Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  “We are moving away from an ambulance service that is just about transporting people to hospital, to one which ensures that they are given emergency treatment by paramedics, both in their homes and at the roadside.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It will never be possible to have an ambulance, a squad car and fire engine at every crossroads, village and town, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar h(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: “Rarely did we get the attention of our national broadcaster and national media generally, yet we     had severe flooding that impacted across all of Monaghan  and in Cavan.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Terms of reference for the body to oversee the river Shannon will be published next week, the Taoiseach has said. Introducing the Shannon River Basin(...)

 Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin quoted from a newspaper interview with  Tony O’Brien and said the health service has no plan, no money and no vision. Photograph: The Irish Times

The introduction of universal healthcare will take two government terms to implement and could cost €30 billion, Sinn Féin has said. The party launch(...)

Gerry Adams: repeatedly refused to rule out a coalition with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is more likely to enter coalition with Labour than Fianna Fáil after the general election, Sinn Féin TDs have said, insisting that they wou(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch: “It is not acceptable for patients in these categories to be subject to a charge for procedures associated with routine diagnosis and treatment.”  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch has warned GPs they are not entitled to charge medical card patients for blood tests unde(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin was speaking during a debate on the final stages of the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said he objected to private health insurance in principle. “At its core, it is immoral that people c(...)

Pearse McAuley leaves Cavan Courthouse following his sentencing for the Christmas 2014 attack on his wife Pauline Tully. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan.

While now beginning a long prison term for an act of extreme domestic violence that left his estranged wife lucky to survive, Pearse McAuley (50) bec(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “The research and the work done by the ESRI and others clearly indicates that the model that was studied is not affordable now or ever because of the very large premiums that would be imposed on families or the subsided that the exchequer would have to foot the bill for if we were to go down that route.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the method of universal health insurance (UHI) proposed by his predecessor James Reilly is “not affordable,(...)

Leo Varadkar: “The growing and ageing population is causing a small but relentless increase in demand year on year”

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he often sees overcrowded emergency departments but empty beds in wards when he makes unannounced v(...)

A severe shortage of nurses is a major cause of patients on trolleys in the State’s hospitals, Sinn F éin health spokesman Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin said. (...)