Jonathan Irwin, co-founder of the Jack and Jill Foundation. “If ever this Government needed to take stock and listen to the views of parents of sick children regarding the location of the national children’s hospital, it is now.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Jack and Jill Foundation, which provides support for parents of extremely sick children, is opening a petition calling for the site of the new n(...)

 Jonathan Irwin  of the Jack and Jill Foundation:  “Credit where credit is due. I am glad to see the HSE being given the political and financial support via €13 million in additional funding to cover the cost of returning the medical cards”

The Government’s decision to return discretionary medical cards taken from 15,300 people with serious medical conditions has been widely welcomed.The(...)

Asked about his political future, Dr Reilly said this was “in the gift of the Taoiseach. He has to do what he feels is the right thing”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government plans to issue medical cards on the basis of medical conditions will not now take effect until legislation is passed next year, accordin(...)

Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White, acknowledged yesterday the Government had been “too slow” to move on the issue of discretionary medical cards.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Patient-support groups have vowed to keep up pressure on the Government to reinstate medical cards taken from sick children over the past two years.Th(...)

Almost a month ago, dozens of backbench Fine Gael TDs vented their anger about the medical card issue on Minister for Health James Reilly at a meeting of the parliamentary party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Of all the banana skins that tripped the Government parties up in this month’s election, the medical card issue was perhaps the most unlikely. (...)

Playful air: John Murray’s jolly front belies his ability for acute observations

In the uncertain world of radio, where positions are constantly under scrutiny and quarterly listenership figures cause ripples of anxiety, admitting (...)

Health Minister Dr James Reilly TD in 2012 announcing that  St James Hospital Dublin would be the location for the new National Children’s Hospital Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

A group of healthcare professionals led by hospital developer and consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jimmy Sheehan has announced proposals to build the ne(...)

 Jonathan Irwin, chief executive of the Jack and Jill Foundation and with John and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward. Photograph:  Alan Betson

In November 2012, I was at the Jack and Jill office when I had a rectal bleed in the bathroom. Although I was scared, I was like most men and was too (...)

Lorraine Dempsey of the Special Needs Parents Association: said parents who had actively fundraised for the organisation did so in the belief that money raised would give their children a better chance of accessing services.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Charities have reported a drop in donations which they have attributed to revelations that money raised through fundraising were used to top up paymen(...)

 Dylan Gardiner and his mother Caroline. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of two babies highlighted this week in The Irish Times who could not go home from hospital because the HSE had not sanctioned safe homecare pac(...)