Fine Gael Mark Kennelly: Kenny’s chief of staff in Government. He is the Taoiseach’s voice in many meetings, largely spending the campaign on the ro(...)

Irish hospital emergency departments are worse than those in Gambia and many older people would sooner die at home rather than face the health service, a meeting of pensioners in Cork has heard.

Irish hospital emergency departments are worse than those in Gambia and many older people would sooner die at home rather than face the health service(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said party priorities include the introduction of a tax on sugar sweetened drinks and the phasing out of alcohol sponsorship in sport. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has promised to recruit an extra 4,000 nurses, 500 consultants and 250 GPs over five years to boost the performance of the health service.(...)

 Minister Varadkar says that his comments were aimed at management, not doctors and nurses.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar has insisted that he was not talking about doctors and nurses when he called for greater efficiency in the hospital (...)

HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Health was deeply concerned and unhappy with elements of the draft spending plan for this year drawn up by the HSE last autumn, offi(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  (centre) with Jim O’Callaghan SC (left) legal advisor and justice spokesperson Niall Collins at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will enter this election debating whether it wants to be the strongest opposition party in Leinster House or the smaller party in Governme(...)

Dinny McGinley TD and Robert Dowds TD who are set to retire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leinster House was quiet on Tuesday. An air of calm enveloped the chamber and the corridors. But it was a strange sort of stillness, like that awfu(...)

Controversies have pointed to a lack of transparency in the service over admission of errors, most recently in the scandal over baby deaths in Portlaoise hospital. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has admitted he is abandoning a promise to force doctors to admit to the mistakes they make. Mr Varadkar promised a (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will not enter coalition with Fine Gael because it would leave Sinn Féin in “pole position” to lead a future government, one of the party’(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  “We have 70 candidates contesting the election, by far the largest list of any Opposition party.” Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will claim at his party’s 77th ardfheis in Dublin today that it is possible for his party to form an alternative gov(...)