Three times a week Owen Kelleher spent four hours hooked up to a machine that performed the functions his kidneys were no longer capable of. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

They refer to it, simply, as “the call”. For the 550 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant it’s the moment the hospital rings to say a do(...)

Ireland is ranked 22nd in the 2014 Euro Health Consumer Index, down from 14th the previous year. File photograph: Katrina Wittkamp/Getty Images

Ireland has tumbled down an international ranking of health services after its waiting list data was found to have lost credibility.Ireland is ranked (...)

Former minister for health Dr James Reilly’s decision to cut the salary of new consultants by 30 per cent in 2012, now seems an over-correction. Photograph: Frank Miller

The embarrassing prospect of donated kidneys having to be sent abroad because of a lack of staff to harvest and transplant them here is only the lates(...)

 Beaumont Hospital: It advertised jobs twice but no suitably qualified candidates applied. Consultants say the entry level of €109,000 is a major disincentive. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kidneys from Irish donors may have to be exported because of a lack of staff to transplant them to recipients here.Consultants at the national renal t(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has defended standards at the maternity unit of Portiuncula Hospital. Photograph: Collins

Staff at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, raised concerns about a spike in problem births on a number of occasions last year before act(...)

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway: ironically, some lessons were learned there from previous crises.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The problems revealed at Portiuncula Hospital are only the latest in a series of controversies over standards in maternity units to emerge in recent y(...)

Portiuncula Hospital: the apparent deficiencies relate to the interpretation of tracing of the foetal heartbeat, the administration of drugs to accelerate labour and instrumental delivery. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has defended standards at the maternity unit of Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, where an investigation has ident(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has published a list of 25 priorities for the HSE in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has published a list of 25 priorities for the health service in 2015, which includes a promise that no patient will b(...)

Portiuncula Hospital:  the apparent deficiencies relate to the interpretation of tracing of the foetal heartbeat, the administration of drugs to accelerate labour and instrumental delivery. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A review of the maternity unit at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, has identified “apparent deficiencies” in the care of seven babies(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: priorities include putting in a planning application for a maternity hospital at St Vincent’s, getting hospital groups up and increasing the number of people with insurance. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No patient will be on a hospital waiting list for more than 18 months by the summer, under targets to be announced by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar(...)