Sinn Féin’s health and children spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin put the issue of child poverty before Minister for Children Dr James Reilly in the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Child poverty increased in Ireland from 18 per cent to 28.6 per cent between the years 2008 and 2012, Sinn Féin health and children spokesman Caoimhgh(...)

Gerry Adams: getting a chilly response. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

What do Gerry Adams and the pope have in common? To their true believers, they are infallible. There was a strange atmosphere in the chamber yesterday(...)

Health workers spray each other with disinfectant after they removed the body of a woman suspected of dying from Ebola  in Monrovia, Liberia, yesterday.

The National Virus Reference Laboratory has tested 18 samples from 12 patients with reported symptoms of Ebola and a relevant travel history, but all (...)

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health and James O’Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the core elements of the Government’s health policy are in “freefall”.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the core elements of the Government’s health policy are in “freefall”. Mr Ó Caoláin de(...)

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said he never bought or read the Sunday Independent, which reported yesterday that party fundraisers covered the €10,000 cost of the flights.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald would not have been directly involved in buying business clas(...)

 Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health: “A lot of people are commenting on this case with passion and conviction but without knowing all the facts.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said some of those commenting on the latest abortion controversy do not know all the facts of the case.He told T(...)

The number of patients on trolleys at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has doubled in the past year, figures for July show. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The number of patients on trolleys in some hospital emergency departments is “a real problem”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has admitted.Respondin(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: said much would depend on the terms of reference presented to the Dáil in the autumn

The appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy as chairwoman of the forthcoming commission of inquiry into mother-and-baby homes has been questioned in the D(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Government to commit to an annual allocation of €35 million for the development of community mental health teams and to properly resource mental health services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MARIE O’HALLORAN The State’s treatment of some sectors of society is damaging their mental health, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoim(...)

 Jonathan Irwin  of the Jack and Jill Foundation:  “Credit where credit is due. I am glad to see the HSE being given the political and financial support via €13 million in additional funding to cover the cost of returning the medical cards”

The Government’s decision to return discretionary medical cards taken from 15,300 people with serious medical conditions has been widely welcomed.The(...)