Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

The annual cost of universal health insurance (UHI) to cover a standard package of benefits for one adult could be between €2,000 and €3,000, external(...)

A couple takes part in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Getty 2:12

O’Connell Street, host to numerous protests against austerity and water charges in recent months, gave way to unbridled joy on Saturday as upwards of (...)

 Joan Burton: The Labour Party is fully committed to UHI, though not at any cost. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has criticised some of the models put forward for universal health insurance (UHI)as potentially very expensive. Ms Burton was sp(...)

From left, Patricia Doherty, SNA, with Cian Corrigan-Griffin and his mother, Niamh Corrigan, at the ABC Club pre-school in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke

A bunch of preschoolers are dunking their toy cars into dishes of bright coloured paint and then gleefully running the wheels across blank pages of(...)

Leo Varadkar: ‘One of best things about general practice in Ireland is that they are independent, autonomous practitioners with different sources of funding.’ Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Minister for Health says he favours the return of a former scheme whereby people paying PRSI could recoup some of the costs of their dental care.(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “I am aware that there are concerns being expressed by a number of groups with regard to the position of young persons and children.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Children James Reilly has disagreed with Tánaiste Joan Burton on the recently published Gender Recognition Bill as it relates to children(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is looking at other models of UHI such as single payer insurance, as well as a model funded fully through taxation using social insurance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is looking at major alternatives to the plans for universal health insurance (UHI) put forward last year by his prede(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Kiya O’Connor at the launch of the online registration system for  free GP care for children under six at St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Parents have signed up more than 10,000 children on the first day of the Government’s free GP care for under-sixes scheme, despite the dedicated websi(...)

The HSE has apologised to a patient who suffered a serious adverse incident in Cavan General Hospital ’s maternity  unit. The incident did not involve the death of a baby. File photograph: Getty Images

A major review of the maternity unit of Cavan General Hospital is to begin on Wednesday following concerns over the deaths of four babies since 2012. (...)

Commissions of investigations came into being in 2004 when an Act of the same name passed through the Dáil. Photograph: Getty Images

Commissions of investigations came into being in 2004 when an Act of the same name passed through the Dáil. Then minister for justice Michael McDowel(...)