A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varad(...)

A Bank of Ireland sales manager with an “exemplary record” who was dismissed for “gross misconduct” over “inappropriate” and pornographic emails sent from his personal bank email has won a six year battle for his reinstatement.   Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins.

A Bank of Ireland sales manager with an “exemplary record” who was dismissed for “gross misconduct” over “inappropriate” and pornographic emails sent (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly with an example of how plain packaging would look. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A distributor of a number of well-known tobacco brands has argued before the Commercial Court that Ireland, as a member of the EU, cannot unilaterally(...)

The waiting list for outpatient appointments has been increasing since the beginning of 2014 and by the end of last month it had reached 405,501, according to the National Purchase Treatment Fund. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Numbers of people waiting for an outpatient appointment has exceeded 400,000 for the first time, new figures show.The waiting list for outpatient appo(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has told an Impact trade union conference that she intends to tackle working conditions for special needs assistants (SNAs) in schools. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has promised to tackle working conditions for special needs assistants (SNAs) in schools.She also said the Gove(...)

 The Hiqa report revealed the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise was removed from a list of 10 small hospitals to be downgraded from 24-hour facilities in 2011. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said it is his “duty” to advocate “grade one” services at Portlaoise hospital in his constituency(...)

Hiqa stands its ground

There has been too much official ducking and diving because of a highly critical report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) concern(...)

Few would deny that money devoted to early childcare and parental support is well spent. Studies by the OECD have found that Irish child-minding costs(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien contends the draft report is unfair, lacks specific details, is inaccurate in some respects and fails to give reasons for its findings. Photograph: The Irish Times

It is clear now from the trenchant criticisms levelled at the Health Service Executive, as revealed in The Irish Times on Tuesday, why that organisati(...)

Former minister for health James Reilly told an Oireachtas health committee it was not Government policy to change Portlaoise to a model-2 hospital because it had maternity and paediatric units. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government “determined” Portlaoise hospital should have 24-hour surgery and critical care but did not ensure it was safely resourced to provide th(...)