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(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was prioritising his personal PR strategy by pushing out target times for waiting lists and presenting it as a breakthrough.

The Irish Medical Organisation and Fianna Fáil have described as shocking figures that show more than 400,000 people are on outpatient waiting lists.F(...)

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the Government had decided to maintain the level of services provided at Portlaoise but failed to ensure that the HSE had adequate funding to provide these services. Photograph: Frank Miller

Revelations about patient safety at Portlaoise hospital have raised serious questions for the Government that should be answered as a matter of urgen(...)

The draft report points to significant high-level concerns over the quality and safety of the maternity unit as far back as 2007. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

“Austerity focused” senior HSE officials failed to visit Portlaoise hospital to assess safety after revelations of a series of baby deaths in the mate(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: reached the end of his tether this week

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin once again finds himself fighting the enemy within. A year out from a general election, with his party competing aga(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton meets striking workers  on the picket line at Dunnes Stores in Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

“Dunnes Stores, better politics beats them all’’ – a variation of the jingle in a one-time radio advertisement would have been appropriate in the Dáil(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton described the Dunnes Stores strike as “very regrettable” and said the way to settle it was through the State’s industrial relations machinery. Photograph: Collins

Employers will be obliged to enter collective bargaining discussions under legislation to be introduced after Easter and passed before the summer rece(...)