Drug mules warned after latest death

Drug mules warned after latest death

A coroner has warned drug mules that they are playing Russian roulette after a Brazilian man suffered a painful death when one of the cocaine pellets he had ingested burst on a flight from Lisbon to Dublin. The 24-year-old was reported to be carrying 1 kg of cocaine...
Prisoners more prone to drug use

Prisoners more prone to drug use

Rates of substance misuse, psychosis and homelessness are significantly higher among Irish prisoners than among the general population. According to researchers at the University of Limerick, half of the prison population have an alcohol or drug disorder. The...
Impact of heavy drinking on others revealed

Impact of heavy drinking on others revealed

The substantial impact that heavy drinking has on family, friends, colleagues and strangers, as well as the financial burden, has been highlighted in a landmark study published this month. The untold story: harms experienced in the Irish population due to others’...
Alcohol test in pregnancy could reduce risk to babies

Alcohol test in pregnancy could reduce risk to babies

A proposal calling for alcohol testing during pregnancy has been passed at the Irish Medical Organisation’s (IMO) annual conference. The measure was proposed by a public health specialist and is designed to reduce the incidences of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders...
Storm in a wine cup

Storm in a wine cup

Whilst most of Europe was hunkering down from Storm Emma, the Irish were boosting the country’s alcohol sales. It’s been revealed that €2.6 million was spent on wine while the Beast from the East gripped the country. Retailers enjoyed a windfall as consumers flocked...
Dismay as drug prevention service closes

Dismay as drug prevention service closes

An award-winning national drug prevention and advisory service is closing after a constant battle for funding and at a time when teenagers as young as 14 are using heroin, says its founder. Marie Byrne says the national Aisling Group charity in Navan, County Meath, is...
Blackberry Baby finds father thanks to 30-year-old DNA

Blackberry Baby finds father thanks to 30-year-old DNA

The mystery of Britain’s most famous abandoned baby has been solved after 80 years. Anthea Ring, who was abandoned under a blackberry bush as a baby, has discovered the identity of her biological father from saliva on a postage stamp. As a baby, Mrs Ring was...
DNA exploited to increase dairy yield

DNA exploited to increase dairy yield

Ireland’s beef and dairy cattle industries have achieved impressive rates of genetic gain over the past 20 years thanks to a system that rewards producers financially for recording animal data on a national database. The National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC) was...
EU says alcohol bill will violate treaty

EU says alcohol bill will violate treaty

Ireland has been warned by 14 member states that its Public Health (Alcohol) Bill may be found in breach of EU law. Debated in the Dáil last month, the Bill proposes rules on advertising, labelling and minimum pricing, defined at 10 cents per gram of alcohol. As such,...