The argument began on Monday when Dublin City Council announced that the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance call and dispatch function would be transferred into the HSE’s control later this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Members of the trade union Impact who work in the Dublin Fire Brigade have said they are considering a ballot for industrial action after it was annou(...)

Leo Varadkar: Was unconvinced that sponsorship of sporting events increased overall consumption. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister for tourism and sport Leo Varadkar argued there was “no evidence” that a ban on sports sponsorship by drinks companies would help tack(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he expects the Health Service Executive to put in place a plan to deal with overpayments or incorrect expens(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Leopardstown races. Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farme

Over-35s who don’t have health insurance are being urged to take out cover now or else face more expensive premiums when new rules come into place fro(...)

Leo Varadkar said some people consider health insurance to be as important as home insurance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It is possible to get to a point where more than half the population has voluntary health insurance, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.Mr Vara(...)

 Dr Helen Buckley: chair of National Review Panel in 2013 that revealed  almost 40 children and young people died while in State care in 2011 and 2012

The Health and Information Quality Authority (Hiqa) has published new standards designed to ensure children in State care are safe and get adequate su(...)

A cross-Border cardiac treatment centre is to be be establised at our Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

The soon-to-be appointed Northern Ireland Water chairman Dr Len O’Hagan will lead the implementation of an All-Ireland cardiac treatment centre in Dub(...)

Merchants Quay Ireland and the National Family Support Network, both organisations that work with those affected by drug use, will submit a petition about the issue to Minister for Health Leo Varadka on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Drug overdoses lead to one death every day in Ireland according to reform advocates seeking a “greater urgency” from the Government on the issue. On T(...)

 Brendan O’Brien of Siptu said: “This is an issue where, for too long, two agencies refused to address the issue. The relationship has been characterised by competition, inter services rivalries. Somebody has to intervene and say this is not good enough we need to put patients safety first.” Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Members of the trade union Siptu working in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are to ballot for industrial action in response to moves to transfer parts o(...)

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said it would continue its campaign until the registration fee was reduced to last year’s level of €100. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland are meeting to review the 50 per cent increase in registration fees for nurses for this year. There is(...)