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Irish Dental Association condemns dental school U-turn

The Irish Dental Association (IDA) has criticised the decision to scrap plans for a ‘badly needed’ new dental school in Cork. University College Cork (UCC) was given permission in 2019 for a new five-storey building in Curraheen, which would replace Cork University Dental School’s current campus, which it shares with Cork University Hospital. The plans … Continued

Making the switch – from UK to Ireland dentistry

Helen Fegan and Eimear Doran talk through the process of becoming a dental professional in Ireland. Having studied at a UK dental school and beginning our dental careers working in the UK, we wanted to research the many job opportunities and benefits in the Republic of Ireland. For many young dentists it is an attractive … Continued

COVID-19 – dentists need PPE now

The government is being asked to provide appropriate PPE for dentists providing emergency treatment. Dental Protection and the Irish Dental Association are calling on the government to help dentists. In particular to ensure they have access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as they continue to treat emergency patients. In a joint letter to Minister Simon Harris, they say … Continued

Mouth cancer rates rising for homeless

The homeless are facing increased risks of mouth cancer, warn dentists. Two people are dying each week from the disease, with the homeless the most vulnerable. ‘A lot of people say the lives of homeless people are chaotic but the reality is that life on the streets imposes chaos on them,’ Professor lánaid Daly, who … Continued

IDA calls for ‘major recruitment drive’

The Irish Dental Association (IDA) is calling for a major recruitment drive for dentists in the public dental service. The association believes that ‘inadequate staffing levels’ are failing children who are waiting up to seven or eight years for their first dental screening – and sometimes more. It is encouraging the government to up their … Continued

Dental care not an ‘optional expense’, says IDA

Concerns over new figures showing a drop in dental cuts have reached media outlets. The Irish Dental Association (IDA) is ‘shocked’ at the 57% reduction in dental care spending over the last five years, equating to the lowest amount of spend in 10 years. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the total annual spend … Continued