Dr Peter Boylan on Sisters of Charity withdrawal ‘It’s a very positive development… The Sisters deserve a huge amount of credit.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Has it really been only five weeks or so since former master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Peter Boylan, appeared on Morning Ireland, igniting one of the most intense debates of the year so far? His contribution, where he expressed dismay at the involvement of the Religious Sisters of Charity in the new National Maternity Hospital, caused quite a …

Dr Henry Marsh ‘Brain surgery is bomb disposal work for cowards’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Not many of us like to talk about death. Fewer still will actually prepare for it in any meaningful way. Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has taken the unusual steps of preparing for his own with a home “suicide kit”, complete with a few lethal drugs he has acquired over the years. As Dr Marsh told Ryan Tubridy on Tuesday, a lifetime …

Prof Michael O'Keeffe, on retirement at 65‘I’m better at what I do now than I was fifteen, twenty years ago.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Have you ever wondered why the retirement in so many countries across the Western world is set at 65? It seems an arbitrary age, particularly in the 21st-century, when most 65-year-olds are as fit and feisty as a 40-year-old would have been, half a century ago. It all goes back to Otto von Bismarck, who first proposed the idea in …

Medicinal and recreational cannabis‘My leaving cert, the English paper 2… I was stoned, and I got an A in it.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Cannabis has been around as a recreational drug for a long, long time. And across the world, in many languages, there are more euphemisms for the drug than you could shake a stick at. Increasingly of late, many people believe in using cannabis extracts for genuine, medical reasons. And earlier this month, the Dáil passed a bill to make cannabis …