Why is despair in an older person treated so differently? Why is every other avenue, including gold-standard pain management and palliative care, not explored?

Kathleen Rogers has a terminal illness – motor neurone disease. Coping with a terminal diagnosis is an exhausting challenge. Recently, it has become e(...)

The price of a pack of 20 cigarettes has increased by 20 cent in the budget. File photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Tax and excise duty accounts for almost 80 per cent of the price of a 20 pack of cigarettes, the Dáil has heard. During a debate on the budget increa(...)

In his Dáil response to Budget 2021,  Labour Party finance spokesman Ged Nash said there was a long way to go on the ‘two-tier health system’ but there was also a two -tier economy. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The budget is “papering over the cracks” again rather than beginning the work of building an Irish national health service that everyone would be prou(...)

Minister for Health  Stephen Donnelly arriving at RTÉ’s  Donnybrook studio  on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A further two people diagnosed with coronavirus have died and 814 new cases have been reported, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) said(...)

The Minister for Health has said schools will not extend the October midterm break. Photograph: iStock

There is no plan to extend the school mid-term break, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said. “It is not going to be extended,” he confirmed. (...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) scheme is expected to cost more than €5.2 billion by April 2021.

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has signalled that the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) could be extended beyond April next year, (...)

As yet another crisis broke over their drooping heads, an emergency helpline was put in place for the frightened and the bewildered who are now at bre(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned that there will be no Irish forestry industry by the end of October or November unless legislation before the Dáil dealing with licence appeals is passed.  File photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned that there will be no Irish forestry industry by the end of October or November unless legislation before the Dáil(...)

 A pop-up Covid-19 Test Centre at Castleknock Health Care Centre in Dublin.  File  Photograph: Alan Betson

Scottish health authorities contacted Ireland seeking assistance with Covid-19 testing but the State could not help, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told(...)

Angela Dorgan, chairwoman of the National Campaign for the Arts group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cuts to the top rate of the pandemic unemployment payment to €300 a week have been described as “hugely disappointing” by arts campaigners and Opposit(...)

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