The Medical Protection Society, which provides indemnity cover for 16,000 Irish doctors, says “gravy train” legal fees are driving up health costs for patients and forcing doctors to join the “brain drain” leaving Ireland.

Legal fees in most medical negligence cases should be capped to 20 per cent of the award and tough financial penalties imposed on lawyers who bring fo(...)

Some of the staff outside Mount Carmel Hospital. Photograph: David Sleator

On Friday, January 24th, the High Court appointed provisional liquidators to close Mount Carmel, the private hospital in Dublin. The announcement caug(...)

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(...)

The family of a woman who died of multi-organ failure seven days after she had a hysterectomy at Mount Carmel private hospital in Dublin has secured €560,000 in settlement of their High Court action. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The family of a woman who died of multi-organ failure seven days after she had a hysterectomy at Mount Carmel private hospital in Dublin has secured €(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Declan and Helena O’Shea with twins Theon and Asha at home in Kilmihil, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Declan O’Shea was on holiday in Portugal in 2011 when he fell off a third-floor balcony while sleepwalking. He ended up in a coma for two weeks. When (...)

First-trimester screening  involves a scan and a blood test to identify a pregnant woman’s risk of foetal anomaly.Photograph: Tek Image/Science Photo Library

An increasing number of pregnant women who receive a diagnosis of a fatal foetal anomaly are travelling for abortion, a leading expert on foetal medi(...)

Paschal Taggart said the bid for Mount Carmel maternity hospital was well funded but he was unable to disclose for confidentiality reasons the exact make-up of the consortium.

An Irish and Middle East group bidding to keep Dublin’s Mount Carmel maternity hospital as a medical facility has said it will create 300 new jobs if (...)

Victorian Irish silver claret jug, made by West & Son, Dublin in 1886, which was won by EN Wynne for the 800 and 1,000 yards ranges in the Dublin Rifle Club Leinster Cup in 1888. The estimate is €1,500-€2,500 at Mealy’s.

Avoca, which is now one of Ireland’s best known retail brands, began life as a woollen mill in the Co Wicklow town of that name in the early 18(...)

The prosective sale of assets is not expected to  include the Mount Carmel hospital (pictured) in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Nama is understood to be preparing to sell real estate loans with a face value of more than €300 million as demand for property rises. The asse(...)