Spending on legal fees for fitness to practise hearings peaked at €2.5 million in 2014, a year in which 32 inquiries were held over 75 day. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland spend €9.3m in total over five years

 Lauren Smyth, who has type 1 diabetes: There are about 16,000 people with type 1 diabetes in Ireland, of whom almost 3,000 are under 16 years.

Diabetes Ireland says children should get an immediate test to confirm diagnosis

Fiona Smyth with her daughter Lauren: “I was told to bring her straight to the hospital, even to break the lights getting there – that’s how urgent it was considered. On the way, I had to keep her awake, so that she didn’t fall into a coma.”

An emergency team at Temple Street diagnosed Lauren Smyth with type 1 diabetes

An estimated 40 cases in Ireland of spina bifida, where those affected can be confined to a wheelchair,  could be prevented each year by ensuring women take folic acid before pregnancy. File photograph: Getty Images

Poorer women know least of vitamin’s essential part in preventing neural tube defects

In 2013-2014, St Vincent’s was at the centre of controversy over top-up payments to senior executives. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Three managers receive cash after top-up payments ended, according to HSE report

The 2016 HSE service plan says acute hospitals and the ambulance service will work together to reduce emergency department handover delays. Photograph: The Irish Times

A&E delay time recorded on at least 1,100 occasions every month, data reveals

Dr John Griffin prescribed benzodiazepines for a patient over 20 years but the patient became increasingly concerned that the source of his mental health problems lay in an episode of sexual abuse in childhood, for which therapy rather than prescription drugs was needed. File photograph: Getty Images

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services review team finds payment ‘unconventional’

In 1988, a patient began seeing Dr John Griffin (above), then a consultant psychiatrist at St Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin.   By 2012, the patient had informed the medical director of St Patrick’s, Prof Jim Lucey, of his dissatisfaction with the care he was receiving.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

St Patrick’s Hospital patient says life damaged by lengthy benzodiazepines treatment

The payment of a personal cheque by Dr John Griffin (above) to a patient as a full and final settlement of a complaint, without admission of liability, was “unconventional”, an investigation by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services has found.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Payment could be construed as effort to thwart complaint to Medical Council - report

Patients failed to show for 139,000 of 923,000 new appointments made, and for 349,000 of 2,375,000 return appointments, figures from the HSE reveal. Photograph: The Irish Times

Almost 500,000 appointments for outpatients classified as ‘did not attend’

Cardiovascular disease causes more than 4m deaths each year across Europe, or 45% of all deaths. Photograph: Getty Images

Burden imposed by heart disease, stroke in Ireland among lowest in Europe, notes study

Paul Cullen after completing the swim. Athletes then mounted their bikes to travel up the coast and through the centre of the city, looping out west of the city and returning to Phoenix Park for the run and finish. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Paul Cullen completes 70.3 miles by land and sea in second Dublin Ironman triathlon

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher: “The only thing to have increased at a faster rate in our health services is the number of patients awaiting scheduled treatment.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Nurse staff levels fell more than 3,000 since 2007, Health Service Executive figures show

 St Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar, Dublin. Sarcoma patients have criticised new arrangements for treating those with the condition at the hospital. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Group says the care of some sufferers may be compromised by the situation at St Luke’s

Former Fianna Fáil senator says she was hospitalised several times with condition

The hospital with the longest waiting list was University Hospital Galway, at 32,000. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Number waiting long periods continues to soar despite Government promises

Changes planned by the Department of Health intend to significantly strengthen protections for patients who are detained against their will in mental health institutions. Photograph: iStock

Protections to include publishing tribunal findings in cases of involuntary detention

The father of a young man who was committed to psychiatric care against his will last month has appealed for his release.  File photograph: Thinkstock

Father says his son is being held against his will and criticises mental health tribunals

Intensive care patients transferred out of children’s hospital to come back after extra generator sourced

The findings will go forward to the next meeting of the Medical Council, which will decide on sanctions. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sudanese physician failed to disclose fact he was refused registration in United Kingdom

Siptu says an emergency service will be provided during the planned Ambulance Service strike. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Negotiations between Siptu and HSE continue over conditions of employment

Hiqa inspectors found five areas of major non-compliance at the Carena Care centre, which has not yet opened

Five areas of major non-compliance found at new care facility due to open in Co Cork

In one farm visited by department inspectors, 111 cows had had their cows docked, despite the fact the farmer was a certified member of a sustainable dairy assurance scheme, with animal welfare requirements, operated by Bord Bia. File photograph: Getty Images

European Commission report calls for greater awareness to stop mutilation of cattle

Minister for Health Simon Harris said some of the delays were due to factors outside the control of the HSE. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One opened but no progress made on some other centres since 2012, says Simon Harris

Ballinclare Quarry in south Co Wicklow has been closed after testing revealed the presence of naturally occurring asbestos in the stone it produces. File photograph: Google Street View

Almost 3,000 tons of asbestos-containing rock delivered in Wicklow and south Dublin

The figures show a 20% rise in tribunal-related payments, from €6.4m in 2010 to €7.7m last year. Photographs: Getty Images/The Irish Times

Fees for lawyers, psychiatrists, lay people at mental health tribunals up 20% since 2011

David Hall: said former employees planned to set up a rival ambulance company.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Former managers of Lifeline Ambulance Service claim lost jobs linked to disclosures

David Hall: said former employees planned to set up a rival ambulance company.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Two former senior managers of Life Line Ambulance Service claim unfair dismissal

Swimmers taking part in the Athy Triathlon: When most of the swimmers disappeared off into the distance, Paul Cullen was left with the space and time to focus on swimming the 1,500m at his own steady pace. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Navigation is an issue when I’m swimming in the sea, so I practise using ‘alligator eyes’

David Hall in 2011 with Joan Collins TD and members of the Defend Our Homes League protesting at an Allsop property auction in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Energy of Console’s interim chief executive contrasts with approach of State agencies

Console founder Paul Kelly. The charity is due to run out of money next week. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suicide prevention charity may be wound down following financial scandal

John Pepper, group CEO of St John of God. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

St John of God gave the money to its chief over pension and employment liabilities

Staff at St John of God complained about poor governance structures in the service, an unpublished report seen by The Irish Times reveals.

Employees’ frustrations revealed in unpublished report into death of teenager in care

Paul Kelly, founder of Console. The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement has launched a criminal investigation into the suicide prevention charity. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement launches inquiry into charity

Clare Dempsey, chief executive of St John of God Community Services, John Pepper, group chief executive and Brother Donatus Forkan, provincial. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senior figures in charity are not saying how €1.64m pot received in 2013 was shared

Minister for Health Simon Harris: acknowledgede professionalism and commitment of Console staff, who were not to blame for the difficulties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE funding of €70,000 due this month, with €53,000 left in charity’s Irish accounts

 Documents relating to  suicide bereavement  charity Console are removed from a storage container in Tougher Business Park, Kildare, on Monday   evening. The documents are said to have been placed there by the charity’s founder, Paul Kelly. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Interim chief executive David Hall obtains court order to allow breaking into unit

Clare Dempsey, chief executive St John of God Community Services, John Pepper, group chief executive  St John of God Group and Brother Donatus Forkan, Provincial, St John of God Order, speaking during interview at StJohn of God, Stillorgan, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Order says decision not to inform the HSE about payments was taken on professional advice

The late Malak Kuzbary Thawley with her husband Alan. File photograph: Facebook

Teacher with ectopic pregnancy died after emergency operation at Holles Street hospital

Crona Sheehan of Sarcoma Action Group Ireland photographed outside St.Vincent’s Hospital Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Group called this week on St Vincent’s to continue employing Dr Alexia Bertuzzi

Former Console chief Paul Kelly who is no longer involved with the suicide prevention charity. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Founder of suicide prevention charity posed as doctor and claimed to have been ordained

The Charities Regulator has appointed five new board members to assume control of suicide prevention charity Console. Photograph: Getty Images

High Court blocks access to bank accounts and injuncts founder and family from role

Doctors and other healthcare professionals were paid €6.8 million by pharmaceutical companies in Ireland last year, according to a new report. Photograph: iStock

Report reveals transfers by drug companies to healthcare organisations and professionals

The head office of Console Suicide Prevention Charity in Celbridge Co Kildare. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Move by charities regulator comes as High Court asked to ensure running of organisation

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned pharmacists against claiming payments for medicines that have not been dispensed to patients. Photograph: iStock

Irish Pharmacy Union says there may be ‘isolated cases’ where this occurred

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said Dr Bertuzzi, who is from Italy, was employed on a locum contract to provide cover to sarcoma patients on behalf of  another consultant oncologist who had taken on the role of chair of the Irish clinical oncology research group. Photograph: Collins

Group calls on St Vincent’s to continue employing specialist in sarcoma Alexia Bertuzzi

The head office of the Console suicide prevention charity in Celbridge, Co Kildare, pictured June 29th, 2016. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Individuals have no details on charity’s finances and never attended board meeting

Paul Kelly, the  founder of suicide charity Console,  has denied allegations of mismanagement and poor governance. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sources say it is likely board will seek aid to help protect assets and retrieve other assets

Dr Maura Pidgeon, former chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: queried some of the findings by consultants BDO

BDO says board did not comply with policy on employment of non-permanent staff

 Three terminations were carried out based on the risk to the life of the mother by suicide, 14 due to the risk from physical illness and nine based on an emergency situation from physical illness. File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Simon Harris publishes second review of Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act

Candles light up the Console Celebration of Light ceremony in St Patrick’s College Maynooth CoKildare last November. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Suicide charity has number of outstanding PAYE/PRSI contributions, bookkeeper says

Trio had never met each other despite being on board of charity, report finds

Console founder Paul Kelly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Chief executive of suicide prevention charity at centre of ongoing financial controversy

Paul Kelly founder of Console.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Charity to come under further pressure as more details of spending emerge

Founder of Console Paul Kelly, who resigned last week, has denied allegations of mismanagement and poor governance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/ The Irish Times

Paul Kelly, wife and son spent on items such as groceries, designer clothes and foreign trips

High vitamin D status is associated with lower risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia and small-for-gestational age (SGA) birth

Study by University College Cork calls for guidelines on nutrition for pregnant women

Former Console chief Paul Kelly: denies allegations of mismanagement and poor governance. Photograph: The Irish Times  Former Console chief Paul Kelly: denies allegations of mismanagement and poor governance. Photograph: The Irish Times

Following resignation, chief executive tells staff he remains at helm of charity

The Medical Council has begun hearing a disciplinary inquiry into a junior doctor at St James’s Hospital who is alleged to have left her post without telling colleagues. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Junior medic ‘abandoned’ patient at St James’s after feeling unwell, Medical Council hearing told

Minister for Health Simon Harris: where a medicine is expensive and has been judged not to be cost effective, the final decision on approval will rest with the Minister. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State drops threat to introduce unilateral price cuts as part of new agreement

People gather to  protest in  Parliament Square , London, on Saturday at the Brexit vote. Photograph:   Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

UK visitor numbers to be hit as fall in sterling makes Irish holidays more expensive

Sarcoma is a rare cancer that affects 200 to 250 people in Ireland annually. A patients group has called for the retention of a sarcoma specialist.

Group urges hospital to renew the contract of sarcoma specialist Dr Alexia Bertuzzi

Console is also the subject of an audit by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which has funded its UK operation, and may also face an investigation by the UK Charity Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

Committee should investigate charity as it receives public funds, says Fine Gael deputy

Some orthodontic treatments funded by the HSE under the scheme allegedly took place in this jurisdiction and not Northern Ireland, the Medical Independent has reported. Photograph: iStock

HSE checking authenticity of documents for orthodontic treatments after concern by patients

 Paul Kelly, Console founder and  chief executive: in 1983, he pretended to be a doctor and got a job  for three weeks at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital on Baggot Street. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

€215,000 payment to Paul Kelly not included in altered accounts given to funders

Social Democrat TD Roisin Shortall has been elected to chair the new all-party Dáil committee planning the future of the health service. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

TD to head group tasked with planning future of health service over next 10 years

Sources have told The Irish Times that concerns about Console have been referred to the Garda following a dispute between the charity and auditors working on behalf of the HSE. Photograph: Getty Images

Inspection comes as HSE considers future funding options for charity after audit

Paul Kelly of suicide charity Console is among the highest-profile spokesmen on the issue. Photograph: The Irish Times

Paul Kelly established the organisation Console after his younger sister took her life

A children’s hospital at Blanchardstown could be built for €250 million less than at St James’s and one year quicker, according to Jimmy Sheehan, founder of the Blackrock Clinic. File Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Connolly for Kids campaign seeks public hearing at Oireachtas health committee

In 2014, Irish drinkers consumed an average of 11 litres of pure alcohol - equal to 29 litres of vodka, 116 bottles of wine or 445 pints of beer. File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Irish drinkers consume 445 pints a year as State ranks fourth in OECD for consumption

Mental health services and staffing have been greatly reduced despite ambitious government promises and rising demand, according to a new report. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Services and staff have been greatly reduced despite government promise, study finds

Saint Augustine’s School in Blackrock, Co Dublin

Cutbacks at St Augustine’s school in Blackrock reversed after pressure from HSE

Artists’ impressions of  the proposed new children’s hospital at the St James’s site.

Group Connolly for Kids say new children’s hospital should be in Blanchardstown

The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street is one of the two hospitals which have so far stopped the monthly figures. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Hospitals will publish figures quarterly to give ‘more accurate’ reflection of trends

 (From left) Patricia Gilheaney, chief executive, John Saunders chairman and Dr Susan Finnerty, Inspector Mental Health Services at the publication of the  Mental Health Commission annual report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mental Health Commission also concerned at rise in number of involuntary admissions

The report notes that rates of post-traumatic stress disorder are up to 10 times higher among refugees than in the local population

Report urges ‘complicated physical and mental healthcare needs . . . must be met’

The Health Service Executive was made aware of parents’ concerns over the planned closure of the life skills and vocational training programmes at St Augustine’s in Blackrock, Dublin. SJOG chief executive John Pepper has promised to meet with parents

HSE calls meeting with St John of God, which runs school for teenagers with special needs

John McCamley of Siptu blamed senior Health Service Executive (HSE) management for the failure of last-minute talks on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Siptu says dispute over pay and staffing at Tallaght centre will not affect emergency calls

Unless there is a breakthrough in the negotiations, drug companies face the prospect of price cuts being imposed by the Health Service Executive using powers it acquired under recent legislation. Photograph: Getty Images

Talks with Department of Health deadlocked as HSE moves to impose cuts on pharma sector

A report has found the Caesarean section rate varied from 24 per cent in the National Maternity Hospital to a high of 36.9 per cent in South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Fourfold variation in rate of hospitalisation for asthma found between Monaghan and Longford

The report shows the rate at which patients die in hospital from heart attacks (acute myocardial infarction) throughout the Republic has dropped 36% in a decade and the Irish mortality rate is well below the OECD average. Photograph: Getty Images

Report: Mortality stroke rates at St Vincent’s Dublin, Naas, Galway above national average

One limitation of the study is that it is applicable to men only. Photograph: Getty Images

Research follows over 1.6m Swedish men from adolescence between 1968 and 2005

Overcrowding and poor standards of cleanliness may be to blame, says health watchdog

According to new research, use of antibiotics in Ireland is significantly higher than in the rest of the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Antibiotic use rising in Ireland but falling in EU, according to European Commission

Food companies are increasingly using hidden tactics and emotional persuasion to market unhealthy food to young people online, according to a report. File photograph: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

New report calls for stricter regulations on advertising to protect children’s health

The late Malak Kuzbary Thawley with her husband Alan. File photograph: Facebook

Composition of review team investigating Malak Kuzbary Thawley’s death criticised

A 3D rendered illustration of a hepatitis virus. There are an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people in Ireland chronically infected with hepatitis C. Photograph: iStock

An estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people in Ireland chronically infected with the disease

The Department of Health needs to make significant cost savings on the State’s drugs bill to meet rising demand and to fund expensive new treatments

Proposal is last-ditch effort to avoid price cuts being imposed by the HSE

New law prohibiting smoking in cars came into effect this January. Photograph: Getty Images

Public support fuels potential to increase spaces clear of smoke, says health monitor

Demonstrators outside Government Buildings urging the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin committed to consultative process before any decision

Nine sites in Wicklow and two in Dublin have been sealed off and will be subject to remediation. Library photograph: iStock

Co Wicklow quarry sent contaminated stone to sites in Wicklow and Dublin

The MMR vaccine prevents people contracting measles in 99 per cent of cases, after two doses

Parents advised to check children’s MMR vaccinations as third of cases hospitalised

Some 61 per cent of those surveyed had sex with one or more non-steady partner in the last year, and 40 per cent of these had intercourse without a condom. Photograph: Pederk/E+/Getty

‘Nearly 40%’ of men who have sex with men have never tested for HIV or other STIs

Oncologist Dr Derek Power: says higher rates of many cancers in deprived areas are largely lifestyle-related and may have big implications for healthcare services. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Greater emphasis on smoking prevention and cervical cancer vaccination required

Amanda Mellet, who took the case, was in her 21st week of pregnancy in November 2011 when she learned her foetus had congenital heart defects and would die in the uterus or shortly after birth. Photograph: iStock

Pregnant Irish woman Amanda Mellet’s case gives this UN opinion greater legal weight

Public hospital groups and voluntary hospitals spent at least €730,000 on the services of public relation companies in 2016 on top of in-house staff and the HSE PR division. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Expenditure is additional to in-house PR staff and those employed in HSE press division

The medicines were seized as part of Operation Pangea IX, which is coordinated by Interpol internationally. File photograph: Getty Images

Anabolic steroids, sedatives, abortion drugs among 60,000 medicines held in operation

Previous reports have identified how cancer can be a “postcode lottery” stacked against those in more deprived areas. Photographs: Getty Images

Report shows incidence of some cancers up to 38% higher in urban areas

Almost 20,000 more patients were treated in hospitals, the vast majority as day cases, compared to 2014. One patient in four waited more than eight months for inpatient or day-case treatment. Photograph: PA

Over 80 complaints a day from patients

 Minister for Health Simon Harris has reversed the much-criticised diversion of monies supposedly ringfenced for mental health in the last budget. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cabinet approved an additional €500m in spending for the health service on Tuesday

Two-thirds of people who are terminally ill say planning for the future is their biggest worry, according to a survey of people receiving palliative care.

Greater supports and more information needed for people receiving palliative care

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