Category: Health


Food, health, and climate policy post-COVID-19

Tom Arnold 26/05/2020

As countries emerge from the worst ravages of Covid-19, governments face crucial decisions on balancing the health of citizens with the re-opening of economies.  A particular challenge is finding the best combination of short term measures to get people back to work and policies to address the longer term challenges of climate change and …



The Future of the Irish Healthcare System

Kirsty Doyle 03/05/2020

On the 24 March 2020, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that private hospitals would operate as public during the COVID-19 Emergency. This measure was …

Privatisation, Precarity and Pandemic

Nick O'Neill 28/04/2020

“Minister ‘ashamed’ at waiting list for home help hours”“Body of pensioner lay undiscovered in house”“Home helps to ballot for strike …

Health Budget Fictions

Patrick Kinsella 22/05/2019

The new chief of the HSE has made cost-containment his top priority. Taking office in mid-May, Paul Reid’s first act was to order senior health …

Facing difficult choices: precarious workers' access to healthcare in Ireland

Sinead Pembroke 21/03/2018

Imagine you have an excruciating backache that won’t go away. What if you have a virus that you need a prescription of anti-biotics to cure? Or …

There is no “value for money” in giving away public assets for nothing

Paul Sweeney 23/04/2017

The Minister for Health Simon Harris insists that “his ‘golden share’ in the new €300 million State-funded national maternity hospital means …

The Interesting Story on Irish People’s Health and Habits.

Paul Sweeney 02/11/2016

Paul Sweeney: Did you know that 23% of Irish people still smoke, in spite of the ultra clear evidence that it is deadly? More men (26%) than women …

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