Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I do not anticipate the next government, if my party leads it, being able to change the funding model for healthcare substantially.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Significantly changing the healthcare funding model will not be completed in the next government’s lifetime, if Fine Gael is returned to power, Mini(...)

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll on water charges.

In 2001, there was a byelection in Tipperary South which Fianna Fáil was expected to win. The party lost the vote, and afterwards blamed it on an opi(...)

The meetings will be with an external obstetrician, midwife and, where necessary, paediatrician. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Almost 100 women who have concerns over the care they received in Irish maternity units when delivering their babies are being offered meetings with (...)

Junior doctors protesting outside Belfast City Hall on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Hundreds of junior doctors have staged a protest outside Belfast City Hall against proposals to change contracts it says could put patient safety at r(...)

A protest about the number of people on hospital trolleys: the focus of attention on the immediate trolley problem and the need for quick fixes have made it difficult to solve some of the underlying problems in health. Photograph: Frank Miller

A number of theories feature in the economics literature to explain how the public service operates. Some suggest public servants manoeuvre to maximis(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar who said the HSE would be abolished over the term of the next government. Photograph: Collins

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is to be dismantled in the term of the next government, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said on Saturday. He also(...)

The development of networks of maternity units needs to be fast-tracked, a report commissioned by the HSE from a UK health consultant recommends. File photograph: Getty Images

Smaller maternity units cannot operate in isolation and should share staff and facilities in order to provide sustainable services to their local popu(...)

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn used his first conference speech to send a message to voters: “You don’t have to take what you are given.” M(...)

I was 29 at the time, and I’d felt, both physically and emotionally, a little like garbage, for about as long as I could remember. I’d experienced chronic depression, fatigue, irritable stomach, and lightheadedness, as well as the acne. I’d spent the last two years trying everything I could think of to clean out my body

One night, the April before last, I was standing in my bathroom, brushing my teeth and scrutinizing my face in the mirror. As usual, I was assessin(...)

The lake in Avène, in the south of France

This summer, I was invited to go to France to take a bath. So I went. I had heard of the French pharmacy skincare brand Avène, but I knew nothi(...)