Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  Photo:graph Gareth Chaney Collins

Critics argue the Dublin site is too small to accommodate both hospitals

Denis Naughten, TD, believes Ireland should be a pilot country for State-funded multiple sclerosis drug. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Decision comes as a blow to patients who are paying up to €500 a month for Fampridine

Minister for  Health  Leo Varadkar announcing  funding of  €13.5 million  for research into cancer, antobiotics and other vital treatments, at the HRB Health Research Awards which took place at the Royal College of Physicians.  Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennells

Miniser for Health Leo Varadkar announces winners of funding from Health Research Board from longlist of 190

Hospital staff remove the “patient” from the ambulance to the isolation unit at the Mater hospital, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Dry run involved Mater, ambulance service, Dublin Fire Brigade and the Garda

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he had met the HSE today to discuss issues relating to the Fair Deal nursing home scheme. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister admits communications campaign on water metering is ‘not yet won’

Family photograph of Christopher Marianayagam who died in Portlaoise General Hospital in June 2011. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Christopher Marianayagam died at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise

Nurse Breda Mc Evoy leaving the inquest on the death of Christopher Marianayagam who died in Portlaoise General Hospital in June 2011. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Diabetes nurse says she sought help for patient in Portlaoise hospital

Family photograph of Christopher Marianayagam who died in Portlaoise General Hospital in June 2011.

Daughter voices concern over elderly man being released from hospital without back-up

The State has among the highest drug prices in the world, many reports in recent years have found. Photograph:  PA Wire

Branded drug groups say they must charge ‘fair and reasonable’ price for new medicines to make fair return

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