The solution to the inevitable slide of the acute services has finally been put on the table, but does the ‘Golden Rule’ still hold sway, wonders Dr Garrett FitzGerald
Dr Garrett FitzGerald
The idyllic childhood of fighting, stone-throwing and general dysfunction had to end
The authorities have been making the same mistakes with increasing confidence for three decades
The Donald is to march into the sunset with his auld pal, Vlad Putin
Having taken the Oregon Trail in ’66 after graduation, Dr Garrett FitzGerald recalls the welcome and encouragement of the late Dr ‘Buck’ Shields — an inspirational role model for any doctor in the making
Debunking the big lie that money can’t solve the problems in the health service, Dr Garrett FitzGerald laments the fact that we have yet another government planning for Mercedes while using Lada money
The conditions of the Irish health service have meant nurses said goodbye to the days of Florence Nightingales many moons ago, and find themselves instead battling against the lure of foreign but better lands, says Dr Garrett FitzGerald
While a certain sartorial look was once expected among the professional classes in Dublin during his former UCD days, Dr Garrett FitzGerald recalls the quite different ‘uniform’ on taking up his registrar post in Galway.
With the meteorologists running out of letters to name the storms of 2016, Dr Garrett FitzGerald recounts the events of the ‘Night of the Big Wind’ in 1839, and its unusual ill-effects on one of his Mayo ancestors.
While researching his family tree, Dr Garrett FitzGerald discovered some unusual annotations in the baptism entries for the 1850s, recording the christening of many a Winny, George, Cecily or Gyles with a particular, frowned-upon parentage.