Billy Kelleher: called waiting lists an ‘appalling indictment’ of the Government. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 13,000 children and adults are waiting to be assessed to determine if they require speech and language therapy, the HSE has said. Figures(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher: “It’s bad enough that the Minister moved the goalposts on waiting times. Now it seems he can’t even read the scoreboard.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is standing over his claim of substantial improvements in hospital waiting times despite discrepancies between his fi(...)

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 (...)

Leo Varadkar: ‘One of best things about general practice in Ireland is that they are independent, autonomous practitioners with different sources of funding.’ Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Minister for Health says he favours the return of a former scheme whereby people paying PRSI could recoup some of the costs of their dental care.(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy pictured outside Leinster House before the start of the debate on IBRC. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

They were falling over each other in the Dáil in their efforts to be flexible. Just like they had been in the IBRC, apparently, when business swashbuc(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton. Ms Burton has said that the constitutional protection for TDs and Senators in the Dáil is a cornerstone of democracy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Tánaiste and a senior Fine Gael Minister have defended the right of TDs’ Dáil speeches to be reported freely as the row over publishing comment(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Modelled on the highly successful national cancer programme, it will provide the leadership and have the authority to deliver the strategy and to drive reform and standardise care across all 19 maternity units’’

A national women’s and infants’ health programme to improve maternity services is to be established by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. He told th(...)

Senator Averil Power after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil did not get much time to bask in its first bit of good news in four years. About 36 hours was the sum of it.Then, unannounced, Averil Pow(...)

 Leo Varadkar said a number of measures had been taken ahead of the publication of the report, including the appointment of a new manager and a director of midwifery at Portlaoise, while the maternity unit is being transferred to the governance of the Coombe hospital. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said Portlaoise hospital was “allowed to drift for decades” without clear direction or support. He has accept(...)

Tanaiste Joan Burton

The Department of Social Protection used long-established principles in dealing with social welfare recipients with debts, Tánaiste Joan Burton told (...)