Seagulls above the boardwalk on Dublin’s quays. It could be argued that the city’s seagulls are more highly evolved than those in other parts of the country. Photograph: The Irish Times

Seagulls, is it? It must be frustrating to be a Senator intent on getting loads of work done and trying to reform the system from within. You toil day(...)

Minister  of State Kathleen Lynch: “It is the first step along the way to ensuring that all our citizens have GP cover.”    Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Minister for Health has removed the “gagging clause” in the legislation providing free GP care for children under six. The Health (General Practi(...)

Professor John Crown said the primary loyalty of any health care provider should be to their patient, not to the system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad yesterday on the Bill providing for free GP care for children under six years.Independent(...)

James Reilly: ‘With us being the first country in Europe to do this, smuggling would be extremely difficult because they are different from everything else that is available in Europe.’ Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Smuggling cigarettes would be extremely difficult in Ireland once plain packaging was introduced because they would look very different from everythi(...)

Mattress Mick, who was hailed by a desperate Tubridy as “the stuff of legend”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The sunshine may be giving the country a much-needed fillip, but not everyone welcomes the summer. Ryan Tubridy (2FM, weekdays), for one, bemoans the (...)

Outgoing Hiqa chief executive Tracey Cooper: “I wouldn’t say we were the safest [health service]. We still have quite a long way to go.” Photograph: Eric Luke

After eight years running a rule over the Irish health service, the head of the State’s health watchdog has some good things to say about the syste(...)

Enda Kenny: speaking in the Seanad on the establishment of an inquiry into the recording of phone calls in Garda stations. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed that in the past two weeks he received a number of correspondences alleging wrongdoing by ga(...)

Senator John Crown said Mr Lawless had provided “very plausible evidence” to the committee

A patient advocate was warned that he might be in breach of parliamentary privilege for naming a hospital at (...)

The Bills proposed by Katherine Zappone, among others, have been vetted for constitutional compliance. Photograph: Alan Betson

At one level it is welcome that at least in some political parties and corners of the media a substantial debate has begun on the practicalities of wi(...)

It’s been more than four months since the Seanad referendum, and demands for a new reformed chamber do not seem to be going away. The Government’s off(...)