Joe Duffy: “Given he hosts a phone-in show, he probably has a whole stockpile of telephonically themed jokes.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

After a gloomy period that has persisted for so long we’ve come to accept it as normal, last week brings forth an unexpected spell of brightness. It m(...)

Plans for a new national paediatric hospital at the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin are to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála on Monday afternoon. 2:04

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he was “confident, but not complacent” in relation to the plans for a new national paediatric hospital at the(...)

Alan Walsh, chairman of  One51. While the company is a plc, its shares are traded on a grey market rather than listed on any stock exchange.Photograph:Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A number of One51 shareholders are expected to accept private equity fund Capvest’s proposed €1.80 a-share offer for the plastics and waste group, rai(...)

HSE national director for acute hospitals Liam Woods. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The names of five hospitals about which allegations of procurement irregularities were made to An Garda Síochána and senior Ministers last year have b(...)

Surgery for cataracts may become unnecessary in the wake of a research project in the US which has developed a new drug treatment

Surgery for cataracts may become unnecessary in the wake of a research project in the US which has developed a new drug treatment. Cataracts fo(...)

The Mater Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A homeless man found dead in a disused ward in the Mater Hospital had been drinking hand sanitiser gel, an inquest into his death heard. Krzysztof Krz(...)

The  Mater hospital Dublin:  patient suffered  heart attack when pacing wires were removed by junior staff five days after bypass operation. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Mater hospital has apologised at the High Court over “shortcomings” in the care of a father of four who has been left brain damaged after undergoi(...)

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are difficulties in staffing the new inpatient cystic fibrosis unit in Cork University Hospital, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch (...)

 Gardaí are appealing for information after a 16-year-old died at the Mater hospital in Dublin after being seriously injured in a road traffic incident in Finglas. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí in Finglas are investigating a fatal incident in which a teenager was hit by a car close to the junction of Tolka Valley Road and St Helena’s R(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar opened the National Rare Diseases Office. Photograph: Collins

A new National Rare Diseases Office will help to identify thousands of rare diseases that affect almost 250,000 people in Ireland. The office in Dubl(...)