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 (...)

Remarks by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (right), aimed at Sinn Féin TDs and other members of the Opposition refusing to pay water charges, were made during heated Dáil exchanges on Thursday with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (left). Photographs: The Irish Times 3:39

Tánaiste Joan Burton has sharply criticised TDs who say they will not pay water charges.“Our salaries and conditions are pretty good and, yet, there a(...)

The HSE has said it is anticipated it would cost about €24.5 million to pay incremental increases due to staff this year.  Photograph: Getty Images

The HSE has not received any specific additional funding to meet the cost of incremental pay rises for staff this year, it has emerged. The HSE has sa(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said further reviews would be necessary in a number of other hospitals where the locums worked. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The locum radiologist at the centre of a major recall of patients at Cavan Monaghan Hospital was not on the specialist register of the Medical Counci(...)

A candle lit beside a portrait of Karen Buckley in the Hibernian Hotel,  Mallow, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

  Huge crowds spent over five hours yesterday paying their last respects to murdered student Karen Buckley as she lay in repose in Mallow (...)

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health budget. Above is the party’s health spokesman Billy Kelleher. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health Budget. The party will launch its proposals today (Tue) including the (...)

The law will affect 40,000 people

Legislation to allow free GP visits for everyone over 70 has begun its passage through the Oireachtas. The law will affect nearly 40,000 people who d(...)

“Focused on what?” snorted Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen at the Taoiseach. “You’re like a rabbit in the headlights.” Photograph: Eric Luke

It was a quiet return for our Hardly Here At All Dáil, easing itself back into the onerous task of occasionally sitting. It’s a bit like embarking on (...)

Fianna Fáil will phase out alcohol sponsorship of sports games over five years and abolish plans to introduce Universal Health Insurance if it gets in(...)