Minister for Health Dr James Reilly  said the option was still there for the IHCA to get involved. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) will have to change its position if its members are to gain from the outcome of current talks on sp(...)

Joan Burton: Upon mature reflection, she might decide the mantle of leadership is too great a responsibility to take on and withdraw her name. And pigs might fly. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Joan sidled in beside Enda during Questions to the Taoiseach and lingered in the Tánaiste’s pew until the Order of Business. Not, you understand, that(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is time to “cut the apron strings” and let the VHI stand on its own two feet, Independent Senator Feargal Quinn said as he introduced legislation (...)

Senator Feargal Quinnn: says it is  untenable that  VHI  not subject to  same regulatory or solvency requirements as other health insurance providers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Legislation to radically reform the health insurance sector will be debated in the Seanad next week. Independent Senator Feargal Quinn published(...)

VHI chief executive John O’Dwyer: “We recorded a strong surplus on our consolidated business, improved our solvency position and maintained a low operating cost ratio.”

The country’s largest health insurer, the VHI, recorded a financial surplus of €65 million last year.The State-owned company also said it had finalise(...)

The VHI has introduced at least six price hikes in the last three years

VHI is to cut the cost of covering children and students on some of its hospital plans by 50 per cent. The savings apply to 61 of VHI Healthcare’s hos(...)

Health insurance firm VHI is to cut the cost of covering children and students on some of its hospital plans by 50 per cent, as competition in the mar(...)

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Many Irish people like an auld flutter, but forget Cheltenham or the Galway Races: the really high-stakes gamblers are in the departure halls of ou(...)

Get running: Irish running champion Catherina McKiernan sets the pace with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland staff as they start a corporate running programme for staff to train for the Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run. Photograph: Ray Lohan/RCSI Irish running champion Catherina McKiernan, centre, sets the pace with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) staff as they start a corporate running programme to prepare staff for the Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run. Photograph: Ray Lohan/RCSI

Does your workplace have a running club, a fitness programme or an exercise initiative? Share it at fitness@irishtimes.com, or facebook.com/irishti(...)

Bank of Ireland yesterday appointed Kieran Wallace of KPMG as receiver to VFM Healthcare Ireland, which trades as St Francis Private Hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bank of Ireland has taken control of a private hospital that owed the lender a property-related debt of more than €3 million. (...)