Tag Archives: health



The Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, North Great Charles Street Dublin 1

John Connors, Christy Moore and Bressie helped launch a position paper on Traveller Men’s Health. Research shows that men in the Travelling community suffer more from depression, low self-esteem and discrimination.

The Pavee Point organisation wants a national strategy to address the suicide rate among the male Travelling community, which is almost seven times the national average.

Research published a decade ago showed Traveller men’s lives were 15 years shorter that the overall male population in Ireland. Pavee Point says there is nothing to suggest that has changed.

Call for strategy to address male Traveller mental health (RTÉ)


The Traveller advocacy group Pavee Point has welcomed the news that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has resolved to support the recognition of Traveller ethnicity.

Mr Kenny said on Wednesday that the Government would begin taking steps towards the recognition of Traveller ethnicity in the new year.

The Taoiseach said he had asked Minister of State at the Department of Justice David Stanton to prepare a report for the social affairs committee on the question of recognising Traveller ethnicity. The report is expected in a few weeks.

In fairness.

Pavee Point welcomes recognition of Traveller ethnicity (irish Times)


90069420Jim Wells MLA

Behold the new NI Minister for Health Jim Wells.

He replaces Edwin Poots.

What can we expect?

Jim pictured with Bernie Smyth of Precious Life [above] in their efforts to stop the Marie Stopes clinic performing abortions in NI.

What could possibly go wrong?

Previously: Some Men’s True Hate

Love Them Both

Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland


Office Posture Matters: An Animated Guide by animators Flikli was made:

…to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a good posture and staying mobile in the office after realizing just how much time we spend sitting down illustrating, animating, and the rest.



A sobering and effective split-screen PSA from the Heart And Stroke Foundation of Canada.

If you’d prefer the happy version, just cover the right hand side of the video with your liver-spotted claw. Or the edge of a fag box, or a slab of ‘deli-style’ ham.


(Above: part of a consignment of illegal but still relatively attractive tabs seized at Dublin Port last year)

Minister of State for primary care Alex White yesterday described the tobacco industry as a very powerful lobby that had to be challenged.

Mr White dismissed the industry’s argument that raising excise duty on cigarettes encouraged smuggling as “sometimes self-serving”.

Cigarette packets must carry graphic photographs highlighting the dangers of smoking from next month, he said.

“These packs will appear in our shops from February 1st . . . and will assist in making the packaging of cigarettes, as it were, less glamorous and attractive.”

Well that’s just ridic…hack! cough! harrumph!

Never mind.

Tobacco lobby ‘has to be taken on’ (Mary Minihan, Irish Times)

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)