Micheál Martin: “More people at risk of dying in our hospitals before the Government decides to get to grips with it”

The Government was accused by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of having no sense of urgency about the increased risk of people dying in hospitals du(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said there had been criticism of the Health Service Executive and the school’s board of management. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Education was among agencies criticised in an Ombudsman for Children report on allegations of sexual and physical abuse in an Irish(...)

Tom Fleming (Independent):    The technical group’s representative in the Dáil said  many staff in the sector were on low wages and had temporary contracts. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

An interdepartmental group examining childcare services will report to the Government in six months, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Nat(...)

Derek Brockwell, who was recaptured by police outside a pub in Belfast city centre. Irish Prison Service/PA

Minister Alex White denied a lack of Garda resources was responsible for the incident in which two prison officers were stabbed by a prisoner escapi(...)

Senators criticised Ibec and the US Chamber of Commerce for joining a major cigarette company in opposing the introduction of plain packaging for ciga(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘strong case’ for training fire crews to do ambulance service work. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Seanad there was “a strong case’’ for training fire crews to do ambulance service work.“That makes a lot of(...)

Paschal Donohoe: said there were problems with blanket speed limits and those best able to define a residential area were the local authorities and councillors. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has accepted the principle of a Sinn Féin proposal for mandatory 20km/h limit in residential areas He was resp(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the hospital trolley problem was not something which could be fixed overnight and the Government did not have endless resources. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The problem of patients on hospital trolleys would have been fixed years ago, if it was a question of money, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dail.“I(...)

The Taoiseach and Gerry Adams disagreed on the number of patients on trolleys, with Adams saying the number was 472.

Some 400 people were on hospital trolleys at 8 am on Wednesday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.“That will, obviously, decline during the course of(...)

 Clare Daly TD, who said to Enda Kenny: “How dare you attempt to have the arrogance to interpret the Constitution when it is only something our courts can do?”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent TD Clare Daly’s Bill allowing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality was defeated by 104 votes to 20, with Sinn Féin’s abstenti(...)