Putting public health first

Michael Conaghan, Lord Mayor of Dublin, started it. Taking his role as first citizen of Dublin seriously, and anxious that Dubliners would have a more enjoyable St Patrick's Day this year than over the last two years, he suggested that off-licences in the capital stay closed until 6pm on the big day. It was a modest request and would have effectively met its objective of giving us a more pleasant atmosphere in the city centre for the festivities. He was supported by a wide variety of groups and, if his request was put to the people, I believe a large majority would have agreed.

A story of incompetence and cowardice

On Monday 18 November 2002 Ivor Callely, the Minister for State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for old people's issues, spoke at the launch of a report on what was called "Elder Abuse". He said it was a "momentous" day for the older people of the country. They were being given a blueprint to deal with "the scourge" of elder abuse. He said abuse could come in many ways, physical, psychological and financial.

New pathologist missed infant's multiple fractures

In his previous employment as a pathologist in Northern Ireland, the Republic's new Assistant State Pathologist was cleared of serious professional misconduct after he gave x-rays only a "cursory glance". His behaviour was described as"unprofessional", Emma Browne reports

Children in Chaos

Remand centres are being used to deal with children who have behavioural problems because there is nowhere else to put them

AIDS in Ireland

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The AIDS virus is now being passed around among Irish people and the disease is following a pattern similar to that followed in other countries. MARK BRENNOCK reports.

Death on the Waiting List

In the last issue of Magill, we highlighted the case of Marie Flannery, a young woman in her early thirties who was on the waiting list for an urgent heart operation for sixteen months. We said that cutbacks were making the health service dangerous. Five days later Marie Flannery died of a heart attack. Mary Jane O'Brien reports.