Dr James Reilly: “If a bully tries to intimidate you with actions, you should stand firm and be true to what you believe to be right.”

Ireland is on the verge of being the first EU country to pass a law paving the way for the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes, Minister fo(...)

‘It does feel oddly European.’ Darragh Murphy on Lancaster Quay. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision 2:47

Last July Alan Kelly, then minister of state for public transport, unveiled a new bike-share system for Cork, Galway and Limerick. Coming five year(...)

 Clare Daly TD, who said to Enda Kenny: “How dare you attempt to have the arrogance to interpret the Constitution when it is only something our courts can do?”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent TD Clare Daly’s Bill allowing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality was defeated by 104 votes to 20, with Sinn Féin’s abstenti(...)

Anne Ferris said “I don’t know if there will be others with me” in defying the Labour whip. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Labour TD is expected to vote against the Government and support a bill calling for abortion to be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities(...)

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Legislation on fatal foetal abnormalities should be considered by the constitutional convention, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.He(...)

 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(...)