HSE deputy director of acute hospitals Angela Fitzgerald: says the situation is “far from ideal”  but the HSE is working on a number of short-term initiatives, including a worldwide recruitment campaign for locum transplant surgeons. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Staff shortages affecting the Republic’s kidney transplantation programme could be overcome through an all-Ireland approach, it has been suggested.In(...)

 Michael McGeady has made it to   European Tour final qualfying after finishing in a tie for 12th spot at El Saler in Valencia. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Michael McGeady proved the only successful Irish entrant to make it through the second stage of European Tour qualifying in Spain on Monday.The Nort(...)

Niall Kearney is in a tie for sixth place at the European Tour’s second qualifying stage at Lumine Beach in Tarragona . Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Niall Kearney and Michael McGeady are best placed of the eight Irish golfers battling out for a place at European Tour final qualifying going into the(...)

Shane Lowry will be hoping he can break into the the world’s top 50 over the next few weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy may be conspicuous by his absence as the only one of Europe’s triumphant 12-man Ryder Cup team not to be playing in this week’s $8.5 mil(...)

Mayo supporter Mick Barrett being removed from the pitch in the closing moments  of the Kerry-Limerick All-Ireland football semi-final in Limerick. Photograph: Inpho.

The Mayo supporter who invaded the pitch during August’s Kerry-Mayo All-Ireland football semi-final is likely to be stuck with his 12-month suspensio(...)

Mark Murphy, chief executive of the Irish Kidney Association, said changes in the medical card scheme would make people think twice about returning to work after having had a transplant, ‘so it is a false economy’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The chief executive of the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) has warned that the loss of discretionary medical cards may deter tr(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has outlined the merits of competition-based universal health insurance (UHI) to achieve universal health enti(...)

Mark Murphy , chief executive of the Irish Kidney Association said transplant teams had achieved ’outstanding results’ . Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

This year was a “record” one for organ transplants in the State which reached 293 , the Irish Kidney Association said today.There were 18 more transpl(...)

Human respiratory system with lungs and bronchial tree

The number of lung transplants carried out in Ireland increased threefold in just two years, according to new figures.The dramatically improved figure(...)

Fianna Fail senator Mark Daly: called for an early recall of the Seanad to debate the issue.

The Irish Kidney Association has expressed its disappointment with the Government’s approach to legislation on organ donation. The newly appointed cha(...)