Read the latest blogs from the Institute of Public Health.

The blogs provide a range of short-form reads to keep you up to date with latest news, while also providing long-form reads offering insightful analysis.

The blogs are comment and opinion from our staff, and some contributions from public health colleagues and organisations we work with. The opinions expressed by blog authors are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Institute of Public Health.

Blog: The importance of arts for older people’s health and wellbeing

In this blog, Laura McQuade from the Institute of Public Health, explores the role of the arts to support population health. Over the last number of years there has been a growing cognisance of the positive health benefits that arts and creativity programmes can have on society.1 A recent scoping report commissioned by the World…

Blog: Menthol moves on – a milestone to reducing tobacco consumption

In this blog, Olivia O’Brien, discusses a new law banning the sale of menthol tobacco products across Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Olivia is completing an internship with the Institute as part of her Masters in Public Policy at UCD. With a lot of focus on the response to Covid-19, the ban on the sale of…

Blog: Sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: covering up for cancer prevention

In this blog, Lauren Rodriguez, Public Health Development Officer with the Institute of Public Health, discusses some of the findings from a new report on children’s sun safety behaviours in Ireland. Skin Cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in Ireland, making it a major public health concern. Nationally, over 11,000 non-melanoma cancers and 1,100 invasive…

Blog: Covid-19, growing old and healthy

It is European Public Health Week and today’s focus is on growing old and growing healthy. Dr Conor Cunningham from the Institute of Public Health provides some practical tips on how we can stay active during this time. Increase in life expectancy represents one of the greatest public health successes of the 20th Century. While…

Blog: Equal health for all

It is European Public Health Week and today’s focus is on equal health for all. Aideen Sheehan from the Institute of Public Health offers some insights on ageing, equity and health in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We all want to live the longest, healthiest life that we can – to enjoy our independence as long…

Blog: Covid-19 and the digital divide

It is European Public Health Week and today’s focus is on technology becoming part of our health systems. As we spend more time online during the Covid-19 pandemic, Prof Roger O’Sullivan from the Institute of Public Health offers some insights on the digital divide in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Covid-19 has changed our lives in so many…

Blog: Active childhoods in an era of social distancing

Wednesday, 29th April 2020   With schools currently closed, Active School Week has been replaced with Active Home Week. Dr Helen McAvoy from the Institute of Public Health explores the challenges and opportunities for empowering children to be physically active during the Covid-19 pandemic.   Physical distancing and physical activity  Globally around 290 million children are not in school due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ireland’s schools closed their…