Minister Leo Varadkar said additional money was being provided for community beds, under the fair deal scheme, to free hospitals of the current level of delayed discharges.

Hospital managers and chief financial officers were told by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to “get to grips’’ with administration in the coming mont(...)

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(...)

Professor Frank Murray, president of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland, believes tackling the pricing and availability of alcohol is the most effective way to deal with overconsumption. Picture by Fergal Phillips.

The minimum price of a unit of alcohol should be the same as a litre of milk at €1, a liver specialist at Beaumont Hospital has recommended. Pr(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking at the party’s ardfheis in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:04

Sinn Féin members have voted by a sizeable majority in favour of giving women the choice to have an abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.As a(...)

Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin: “there is no evidence of any country in which a competitive insurance system has kept costs under control”

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar expects to have an estimate of the cost of universal health insurance (UHI) in April.He said the Department of Healt(...)

Party figures have cast doubt over recent opinion polls that show Sinn Féin hovering around the mid-20s and claim their own internal polls put the party around 20 per cent. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is planning on having an election candidate selected in every constituency by next month and is considering running two candidates in a numb(...)

 Fine Gael TD Jim Daly:  “That is how society taught that young woman and her extended family to react to probably one of the greatest and most exciting and brilliant times in people’s lives, when they discover they are pregnant and will create a life.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cork South West Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said he was “haunted” by the story of a woman who had carried a sack of potatoes on her back in an attempt to en(...)

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(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter says all that was learned from the Irish peace process should be brought to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael minister for justice Alan Shatter has distanced himself from the Government’s acceptance of a Sinn Féin motion recognising the right(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says there are “fundamental issues that go to the heart of what happened at Áras Attracta that need independent investigation, separate from the HSE and Hiqa”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is not ruling out an independent inquiry into the mistreatment of residents at the Áras Attracta disability centre (...)