Among the reports were glass found in a dessert, plastic rope in a takeaway meal, and a cigarette butt in a bag of chips. Photograph: iStock

A complaint about a live insect in a dessert and another about a deli worker sneezing into his hands and then making sandwiches were among more than 3(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and Minister for Health Simon Harris with Bisi Atelade (11) and Charlie McCormack (10). Photograph: Dave Meehan

In the past two decades, the number of people who are overweight and obese in Ireland has doubled. Only four in 10 of us now have a healthy weight. A(...)

A multi-pronged attack

Between 22 and 23 per cent of Irish people are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) in excess of 30. Some individuals will have struggled to lose weigh(...)

‘Governments don’t feel compelled to invest in a problem over which there is considerable apathy.’ Photograph: Getty Images

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the cost of obesity to the UK National Health Service problem equals the combined costs of the entire poli(...)

Dr Pamela Byrne has been appointed chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and will take up office in March 2015. Photograph: FSAI

Dr Pamela Byrne has today been announced as the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) new chief executive.Dr Byrne takes over the role from Prof A(...)

Rwandese refugees cross Rusumo border to Tanzania from Rwanda in  May, 1994. Phorograph:  REUTERS/Jeremiah Kamau/Files

Since Shakespeare wrote about it being the food of love, the idea of music as a positive force has been embedded in our psyches. In common with oth(...)