Kathleen Lynch: there is a need for “an integrated approach across community, residential and other service areas”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch said she was concerned that waiting times on the nursing home fair deal scheme were running at about 15 w(...)

Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to postpone charging school transport fees for families who are still waiting on the outcome of their discretionary medical card review.

Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to postpone charging school transport fees for families who are still waiting on the outcome of their discre(...)

Fianna Fail disability spokesman Colm Keaveney said the decision by the Department of Environment to stop funding an advocacy service for deaf people  “defies logic”.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A decision by the Department of Environment to stop funding an advocacy service for deaf people is to be debated in the Dáil today.Fianna Fail TD John(...)

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch: said she had not ignored psychiatrists’ concerns but had passed information on to the HSE. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Carlow-Kilkenny-South Tipperary mental health service is one of the best resourced services in the country, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch ha(...)

A shrine set up at the site of what is believed to be the location of a mass grave of up to 800 children in the grounds of the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, Co Galwy. Photograph: EPA

A statutory commission of investigation is to be set up by the Government into issues in religious-run mother and baby homes across the State. The dec(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan ordered the preliminary exercise following disclosures that almost 800 infants and young children had died in the Bon Secours home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan will today brief his Cabinet colleagues on progress in a scoping examination of high mortality rates, burial(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire 3:33

The Government has said it is willing to broaden inquiries into the deaths of hundreds of infants and children in a Tuam mother-and-baby home to ot(...)

In a statement last night, Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary said while the archdiocese would co-operate with any inquiry, it did not have any involvement in the running of the home and had no records in its archives.

There is growing pressure on the Government to hold a full historical inquiry into the deaths of almost 800 children in a mother and baby home in T(...)

The site of the mother-and-baby home, in Tuam. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 1:57

The Government is giving “active consideration” to addressing the issue of children who died many years ago in mother and baby homes. Minister for Chi(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on Mental Health, Colm Keaveney has insisted there was no 24-hour security at the largest psychiatric unit in the west of the country, in addition to overcrowding, a lack of beds and patients being discharged too early.
Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Safety officers yesterday began an inspection of the largest psychiatric unit in the West.Officials from the Health and Safety Authority arrived at th(...)