the sunday times

Highlights include four front page news stories, a Culture Magazine cover story (an interview with Dara Ó Briain), three full-page news focuses (on pollinator decline, superbugs and organ donation) and three back page news stories. 

 Experience in the Sunday Times newsroom     Front page articles

.

talking…

.

.

highlights…

.

[ENVIRONMENT] IRELAND’S PLAN BEE

 ♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 27 September 2015    ♦ News Focus     Page 12    ♦ 1,615 words  

The Traas family moved from the Netherlands to Ireland in the late 1960s to grow fruit. Now, Con Traas is reliant on wild bees so that he can harvest his crops every autumn. His orchards are full of apple, plum and cherry trees. He “would have close to nothing without pollinating insects”…

[HEALTH] SICK OF HOSPITALS (PDF)

 ♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 22 June 2014    ♦ FRONT PAGE & News Focus Page 10    ♦ 1,964 words  

Aisling McNiffe’s son, Jack, spent most of the first three years of his life in hospital. He was born with Down’s syndrome and later diagnosed with an extremely rare condition, CINCA syndrome. During his prolonged stay in Crumlin children’s hospital in Dublin, Jack picked up four different superbugs…

[HEALTH] One in three young medics ‘will refuse to do abortions’

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 25 August 2013    ♦ News    ♦ FRONT PAGE    ♦ 513 words

ALMOST one in three Irish medical students would not terminate pregnancies even if legally permitted to do so, according to new research. Of 169 graduate medical students surveyed by University of Limerick in 2012, 18.9% described themselves as being moderately or strongly pro-life, while…

[SCIENCE] Commercial research ‘like herding cats’

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 18 August 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 775 words

THE state’s chief scientific adviser says scientists must be encouraged to research areas of “strategic importance” to Ireland but that directing them towards areas with commercial impact is like herding cats. Mark Ferguson told a conference in NUI Galway in May: “It’s very difficult to herd…

[SCIENCE] Ó Einstein? That’s a joke

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 21 July 2013    ♦ News    ♦ CULTURE COVER    ♦ 1,395 words


You’ll have heard the one about the stand-up comedian who studied theoretical physics and maths in University College Dublin. His name is Dara Ó Briain. It’s a punchline with a happy ending, because these days the funny man/bright boy from Bray, Co Wicklow, gets to do both slapstick and…

.

stories…

.

[ENVIRONMENT] IRELAND’S PLAN BEE

 ♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 27 September 2015    ♦ News Focus     Page 12    ♦ 1,615 words

The Traas family moved from the Netherlands to Ireland in the late 1960s to grow fruit. Now, Con Traas is reliant on wild bees so that he can harvest his crops every autumn. His orchards are full of apple, plum and cherry trees. He “would have close to nothing without pollinating insects”…

[HEALTH] Epilepsy mother backs drug curb

♦ Maria Delaney     ♦ 09 November 2014    ♦ News     ♦ Page 4      ♦ 480 words

INCREASED restrictions on a drug used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraines have been recommended by a European Medicines Agency (EMA) committee. The recommendations follow recent studies on sodium valproate, which showed a 30%-40% risk…

[SCIENCE] Badger culling a decade ago ‘still reducing risk of bovine TB’

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 02 November 2014     ♦ News     ♦ Page 10    ♦ 493 words

SEVERAL areas that were the subject of intensive culling of badgers more than a decade ago continue to have lower levels of TB in cattle. Badgers in four specific areas in Ireland were culled as part of a project from 1997 to 2002. It found a significant…

[ENVIRONMENT] Seaweed ‘invasion’ is a threat to shellfish beds

♦ Maria Delaney   ♦ 20 October 2014    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 549 words

AN INVASIVE species that could threaten the marine economy has been discovered in Ireland for the first time. Japanese kelp was recently found in Carlingford Lough, according to the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC), and could pose an economic threat due to…

[HEALTH] GPs demand ebola-prevention kit

 ♦ Maria Delaney and Mark Tighe   ♦ 17 August 2014    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 448 words  

DOCTORS have expressed concern that many GP surgeries have not been given equipment recommended by the Health Service Executive when treating a suspected ebola patient. Guidance for “emerging viral threats”, including ebola, avian flu and Middle East respiratory…

[EDUCATION] Campus rooms reserved for A1s

 ♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 17 August 2014    ♦ News    ♦ Page 3    ♦ 407 words  

UNIVERSITIES are giving preference to students achieving higher Central Applications Office (CAO) points when allocating campus accommodation. The National Parents’ Council has criticised the development, claiming it is increasing the pressure on students…

[SCIENCE] Science boffins fail Irish uni quiz

 ♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 29 June 2014    ♦ News    ♦ Page 3    ♦ 254 words  

ONLY one in three (37%) of delegates surveyed at Europe’s largest science conference last week knew the exact name of an Irish university. A further third of the delegates (34%) did not know the correct name of a university but came close, being able to identify cities…

[HEALTH] Hospitals fail to stem superbugs

 ♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 22 June 2014    ♦ News    ♦ FRONT PAGE    ♦ 412 words  

IRISH hospitals are failing to comply with healthcare guidelines for the prevention and control of superbugs, according to a survey of 20 medical centres. Two years ago, Irish hospitals were given guidelines to control the growing number of bacteria, other than than MRSA…

[HEALTH] SICK OF HOSPITALS

 ♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 22 June 2014    ♦ News Focus    ♦ Page 10    ♦ 1,964 words  

Aisling McNiffe’s son, Jack, spent most of the first three years of his life in hospital. He was born with Down’s syndrome and later diagnosed with an extremely rare condition, CINCA syndrome. During his prolonged stay in Crumlin children’s hospital in Dublin, Jack picked up four different superbugs…

[ENVIRONMENT] Expert warns Dublin’s water crisis will recur

 ♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 03 November 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 8    ♦ 358 words  

PROBLEMS at the Ballymore Eustace water treatment plant that have caused water shortages in Dublin are “inevitable” and “will probably happen again”, warns an Irish expert. Professor Nick Gray, an environmental scientist at Trinity College Dublin, said the Kildare plant…

[SCIENCE] Insects a net contributor to land economy

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 20 October 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 5    ♦ 449 words  

Insects are contributing almost €4m a year to the Irish economy by pollinating oilseed rape and increasing the crop’s yield, according to a new study. Dara Stanley, a researcher on the Trinity College Dublin study, said that even though oilseed rape can be pollinated without insects, they…

[HEALTH] Cervical cancer on rise in Ireland

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 20 October 2013    ♦ News    ♦ FRONT PAGE    ♦ 475 words  

The rate of cervical cancer is on the increase in Ireland, with the disease occurring more frequently here than in the UK, according to the National Cancer Registry’s latest study. While the incidence of cancer fell in the UK between 1994 and 2008, there was a rise here. A change in sexual…

[SCIENCE] ‘Wonder treatment’ for plants loses key backing

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 01 September 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 9    ♦ 500 words 

VI-AQUA, an Irish product heralded “as possibly the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough”, has lost key endorsements. Vi-Aqua is a water-treatment system that it is claimed acts as an ecofriendly alternative to fertiliser. It is attached to a water source such as a hose and…

[POLITICS] Ministers bypass debate to rubber-stamp EU directives

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 01 September 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 528 words 

MORE than 1m words of EU regulation have been signed into law by the current government with little or no debate by the Oireachtas. Ministers have signed 442 statutory instruments implementing EU directives and regulations since coming into power in March 2011. The ministers used their powers…

[HEALTH] One in three young medics ‘will refuse to do abortions’

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 25 August 2013    ♦ News    ♦ FRONT PAGE    ♦ 513 words

ALMOST one in three Irish medical students would not terminate pregnancies even if legally permitted to do so, according to new research. Of 169 graduate medical students surveyed by University of Limerick in 2012, 18.9% described themselves as being moderately or strongly pro-life, while…

[ENVIRONMENT] One summer, the swallow won’t make it

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 25 August 2013    ♦ News    ♦ BACK PAGE    ♦ 539 words

CLIMATE change appears to be driving cuckoos and swallows towards the northwest and could lead to their disappearance from Ireland. The stark finding is contained in a landmark survey completed for a bird atlas published every 20 years. Brian Caffrey, Irish Bird Atlas coordinator for the…

[HEALTH] Child vaccine targets missed

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 18 August 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 8    ♦ 313 words

THE Health Service Executive failed to meet its childhood immunisation targets during the first three months of this year, with only one in four areas meeting its target. Under the HSE’s national programme, 95% of babies should receive jabs, but figures show that this target is not being…

[SCIENCE] Commercial research ‘like herding cats’

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 18 August 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 775 words

THE state’s chief scientific adviser says scientists must be encouraged to research areas of “strategic importance” to Ireland but that directing them towards areas with commercial impact is like herding cats. Mark Ferguson told a conference in NUI Galway in May: “It’s very difficult to herd…

[HEALTH] Your country needs…your organs

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 11 August 2013    ♦ News Focus    ♦ Page 8    ♦ 1,872 words

Waiting for a lung transplant is tougher than doing a full-time job. Michael Collins wakes up at 5.30am each day to begin the intensive regime of medication, physiotherapy and exercise that is keeping him alive. The 44-year-old was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was 17, but has been…

[POLITICS] Calls grow for new centre-left party

♦ Sarah McInerney and Maria Delaney    ♦ 04 August 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 677 words

A group of rebel Labour TDs and independents are considering establishing a new social democratic party to contest next year’s local elections. It is understood that Róisín Shortall, a former junior minister, and Colm Keaveney, former chairman of the Labour party, are among those interested…

[HEALTH] Halappanavar superbug one of 11 on rise

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 04 August 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 507 words

Infections caused by ESBL, the bacteria that led to Savita Halappanavar’s fatal septicaemia, are at an all-time high in Ireland. It is one of a new class of 11 antibiotic-evading superbugs leading to record numbers of infections. While MRSA rates are going down across Europe, other resistant…

[HEALTH] Toddler bug jab gets thumbs-up

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 28 July 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 6    ♦ 299 words

A VACCINE that reduces the number of babies hospitalised with gastroenteritis may be introduced to Ireland following a positive evaluation of its economic benefits. The National Centre of Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) evaluated the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine into the national…

[ENVIRONMENT] Open season on councillor over raptors

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 28 July 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 736 words

CONSERVATION groups in Ireland and Britain have called for a councillor’s resignation after he asked for open season to be declared on hen harriers, a rare bird of prey. John Sheahan, the newly elected cathaoirleach of Limerick county council, made the remark in an interview with the Limerick…

[ENVIRONMENT] Heat revives battered bees

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 28 July 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 465 words

THE heatwave has created a buzz in the insect world, with beekeepers across Ireland reporting increased numbers. One hive gained 13lb of honey in 24 hours, said Michael Gleeson, national secretary of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations, who added the good weather had been a…

[ENVIRONMENT] Hot spell cues quick crop

♦ Maria Delaney and Siobhán Maguire    ♦ 21 July 2013    ♦ News    ♦ BACK PAGE    ♦ 714 words

Irish farmers have been given official permission to make hay while the sun shines, Simon Coveney, the agriculture minister, moved forward the deadline for cutting traditional hay meadows by five days. The decision has been criticised by the Environmental Pillar, a lobby group representing 26…

[HEALTH] Public get say on opt-out organ donor scheme

♦ Maria Delaney   ♦ 21 July 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 504 words

THE Department of Health has launched a public consultation before it changes the current system of consent for organ donation from opt-in to opt-out. James Reilly, the health minister, has said “given the scarcity of organs available in Ireland for transplantation, it is important as a society we…

[SCIENCE] Ó Einstein? That’s a joke

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 21 July 2013    ♦ News    ♦ CULTURE COVER    ♦ 1,395 words

You’ll have heard the one about the stand-up comedian who studied theoretical physics and maths in University College Dublin. His name is Dara Ó Briain. It’s a punchline with a happy ending, because these days the funny man/bright boy from Bray, Co Wicklow, gets to do both slapstick and…

[POLITICS] Revealed: the deputies who don’t speak up in the Dail

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 14 July 2013    ♦ News    ♦ BACK PAGE    ♦ 507 words

SOME TDs in the 31st Dail are a little lost for words. A Sunday Times study has revealed that several deputies have had little to say for themselves, with Noel Coonan from Tipperary North speaking for only seven minutes since March 2011. The Fine Gael TD’s contribution mainly consisted of…

[BUSINESS] Taxi app picks up new custom

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 14 July 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 461 words

A SMARTPHONE app that has revolutionised the taxi business in Dublin, and has just been launched in Cork, is to be extended to Galway and Limerick by the end of the summer. Hailo allows smartphone users to order a cab, pay with a credit card and check the drivers in their vicinity before…

[HEALTH] State should compensate kidney donors, say campaigners

♦ Maria Delaney    ♦ 05 May 2013    ♦ News    ♦ Page 4    ♦ 551 words

KIDNEY donors in Ireland receive no compensation for lost earnings or expenses despite an EU directive calling for member states to remunerate them. Seán Hoban of Duniry, Co Galway, had to close his garage temporarily after donating a kidney to his brother Mattie last September. Recovery from…

[POLITICS] Fianna Fail rules out Sinn Fein pact

♦ Larissa Nolan and Maria Delaney    ♦ 28 April 2013    ♦ News    ♦ FRONT PAGE    ♦ 187 words

FIANNA FAIL members do not want the party to go into a coalition government with Sinn Fein, a Sunday Times survey at yesterday’s ard fheis has found. Only 7% of delegates would be happy doing business with Gerry Adams’s party, compared with 13% who would be prepared to go into government with…