Paula Byrne

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Women in homelessness and addiction ‘could not be more vulnerable, says Paula Byrne, chief executive of MQI.

Shame, fear of their children being removed by Tusla, and feeling intimidated in mixed-gender services are all factors in preventing women addicts acc(...)

Merchants Quay Ireland: “Last year, we had 11,600 people in need come through our doors. The number of people accessing our mental health services jumped by 11 per cent.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A “deepening crisis of homelessness, addiction and mental health problems” is worsening among vulnerable drug users, a leading drug-treatment centre i(...)

The relatives of those who died in the Stardust disaster pictured outside the Dublin City Coroner’s Court, before an inquest pre-hearing took place. Photograph: Damien Eagers

The preliminary inquest hearing into the deaths of 48 people in the 1981 Stardust tragedy was “momentous step in the families’ path to justice” the Du(...)

Of particular note was the rise in deaths from cocaine use from 42 in 2016 to 53 in 2017, an increase of 26 per cent. Photograph: iStock

One person died of cocaine overdose every week in 2017, according to latest figures which highlight a rise in deaths related to the drug’s use. Data(...)

Merchants Quay Ireland chairman Mick Price and chief executive Paula Byrne at the launch of the MQI annual review. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Declan Coyne used drugs for more than 30 years, and ended up homeless and in emergency accommodation as a result. Now, after being clean for the pas(...)

Government approved legislation to exempt drug users from possession charges in designated facilities back in February 2017. Photograph: Thinkstock

The refusal of planning permission for the State’s first supervised injection centre by Dublin City Council has been described as one which would “put(...)

  Tony Geoghegan, CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland,  has announced he will retire at the end of September. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The co-founder and chief executive of Merchants Quay Ireland, the drug treatment service, has announced his retirement. Tony Geoghegan announced he (...)

The statins industry rests on the unproven cholesterol hypothesis: that eating saturated fat raises blood cholesterol concentrations, which clogs coronary arteries, inducing CVD.

In 2016, when Ireland’s State-funded sector spent almost €50 million on cholesterol-lowering statins – the world’s most prescribed drug – was the mone(...)

Fiona Rose Redmond (10), left, and Ava McCord (10)  at St Brigid’s Girls National School, Killester, Dublin. The school has become the first ‘asthma-friendly school’ in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On the back of every classroom door in St Brigid’s Girls’ National School in Killester, Dublin, there is a notice about the “Five-step rule” for manag(...)

Paula Byrne: “The Minister continues to support a misguided and uncosted policy that delivers little for the environment at enormous cost to our economy and landscape.”

Claims by the the Government and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) that wind power can be used to de-carbonise our energy system are (...)