Frank Murray

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Frank Murray, who managed the Pogues for many years, has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 66. He always claimed it was his suggestion t(...)

How do you solve a problem like the Minister? “Everyone is convinced that Shane wants to get himself fired.” Photograph: Alan Betson

For a confident, ambitious man who likes a lot of attention and the sound of his own voice, the job of government minister must seem very attractive. (...)

Politicians of all parties are aware of the damage being caused by alcohol abuse to society. They see it in their communities, at weekly clinics, in t(...)

The Government has deferred a Bill to curb alcohol abuse until after Christmas. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Prof Frank Murray, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, has said the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill should go through as quickly as (...)

US Vice President Biden enjoys a round of golf , with the taoiseach Enda Kenny, at Castlebar Golf Club, in Mayo. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Psst! Here’s a secret: US vice-president Joe Biden and Taoiseach Enda Kenny scored a draw in a game of golf in Co Mayo. If you are member of Castleba(...)

Dr Aoibhlinn O’Toole is a consultant gastroenterologist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What attracted me to gastroenterology as a specialty was the wide range of diseases that present to us, from acute emergencies to the management of ch(...)

As a result of changes in the British alcohol guidelines, men in the Republic can drink three pints a week more than their counterparts in the North and still be considered at “low risk” of harm from alcohol.  File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Recommended drinking limits for British men have been sharply reduced, prompting health campaigners in Ireland to demand a similar reduction. As a r(...)

Thin Lizzy: Phil Lynott at the Hammersmith Odeon, in London, in 1976. Photograph: Erica Echenberg/Redferns

‘I grew up in a small town called Ballyclare, in Co Antrim,” says Andy Cairns, the lead singer with Therapy?, one of Ireland’s most resilient rock ban(...)

Accounts of damage caused by flooding dominated the airwaves: The river Suck at Ballinasloe after Storm Desmond hit the area over last weekend. Photograph: Airman Jamie Martin/Air Corps/PA

Bemoaning seasonal excess is practically compulsory at this time of year, but there has been real anguish on the airwaves this week about current sur(...)

Gardaí excavating a site in Co Monaghan as part of the search for the body of Columba McVeigh. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is just an entry in a diary, a memory written 40 years ago by a young woman who had left her brother to a bus stop, shortly after she had brought h(...)

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