Ryanair: European Commission  ordered Ryanair to repay more than €300,000 paid by a German airport to sustain the Irish budget airline’s business, ruling it amounted to illegal state aid. Photograph: AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik

During September and October there have been some interesting decisions made by both the European Commission and the European Court of Justice. On Oct(...)

There is an extra €25 million to take the pressure off hospitals by dealing with delayed discharges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What a difference a year makes; this time last year a hang-dog James Reilly presided over a post-budget press conference that was as depressing as pol(...)

The Dáil has passed the budgetary increase in tobacco.Minister for Children Dr James Reilly said the measure was an important part of achieving a toba(...)

When the scheme is fully implemented, children’s heart surgery for the whole of the island will take place at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ministers for Health in the North and South have endorsed proposals to establish an all-Ireland children’s heart surgery centre in Dublin.The current (...)

Nature’s way: The refurbished playground in Merrion Square, Dublin, which is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story The Selfish Giant

Swings and roundabouts: What playground do you favour, and why? Email swayman@irishtimes.com or comment on the article below. We hope to publish a (...)

Michael Dowling is an Irishman running a large healthcare group in the New York area

If a certain beer company did health services, they would most probably do them without making people wait. But they don’t – and so we are stuck wi(...)

Dr Reilly said in children, “exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke is a recognised risk factor for the development of asthmatic symptoms and increased the risk of other illnesses”. File photograph: Bloomberg

The European Commission has made “no negative comment” on Ireland’s legislation to introduce plain packaging on cigarette packets, Minister for Childr(...)

In May 2012, then minister for health Dr James Reilly described the proposed patient safety authority as “a key component” of his health reform programme. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has dropped plans to establish a patient safety authority on a statutory basis, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed.The authority was (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar yesterday taking questions from the media about waiting lists and medical cards. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Waiting lists may be hell for patients, but for politicians and managers they are one of the clearest measures of performance in a health service. (...)

Almost two years after details of a new after-school childcare scheme were announced, just over 100 children are availing of it

An ambitious Government plan to provide thousands of after-school places for children of parents returning to the workforce has resulted in just a (...)