Paul Gallagher SC argues in a new book that the seriousness and extent of the challenges posed by EU law are not widely understood by the public, politicians or lawyers. Photographer: Paul O’Driscoll

Recent EU treaty changes have had much less significance for Ireland than the “regular and automatic” changes brought about by new laws from Brussels(...)

Bimbo Paden faces three charges of professional misconduct before the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell

A nurse who placed tape over a patient’s mouth in a Sligo hospital has described what he did as “an act of stupidity”. Bimbo Paden, a Filipino nurse a(...)

The issue of patient dependency levels has dominated the second day of the fitness to practise hearing into nurse Bimbo Paden (above) before the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell

A nurse who placed surgical tape over a patient’s mouth was overworked and stressed at the time of the incident, a disciplinary hearing has been to(...)

Bimbo Paden: said something to the effect of “it’s only been on for a minute”, according to nurse Tracey Ryan. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell

A male nurse “half-smiled” like he had been “caught in the act” after taping a patient’s mouth, a nursing colleague yesterday told the inquiry arisin(...)

A  nurse who placed tape over a patient’s mouth accepts he is guilty of professional misconduct, an inquiry heard today.

A nurse who placed tape over a patient’s mouth accepts he is guilty of professional misconduct, an inquiry heard today.Bimbo Paden, a Filipino nurse (...)

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

The Seanad reform campaign group Democracy Matters has criticised the Government for the delay in implementing change to the State’s Upper House. In t(...)

The dispute between the HSE and the St Vincent’s healthcare group centres on whether consultants employed in the public hospitals on a particular contract known as type B can engage in practice in the group’s private facility.

The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has said it disagrees with the HSE over whether consultants paid by the exchequer and employed in its public (...)

St. Vincent’s hospital, Elm Park, Dublin: HSE director general Mr O’Brien said it was essential there was “absolute clarity” in relation to governance across the whole of the St Vincent’s Hospital group, in particular as this relates to public hospitals.

The HSE is seeking a clear separation between the public and private hospitals on the St Vincent’s campus in south (...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: In a letter to the chairman of the St Vincent’s Hospital Group, Mr O’Brien set a deadline of today for it to reply to demands. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The HSE is planning to cut all capital or development funding to St Vincent’s and St Michael’s hospitals in south(...)