IN THIS WEEK’S IRISH POST (Out now)
Ireland’s health service will be as good as the NHS by 2018.
Irish Health Minister James Reilly promises that there will be “very little difference” between the NHS and its Irish equivalent in five years’ time.
The minister was responding to claims that the Irish in Britain are deterred from returning home by the fear that their healthcare will suffer as a result.
Fears unfounded as parade passes off without incident
The Liverpool St Patrick’s Day parade organised by republican group Cairde Na h Éireann passed off without incident despite fears it would be targeted by far-right groups.
Reporting from Merseyside, Robert Mulhern talks to the parade’s organisers and sources in Merseyside Police about why this weekend’s celebration did not see a repeat of the 2012 violence.
Liverpool’s new Police and Crime Commissioner also tells Fiona Audley that there is no room for anti-Irish racism in the city.
‘Ireland was not the place to be a young gay man’
Ahead of discussions whether Ireland should legislate for gay marriage, we speak to three gay people whose sexuality pushed them out of the country.
Second-generation Irish at greater risk of suffering mental health problems
Research claims that second-generation Irish people are at a greater risk of suffering from depression than the rest of the population.
Benefits reforms leading to huge suffering in the Irish community
Luton Irish Forum warns that benefit reforms for people with a long-term illness or disability could be causing vulnerable Irish people to fall into destitution without even knowing it.