Nurses  protest at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin last week over overcrowding in the emergency department. Union members in Galway have now voted in favour of industrial action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Nurses at Galway University Hospital have voted in favour of industrial action in response to overcrowding at the facility. The Irish Nurses and Midwi(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly said, because he is no longer minister for health, he could not say why his promise that “never again” would the number waiting on trolleys exceed the then record of 569 had been broken. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will not provide emergency funding to the Department of Health to combat hospital overcrowding. He said(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: on the recommendation that  blasphemy be removed from the Irish Constitution, he said,   “Having blasphemy in the Constitution is inappropriate and I think that needs to change.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The fatal attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo is a reminder that “violent fundamentalism” is a big issue in Europe, said Minister for Defence Simo(...)

File photograph: Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery (right) with Enda Kenny,  Phil Hogan and Richard Bruton. Minister for Children James Reilly has said he would welcome Mr Flannery back to the party.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Minister for Children James Reilly has said he “absolutely would welcome” former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery back into the party. Dr Reilly sa(...)

Tanaiste Joan Burton with French ambassador  to Ireland Jean Pierre Thebault,  following a minute’s silence at the French Residence on Aylesbury Road, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins 1:52

Tanaiste Joan Burton has described the fatal attack on French publication Charlie Hebdo as abhorrent and an atrocity. “I think anything which concerns(...)

Nurses at hospitals across the State are being balloted on industrial action amid concern about the impact of overcrowding on patient safety and staf(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton  (centre) at the publication of the IDA 2014 end of year update on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Overcrowding in the health service is not a new problem and will not be solved by money alone, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has said. Speaking aft(...)

Nursing staff at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital are to serve notice of industrial action on Tuesday and begin a work to rule later this month.  Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times.

The number of people in hospital emergency departments or on wards waiting for admission has reached a record high of 601, the Irish Nurses and Midwiv(...)

A contaminated water supply in Co Galway could affect supply to about 1,000 people for two years.  Photographer: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg.

Irish Water and local officials have been urged to “bang heads together” to find a quick solution to a contaminated water supply in Co Galway which co(...)

 Irish beef has gained access to the valuable US market for the first time in almost 15 years.

Irish beef is to be sold into the US market for the first time in more than fifteen years, the Department of Agriculture has said. The US banned impor(...)