Mary Harney

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A file image from 1988 showing smog over Capel Street bridge on the river Liffey, with the Four Courts in the background. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

The introduction of a nationwide ban on smoky coal has been delayed because of the threat of legal action by coal firms and the need to have a “legall(...)

In 2010, young people in Ireland were the biggest users of head shop drugs in Europe, with 7 per cent admitting to using the substances within the last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There was a significant and immediate reduction in admissions to psychiatric facilities after the strict laws banning head shop drugs were introduced,(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris announced via a tweet last April that any woman who wanted a free out-of-cycle smear test could avail of one. Photograph: Alan Betson

In October 2008 the then minister for health, Mary Harney, found herself explaining in the Dáil questions how American laboratories had to be drafted (...)

Lorna Jennings leads Hanover’s Dublin office

London-headquartered public relations agency Hanover, which has a presence in Dublin, has been acquired by Canadian group Avenir Global for an undiscl(...)

A TCD Hist member speaking on the opposition side against the motion 'This House Would Vote for Mitt Romney to be the next President of the United States of America'. File photograph: Alan Betson

Much of what passes for debate nowadays is characterised by individuals with scant knowledge of what they are talking about, pouring forth ill-digeste(...)

Independent MPs and former Tory party members, Heidi Allen (left), Anna Soubry (centre) and Sarah Wollaston. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

I have quoted here before the adage from a former boss of mine, the polite version of which goes “sometimes there is so much dirt in the political pip(...)

A view of the construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan

1993: A single, tertiary children’s hospital for Dublin is proposed by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It recommended the centre be built (...)

Fáilte Ireland will take a fresh swing at the lucrative golf tourism market in 2019 as part of preparations to offset the impact of Brexit

The Government is willing to see the Brexit deal re-opened if the United Kingdom wants to stay in a permanent customs union with the EU or allows for (...)

Brindley Healthcare board member: former tánaiste and minister for health Mary Harney.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former tánaiste and minister for health Mary Harney has joined the board of nursing home group Brindley Healthcare. Ms Harney was introduced to Brin(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: Mr Howlin says both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are “chameleons” who will change their polices to get into power. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil has a policy platform that is more in line with what Labour wants to achieve if it re-enters government than Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Fine(...)

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