Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher is a reporter for the Independent and Independent on Sunday having joined the group in 2012. He has previously worked for the European Voice, Daily Mirror and the Observer and been based in Brussels, Belfast, Tokyo and London.

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Alzheimer's Society is urging the Government to 'end the artificial divide between health and social care'

Alzheimer's now costs the UK £26bn every year, major new research suggests

Two million Britons will suffer from Alzheimer’s by 2050, according to the most comprehensive review of the disease to date - which also reveals the costs of the condition to the UK have soared to £26bn a year.

In England, four per cent of 11–15 year olds said they had used cannabis in the past month

Marijuana-smoking teenagers are 'more likely to quit school'

Teenagers who smoke cannabis are 60 per cent less likely to finish school or obtain a degree compared to those who have never used the drug, according to new research.

Star turns: Montacute House

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Hopes the 'Downton effect' will bring fame to the National Trust houses where it is filmed
Mortgages are still tempting young professionals

Forty-year mortgages tempt first-time buyers on to the property ladder despite high costs

Halifax and Nationwide are two of the biggest names to make the extreme long-term offers
Dr Alice Roberts in front of a

Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

The anatomist, anthropologist and broadcaster tells Paul Gallagher about her new book on evolution and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Paul Livesey, Butcher at Harrods

Know quail eggs from ostrich eggs? Harrods launches gourmet food qualification for staff

Most butchers could spend hours telling you the difference between cuts of meat, but would struggle to tell you the best wine to go with them – or indeed what the after-dinner cheese should be. Then again most butchers don’t work at Harrods.

Luton airport voted worst in Britain for second time running

Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead also in the bottom 6

The files contained 81 anonymised summaries of complaints, 58 were healthcare related

Revealed: The most devastating failures by public services

A woman whose husband died hours after one of England’s biggest NHS hospitals missed several chances to diagnose his fatal condition was given just £2,000 in compensation, according to files published today, that highlight “devastating” failures by public services.

Former Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom withdrew from the party after striking a journalist and calling women ‘sluts’

Former Ukip bad boy Godfrey Bloom ‘horrified’ as his firm is fined for gambling couple’s £2m

An investment firm whose major shareholder is the controversial former Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has been ordered to pay a retired couple more than £2m in damages after losing a High Court case where it was condemned for giving “negligent advice” and gambling their money on mining and natural resource funds.

Vicky Beeching's story can inspire many conflicted young people

Vicky Beeching: 'I've been overwhelmed by support from friends and fans'

Christian rock star came out in an exclusive interview with The Independent

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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas