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Homophobia rife in Ireland, says broadcaster Courtney

Homophobia continues to “run rife” in Ireland, according to broadcaster and fashion designer, Brendan Courtney.

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12% who witnessed abuse of vulnerable adult did nothing

One in eight people who witnessed the abuse of a vulnerable adult in the past year did nothing, it has emerged.

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Ian Bailey in a 'living nightmare' and will not attend 'show trial' in France, says his solicitor

Ian Bailey's solicitor, Frank Buttimer, has said Mr Bailey will not be attending the trial in France for Sophie Du Plantier's murder.

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HSE: 58 cases of measles so far this year

Two more cases were reported to the HPSC in the past week – one from the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the other from the Southern Health Board.

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Cancer trial cutbacks depriving people of chance to live

More people who have cancer are asking about medical trials at a time when cutbacks are reducing the availability of potentially breakthrough treatments.

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Survey shows 'concerning' level of teen alcohol consumption

A worryingly high level of alcohol consumption among Irish teenagers is highlighted in an extensive lifestyle survey.

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Social housing body says state land urgently needed to 'maximise' development capacity

The ICSH has called for the immediate publication of the bill to establish the Land Development Agency launched by the Government last September to develop state ...

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Patients association calls for 'equity of access to healthcare'

Access to health services based on need should be a constitutional right, the Irish Patients' Association has urged.

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Campaign launched to encourage parents to swap junk food for healthy options

A new campaign is encouraging parents to swap treats for something a little healthier as research reveals that they have become everyday staples for children.

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Enterprising students get off on right foot by clinching top award

Students from Boherbue Comprehensive School in Mallow, North Cork, strode away with the top award in the Student Enterprise Programme.

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Programme reveals surge in numbers of doctors suffering with mental health problems

A doctor who sought help from a support programme for health professionals with mental health or addiction issues had not slept for 10 days, was not eating, and ...

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Three of four mental health centres inspected failed to reach 'acceptable standards'

Three out of four mental health centres inspected failed to reach acceptable standards of cleanliness and maintenance, the inspector of mental health services has ...

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Family consent rates must be focus when providing opt-out system of organ donation, say IKA

The focus must be on improving rates of family consent when providing an opt-out system of organ donation, the Irish Kidney Association has urged.

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New meningitis vaccine after recent spike in cases

A new meningitis vaccine is being introduced in Ireland following a recent spike in cases of a particularly deadly type of meningococcal disease.

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Kelly: HSE recruitment freeze having detrimental impact on those offered jobs

A recruitment freeze imposed by the HSE is having a “detrimental” impact on those already offered jobs by the health authority, according to Labour's ...

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€3m in unpaid wages recovered by work relations body in 2018

Over €3m in unpaid wages was recovered last year by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

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CSO: More than 137,000 earn the minimum wage

There were 24,500 people earning less than the minimum wage at the end of last year, according to the Central Statistics Office.

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Trade union calls for public servant status for SCP

Trade union Fórsa says staff employed by Ireland's School Completion Programme should be given the same employment status as other public servants.

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Time for 'inequality and exclusion' to end, Fórsa says

Schools are effectively teaching children that “it's OK to disrespect and discriminate” by continuing to unfairly treat its non-teaching staff, according ...

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Fórsa seeks to professionalise SNA role

A voluntary national training programme for special needs assistants is to be introduced, trade union Fórsa has confirmed.

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Public consultation on HIV prevention strategy using PrEP launched by HIQA

A HIV prevention strategy using “a highly effective drug “ would ward off around 173 infections over the first five years of the programme, according ...

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All-Ireland medal winner adds Texaco Children's Art Competition to achievements

A teenager who already has her sporting skills down to a fine art is this year's overall winner of the 65th Texaco Children's Art Competition.

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Public/private cancer drugs row: Cancer drugs for 'several new clinical indications' being covered by VHI

Cancer drugs for “several new clinical indications” are now being covered by the VHI, the private health insurer has confirmed.

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Legislation allowing judges set guidelines on personal injury awards to be in place by summer, minister says

Legislation allowing judges set guidelines on personal injury awards in line with other countries should be in place by the summer, the minister in charge of insurance ...

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Children still being placed in adult psych unit

The controversial placing of children in an adult psychiatric unit at University Hospital Limerick is continuing despite the practice being condemned by the Mental ...

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Franciscan order leaving historic Waterford home

Members of the Franciscan order are leaving their historic Waterford home.

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Almost two-thirds of doctors on medical register hold qualification from outside Ireland

Almost two-thirds of doctors entered on the medical register for the first time last year had qualified outside of Ireland, it has emerged.

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3,000 doctors voluntarily withdraw from medical register in two years

More than a third (37%) left to move to Britain to practise medicine, while almost one in five (19%) went to Australia and more than a quarter (27%) to another jurisdiction, ...

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Trinity seeks to admit fees-free direct provision students

Trinity College Dublin is looking for a way to admit, free of any fees, students living in direct provision.

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Only one in three believe lower personal injury awards will result in lower premiums

Research presented at a conference held by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board also found that 82% believe there is a compensation culture in Ireland.

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'Something really has to be done' - Former High Court president speaks out against compensation culture

Former High Court president, Nicholas Kearns, is chair of the Personal Injuries Commission which has found that personal injury payouts here are 4.4 times higher ...

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Ireland ready ‘to meet medicinal needs’ post-Brexit

Ireland’s health system is “well placed” to anticipate and respond to medicine supply challenges caused by Brexit, according to a Government statement. ...

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Free GP care for under-12s as part of €210m deal

The Irish Medical Organisation has announced a €210m Government deal for general practice after long-running talks with the Department of Health.

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'In a lot of respects, I didn't exist' - former rough sleeper says An Post address would have given him an identity

Derek McGuire, a former rough sleeper, says the free personal address offered by An Post would have helped him recover his sense of identity.

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Trolley crisis: 'You’ve elderly people in there and they have no dignity'

Chronic overcrowding continued across the country’s hospitals as 531 admitted patients languished on trolleys in emergency departments and wards today.

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HSE 'trawling the world' to find extra screening capacity for cervical smears, committee told

The health authority's national director of screening services, Damien McCallion, said there is currently a backlog of 79,500 slides, with some samples taking up ...

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Serious shortcomings found in care provided by Tipperary HSE-run home

Serious shortcomings in the quality and safety of care provided by a Tipperary-based HSE-run home for people with an intellectual disability have been found by the ...

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HSE spent €1.2bn on biologic medicines

More than €1.2bn has been spent by the HSE in reimbursing biologic medicines over the last three years with just over €2.2m spent on more affordable biosimilar ...

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HSE spend over €1 billion reimbursing biologic medicines over the last three years

More than €1.2 billion has been spent by the HSE in reimbursing biologic medicines over the last three years with just over €2.2m on more affordable biosimilar ...

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Samaritans answer 2.9m calls since 2014; charity to play crucial role in new mental help phone service

The Samaritans will play a crucial role in the development of a national telephone service that will direct callers to the most suitable mental health service.

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Understaffing affecting post-natal care for mothers

Evelyn Ring Post-natal care for mothers in the country’s maternity hospitals is not up to standard because of staff shortages, a maternity care expert has ...

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Post natal care not up to standard, expert claims

Post-natal care for mothers in the country's maternity hospitals is not up to standard because of staff shortages, a maternity care expert has claimed.

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Regular cleaning was not taking place in Cork nursing home

A nursing home assisting people with dementia in Cobh, Co Cork, was dirty when inspectors from the States's health services watchdog paid a visit.

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No plans to increase number of Sexual Assault Treatment Centres says Health Minister

There are no plans to increase the number of sexual assault treatment units across the country, Health Minister, Simon Harris has said.

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Review to be carried out into deaths of mother and baby in Cork hospital

An independent review will be carried out into the death of Limerick mother of three, Marie Downey, and her newborn son this week at Cork University Hospital, Health ...

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Police and enforcement strategy needed to disrupt commercial sex industry, campaign group says

A police and enforcement strategy aimed at prosecuting pimps, brothel owners and those who buy sex and brothel owners is needed to disrupt the commercial sex industry ...

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Father of girl killed in crash describes 'sickening' Snapchat videos made beforehand

The father of a girl killed in a car crash has described Snapchat videos made just before the fatal accident as “absolutely sickening.”

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Cork student urges families to have organ donor conversation after getting 'a new life'

“I get up at 7.30am every morning and work down on the family farm and I keep going until ten at night, no problem.”

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Warning ahead of Labour Court recommendation

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is poised to take further strike action if they are unhappy with the Labour Court’s imminent recommendation on a ...

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'I almost ended up on her lap': Supervet describes awkward encounter with Queen

Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick's meeting with the Queen on her birthday turned out to be more than a bit awkward, not just because he had a broken leg.

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