Leo Varadkar is  expected to bring the  new plans to the Cabinet subcommittee on health when it is agreed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Additional funding will be needed to implement some of the proposals in the new plan for tackling emergency department overcrowding, Minister for Hea(...)

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show a 33% increase from February last year, and a 75% increase when compared to February 2013.

The highest ever rate of hospital overcrowding for the month of February has been recorded this year with 9,600 patients on trolleys.The figures from (...)

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(...)

Eamon Timmins of Age Action Ireland called for the findings of Beaumont’s investigation to be made public. Photograph: The Irish Times

Acute hospitals are “inappropriate” and “ill-equipped” to care for elderly patients with dementia, advocates for the elderly and nursing representativ(...)

General secretary of the INMO Liam Doran and organisation president Claire Mahon said they had a mandate from members to withdraw labour. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Union leaders have threatened an escalation in industrial action over the coming days and weeks if overcrowding in hospital emergency departments is n(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has ruled out emergency funding for the Department of Health to combat hospital overcrowding. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has ruled out emergency funding for the Department of Health to combat hospital overcrowding. The numbe(...)

The number of patients on trolleys has dropped sharply this morning after hitting record levels over the previous two days. Getty Images.

The number of patients on trolleys has dropped sharply this morning after hitting record levels over the previous two days.There are 371 patients wait(...)

Nurses at hospitals across the State are being balloted on industrial action amid concern about the impact of overcrowding on patient safety and staf(...)

A steep rise in the number of delayed discharges of patients unnecessarily occupying beds is being blamed for much of the rise in overcrowding in recent months. File phtograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Government rejected a request by the Health Service Executive before the last budget for €100 million to free up hospital beds and reduce overcrow(...)

The number of patients waiting for a hospital bed has hit record levels on the first effective working day of the New Year with 563 patients on trolleys. Getty Images

There was a further blow for the HSE on Monday with the resignation of Dr Tony O’Connell, who as director of acute hospitals has direct responsibil(...)