The official flag of the Heineken Cup rugby union match Clermont Auvergne vs. Saracens is pictured on the pitch of the Marcel Michelin stadium on October 9, 2010 in Clermont-Ferrand. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY ZOCCOLAN (Photo credit should read 
Rugby’s Heineken Cup is called the H Cup in France due to restrictions on alcohol sponsorship. Photograph: 
thierry zoccolan/afp/

Government Ministers remain deadlocked over banning alcohol sponsorship in sport, with those pushing for the move being told they will have to come up(...)

Director general of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, said the organisation faced a potential €104 million deficit.  Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

The HSE has asked hospitals and community services to identify further cutbacks to offset projected cost overruns.The director general of the HSE, Ton(...)

Warren Buffet: VHI confirmed that it had entered into a reinsurance contract with the company run by  the billionaire investor.

The State-owned health insurance company VHI has said it is working on securing a longer-term partnership with Berkshire Hathaway, the company run by (...)

 Kathleen Lynch: said the authority was “very reasonable”

The health services safety watchdog has said it will not change how it applies official standards which State-run nursing homes around the country wil(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly. The IMO has said that it wants to represent GPs in the same manner as the Minister  did when he held a senior role in the doctors’ trade union several years ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has said that it wants to represent GPs in the same manner as the Minister for Health James Reilly did when he(...)

Over 1200 children are on the outpatient waiting list at Our Lady’s  Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ten children who have been waiting over four years for an appointment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin will all be seen within the next three(...)

Food poverty is a huge problem in Ireland and throughout the EU. The Great British Budget Menu on BBC One recently featured three famous chefs coming (...)

Irish Pharmacy Union has said pharmacies are experiencing ‘significant’  shortages of key medicines including anti-depressants such as cymbalta above. Photograph: Getty

Pharmacies are experiencing “significant” shortages of key medicines including anti-depressants, according to a survey carried out by the Irish Pharma(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald talking to reporters about the death of a woman who went from Ireland to the UK for an abortion. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The death of a woman who travelled to England for an abortion was ‘extremely shocking’ and raised issues being dealt with in the abortion Bill, Minist(...)

Cancer and medical cards

Being told you have cancer is a significant life-event. Even when the prognosis turns out to be good, people describe a numbed response. Although grea(...)

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