Luke Clancy

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Pat Kenny  worries about there being too much carrot and not enough stick when it comes to infractions. Photograph: Frank Miller

Surveying the options mooted to curb Covid infections, Pat Kenny is happy to eschew the most severe option in favour of less draconian actions. “You d(...)

In Ireland, 380,000 people have asthma and 890,000 people will suffer from the condition at some stage of their lives. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Thirty years ago, Ireland was a different country environmentally. The annual winter shrouding of Dublin with thick smog – grimly accepted by most a(...)

Man hand with pen writing on notebook on a wooden table. Man working at coffee shop

Writing must be one of the easiest, and hardest of projects. It doesn’t create mess, it’s more or less silent (a boon in a busy shared space), and all(...)

Ray D’Arcy: monologue a mesmerisingly pointless exercise in solipsistic navel gazing. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/RTÉ

As one of RTÉ’s biggest stars contemplates retirement after three decades in broadcasting, there’s no hiding the trepidation in his voice at the prosp(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has a torrid time on    Damien Tiernan’s Déise Today show in his first week as host. Photograph: North West Newspix

It may well be that all politics is local, as the late US congressman Tip O’Neill’s well-burnished chestnut claims, but the national broadcaster doesn(...)

The open-plan living/dining area of the property. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Shay and Dymphna Healy’s 35 years in 9 Prince of Wales Terrace have been good for them, for their children and grandchildren, for parties, fun, creat(...)

George Hook: don’t expect him to cede his berth in the name of politically correct poppycock any time soon. Photograph: Eric Luke

In a week that sees the publication of a report highlighting the scarcity of female voices on radio, it’s good to hear George Hook step up to the plat(...)

Mary Harney, who helped push through the ban on ‘smoky coal’ in Dublin in 1990. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In September 1990, following a series of winters during which Dublin city was engulfed in thick black smog, a ban on the sale, marketing, and distribu(...)

Photograph: Valeriya/iStock/Getty

Here, some key players in and observers of the 2004 smoking ban – including Micheál Martin, who was minister for health; Prof Luke Clancy, a leadin(...)

Excluding illness, poverty and smoking, researchers found that an increase of just a fifth in the levels of the smallest pollution particles, caused by engine fumes and coal smoke, cause heart attack numbers to jump by 13 per cent. Photograph: Reuters

Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to a sharp increase in heart attacks and angina cases, according to research in five European Unio(...)

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