Tasks previously carried out by doctors which will be taken over by nurses are first dose medication, IV cannulation, phlebotomy and delegated discharge. File photograph: Getty Images

Nurses are expected to receive a pay boost of about €20 per week as part of a new deal which will see them taking over some roles traditionally carrie(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said party priorities include the introduction of a tax on sugar sweetened drinks and the phasing out of alcohol sponsorship in sport. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has promised to recruit an extra 4,000 nurses, 500 consultants and 250 GPs over five years to boost the performance of the health service.(...)

Speaking at an Identity Ireland launch in Cork, Peter O’Loughlin said he was startled by the ferocity of the attack which occurred in Dublin last week prior to the launch of Pegida Ireland. He had also planned to hold an anti-Islam rally. Screengrab from Identity Ireland website.

The chairman of Identity Ireland who was hospitalised after being hit in the head with a blunt object while travelling on the Luas has condemned the m(...)

‘There are only two things that will keep me here in Ireland. One is my family, and the second is my blind stupid faith, that surely, surely things have to improve.’

Dear candidate, I appreciated you taking the time to talk to me today. When you stopped by canvassing for the elections, I asked you about your views(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has provided a breakdown of the additional 10,000 gardaí, teachers, doctors, nurses and other frontline staff Fine Gael is promising by 2021. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has provided a breakdown of the additional 10,000 gardaí, teachers, doctors, nurses and other frontline staff Fine Gael is promis(...)

 Minister Varadkar says that his comments were aimed at management, not doctors and nurses.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar has insisted that he was not talking about doctors and nurses when he called for greater efficiency in the hospital (...)

Minister Leo Varadkar said: ‘I also believe in free speech and I think we need to allow people to say things that maybe we don’t like to hear’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has expressed concern at the establishment of an Irish branch of anti-Islamic group Pegida. He also condemned the v(...)

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Cllr Máire Devine, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams TD and Cllr Darren O’Rourke at the launch of a billboard campaign outside the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin had a good start to the campaign last week and took credit for highlighting the confusion over the Government’s figures on the fiscal space.(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

 Leo Varadkar  said opinion polls clearly showed it was “still all to play for” in advance of the February 26th general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Sunday night reiterated his opposition to any coalition deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil even if it would me(...)