Mary Harney

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In all the justifiable outrage about the  failures of the State’s cervical cancer screening programme brought to light by Vicky Phelan’s legal action, we must not lose sight of the brutal truth that unnecessary death is a systemic question. Photograph: Collins Courts

Karl Marx famously claimed that everything in history happens twice – the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. But when it comes to women’(...)

Rebecca O’Malley and Karl Henry, whose wife Anne Moriarty died after a cancer misdiagnosis, on their way to meet then minister for health Mary Harney in 2008. File photograph: Frank Miller

Rebecca O’Malley, the woman at the centre of a major breast cancer diagnosis scandal several years ago, has expressed shock at the current cervical ca(...)

The precarious overcrowding of 1997 has alleviated, down from almost 800 prisoners then to 650 now.

Not long after it was first broadcast, in 1997, the four-part documentary The Joy received a fascinating review from an unlikely quarter. “We didn’t n(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Berlin last week. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Of all the Brexit-inspired mantras that government ministers have learned to repeat with robotic consistency, one in particular – that Ireland’s desti(...)

Donald Trump and Leo Varadkar: the Taoiseach speaks for a country that is being forced to think deeply about its place in the world. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Leo Varadkar does not often give set-piece speeches about Irish public values. Perhaps it is just as well. Last Wednesday he gave one in Washington D(...)

The INMO said there were 13 children on trolleys waiting for a bed. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The number of people on trolleys in emergency departments and on wards awaiting admission to a hospital bed has fallen to 585 on Wednesday. This is d(...)

File photograph: iStock

Exactly seven years ago this weekend, The Irish Times reported: “Waiting times for patients attending emergency departments in many hospitals earlier (...)

Former tánaiste Mary Harney has been appointed as chancellor of University of Limerick.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former tánaiste Mary Harney has been appointed as chancellor of the University of Limerick. Ms Harney, who retired from politics in 2011 and is now d(...)

Regular cancellations of elective surgeries and other treatments mean a greater number of people present to emergency departments as their untreated illness worsens. Photograph: The Irish Times

The more things change, the more things stay the same. So it is with our chronically ailing health service. Except for one important point: the number(...)

Simon Harris:  “The Government’s view is that €55 or €60 to bring your child to see the doctor is too expensive.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There comes a time in the tenure of most Ministers for Health when the ambitious reform plans with which they usually start off in office have to over(...)

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