to appoint a dedicated minister for loneliness has been described by a Fianna Fáil Senator as an “absolut(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: neither Fianna Fáil nor Fine Gael has an obvious candidate to oppose Michael D Higgins if he runs again. Within Fine Gael, Ms Fitzgerald’s name has been mentioned. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are becoming increasingly nervous about contesting the presidential election if President Michael D Higgins opts for a secon(...)

Leo Varadkar letter: the lonely and socially isolated are more likely to die younger, the Senator has told the Taoiseach

The Fianna Fáil Senator Dr Keith Swanick has called on the Government to set up a taskforce on loneliness. Dr Swanick, a GP based in Belmullet, Co Ma(...)

The first sitting of Seanad Éireann in its temporary location in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum of Ireland. Photograph: Maxwells

More efficient and transparent regulations to prevent carbon monoxide leaks are to be introduced next year, Minister of State for Local Government Joh(...)

Thomas Power on his wedding day to Bernadette Power (nee Delaney) last September. The 39-year-old from Dunmore East died while being transferred between University Hospital Waterford and Cork Universirty Hospital. Photograph:  Facebook

The lonely death of Thomas Power in an ambulance near Dungarvan this week is far from the regional issue it might seem to people in other parts of the(...)

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