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# Risks

This year
Nuclear threats, Northern Ireland and higher interest rates among top government concerns
A report by
Jane Matthews
Published annually since 2014, the National Risk Assessment report identifies the challenges facing Ireland in the coming years.
There were a number of new risks identified in this year's report, writes Jane Matthews.
These include concerns over a concentration in Ireland's enterprise mix, deglobalisation and food security.
All time
Isolated athletes especially prone to mental health risks, experts warn
The impact of the current pandemic is unprecedented, with sports stars sidelined worldwide.
Hard Brexit could cause house prices to fall, Central Bank warns
The Central Bank warned that external events were the main risks facing the Irish economy.
Tax rises should be considered in October's Budget to prevent economy overheating, ESRI recommends
The think tank says the economy is “now effectively operating at full capacity”.
Cycling to work is only healthy if the government makes it safe, new study says
For male cyclists between the ages of 20 and 29, the negative impacts of cycling outweigh the positive, according to the study.
Skin cancer deaths in Ireland: One in four are construction workers or farmers
Workers in these industries are being urged to be aware of the risks of exposure to the sun.
Simon Zebo: 'If you don’t buy a ticket you can’t win the Lotto'
The Ireland wing says there is no limitation on what Joe Schmidt’s men can do in attack.
The government has provided us with this handy new list of things to worry about
Better safe than sorry.
Prison officers will have to travel hours with inmates if Portlaoise A&E closes
The closure will create additional risks and be more costly, said the POA.
Obese women should lose weight before pregnancy, TCD researchers say
A new academic review warns that babies born to obese mothers face bigger risks during pregnancy.
'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'
The Small Firms Association wants self-employed people to be allowed make voluntary contributions to PRSI.
These Trinity students think they may have solved the Bitcoin problem
Critics say that the digital currency lacks transparency – and a group of students have been trying to fix that.
Targeted killings of journalists on the rise as beheadings signify 'new bloody chapter'
The IFJ says a total of 135 journalists have died in 2014.
Is your child safe online? New laws on the way to combat grooming
An RTÉ Investigations Unit programme showed the dangers posed to young teens online.
No difference in mortality rate between boys and girls relating to last vaccine offered
The mortality rate was higher for boys than for girls, irrespective of the type of vaccine last offered.
Concern over female teens getting genital cosmetic surgery
Two new papers also say that little research exists about the clinical effectiveness and risks of this surgery.
Study ties chemical to possible miscarriage risk
The study is not cause for alarm, but “it’s far from reassuring that BPA is safe” for women, said leading fertility doctor.
French court upholds ban on fracking
France banned the practice in 2011 over the objections of the oil industry.
Kelleher: Leaked HSE patient safety risk report ‘frightening but not surprising’
The details of the leaked report reveal fears about risks to patient safety caused by understaffing and spending cuts.
EU brings in new rules on public awareness of industrial hazards
Member states have to draw up emergency plans for areas surrounding industrial plants who work with large quantities of dangerous substances.
One million packs of contraceptive pills recalled in the US
Pfizer cited packaging faults as the reason for the recall as pills could be out of sequence, leading to an increased risk of unwanted pregnancies.