Landmark Bill aims to curb excessive drinking

Landmark Bill aims to curb excessive drinking

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill aimed at reducing alcohol consumption was finally passed last week, more than 1000 days after it was introduced in parliament. It will allow for a series of changes to be implemented nationwide, including minimum pricing per unit of...
Could DNA tests solve Kerry Babies investigation?

Could DNA tests solve Kerry Babies investigation?

Gardaí have taken a number of DNA samples in a bid to track down the family of murdered Baby John who was found on a Kerry beach 34 years ago. DNA testing is a key focus of the investigation and around 20 officers have descended on Valentia Island. Apparently, there...
Ireland’s first drug injection centre still on course

Ireland’s first drug injection centre still on course

A planning application for Ireland’s first drug injection centre will be made before the end of the month, according to Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI). The charity, which provides vital support to people who are homeless, hungry and use drugs, won the tender 6 months...
DNA tests prove Catholic priests fathered children

DNA tests prove Catholic priests fathered children

During his 2-day visit to Ireland, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, apologised for the sexual abuse by representatives of his church to thousands of people gathered at Phoenix Park in Dublin. “We ask forgiveness for the abuses in Ireland”, he told the...
No safe level of alcohol consumption

No safe level of alcohol consumption

The ongoing debates into moderate drinking versus health risks have once again hit the headlines as a new study claims there is no safe level of alcohol use. The research shows that almost 3 million deaths worldwide were attributed to alcohol use in 2016, including...
Men demanding paternity tests deemed ‘unfair’

Men demanding paternity tests deemed ‘unfair’

An Ennis judge has said that men questioning the paternity of babies and demanding DNA tests “is an unfair weapon to pull out” in child maintenance cases. Judge Patrick Durcan made his comment in the Family Law Court where a man has stopped paying maintenance for a...
New drink-drive law could result in instant ban

New drink-drive law could result in instant ban

Despite taking more than 30 hours to pass through the Dáil amid chaotic scenes and accusations of filibustering which were levelled at TDs in the Rural Independent grouping, the Road Traffic Amendment bill will now go to President Michael D. Higgins for consideration....
Awareness campaign aims to reduce cocaine harm

Awareness campaign aims to reduce cocaine harm

An upward trend in cocaine use and cocaine-associated deaths has spurred a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using cocaine (powder and crack), and how to reduce the harms associated with snorting, smoking or injecting the drug. Developed by the Ana...
Babies born with drug addiction need specialist help

Babies born with drug addiction need specialist help

A total of 76 newborn babies with drug addiction withdrawal symptoms were recorded last year in Ireland. Half of these discharges were from Dublin hospitals. There are currently three drug liaison midwives within the Dublin area, attached to each of the maternity...