Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said latest figures would show waiting lists rising – “and they will continue to rise for a number of months, not least because we have had to cancel so many elective surgeries this month”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Long-term waiting lists for inpatient and day case procedures will be eliminated by the end of the year, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has pledged(...)

Relative to previous years, flu rates remain low but are expected to increase over the coming weeks and the virus is expected to circulate for the next six to eight weeks. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

High-risk groups should get vaccinated against influenza following a doubling of the number of cases last week, the Health Service Executive has advis(...)

A flu outbreak could impact on overcrowding in emergency departments, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A flu outbreak is underway and could impact on overcrowding in hospital emergency departments, according to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Mr Varda(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: acknowledged the emergency department problem was “serious, real and cannot go on”. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is a more fundamental problem in a number of Irish hospitals than “money and staff”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.Highlig(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton  (centre) at the publication of the IDA 2014 end of year update on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Overcrowding in the health service is not a new problem and will not be solved by money alone, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has said. Speaking aft(...)

Leo Varadkar: says he has no interest in making things look either better or worse than they are. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has acknowledged that thousands of patients are languishing on unpublished waiting lists for scans and other tests bu(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE)has said the practice of “tandem burials” in which the bodies of dead infants were placed in the coffins of unrelate(...)

 TD Jerry Buttimer: “His attendance was a symbolic gesture and sent a powerful message of support for what we are doing.” Photograph: Andres Poveda

Did the Taoiseach know where he was going on Tuesday night?Or was he unwittingly inveigled into that gay drinking emporium by his Cork South Central T(...)

Kathleen Lynch: said the State would have €635 million more to spend next year than in 2014

The Health Service Executive could start 2015 with a deficit of €85 million despite increased funding next year, Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy K(...)

 Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney believes  to go back to a situation where 34 local authorities were doing their own thing  would “be naive at best”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water is “important, necessary and the right structure” to deliver water into the future, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said.He al(...)