Once overcrowding has reached a specific critical level, or any patient is waiting longer than nine hours in the emergency department, the hospital will be obliged to take certain steps. File photograph: Frank Miller

Hospitals are to be fined €10,000 each time they breach a new directive aimed at cutting overcrowding in emergency departments. The money(...)

The man, who was in his 20s, died in  Terminal 2 on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A man who died while in custody at Dublin Airport had been refused permission to enter the State and was awaiting deportation. The Garda Ombudsman sai(...)

An aerial view of the site for the new National Children’s Hospital at the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin.

An Bord Pleanála is to consider calls from objectors to the proposed National Children’s Hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin for the live-stream(...)

The revelation a 91-year-old patient had spent 29 hours on a trolley at Tallaght hospital had generated banner headlines, which grew larger when it emerged that the hospital had ordered an investigation into the leak. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was at the end of a long working day and, more relevantly, a very long week in the life of their workplace, when the consultants of Tallaght hos(...)

 Ireland had the worst rate of asthma of 32 countries surveyed in an OECD report. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish health outcomes are among the worst in the western world, despite improvements in recent years, according to an OECD report. Ireland ranks in th(...)

A three-hour stoppage, the second in two weeks, is planned from 6am-9am on Friday by drivers who are members of Siptu and the NBRU. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hopes of averting an Iarnród Éireann strike planned for this Friday receded on Monday after unions accused the company of trying to undermine their(...)

A further three-hour rail stoppage is planned for  Friday, November 6th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Rail drivers will have to drive more, and some jobs may be lost to achieve a desired pay rise and reduced working week, according to a briefing (...)

About 40,000 passengers had their travel plans disrupted on Friday by a three-hour strike by train drivers; another similar stoppage is planned for Friday, November 6th. Photograph: Frank Miller

Trade unions have warned further strike action on the railways is inevitable unless there is a change in approach by management at Iarnród Éireann. (...)

The HPRA has completed its precautionary recall  of chemotherapy medicines compounded at the Fannin Compounding plant over a two-week period. As a result, the number of potentially contaminated units has reduced to eight. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

No reports of adverse reactions have been received from patients at the centre of a contaminated chemotherapy scare, or from their doctors, according (...)

Passengers from Athlone, on a train which departed before 6am,   arrive at  Hueston Station on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Trade union Siptu has warned that further strike action on the country’s railways is inevitable unless there is change in approach by management at Ia(...)