Minister for Health Leo Varadkar photographed during a visit to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise in  May. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Complex surgical procedures are to be moved out of the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise and the opening hours of its emergency department are e(...)

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty outside the Dáil. Ms Doherty has called for investigations into each of the baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The cases of each of the families who lost a baby at Portlaoise hospital should be individually investigated to determine exactly how the loss of life(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: said the executive “accepts” and was committed to implementing all eight recommendations made in a highly critical Hiqa report.  Photograph: David Sleator.

The Health Service Executive has said it is satisfied that current maternity services at Portlaoise hospital are “very safe”. HSE director gene(...)

Dr Susan O’Reilly,  chief executive of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, has given assurances that all five departments at Portlaoise hospital will remain open. Photograph: Frank Miller

There are no plans to rationalise services at Portlaoise hospital despite the problems identified in its maternity and emergency departments, accordi(...)

Department chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan had recommended in his report that the Portlaoise unit be placed under the governance of the Coombe in order to provide quality and safe healthcare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

The maternity unit at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is to be placed under the control of one of the big Dublin maternity hospitals, in a(...)

The danger within: the survival rate for lung-cancer patients has increased from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Illustration: Sciepro/SPL/Getty

We’ve got cancer licked. More and more people are getting cancer. Lifestyle plays a big role. Actually, it’s more down to luck.You don’t have to look (...)

Sir Anthony O’Reilly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Susan O’Reilly, the former wife of Sir Anthony O’Reilly, has died in London. Ms O’Reilly, née Cameron, married the Irish businessman in 1962. The pair(...)

Dr Susan O’Reilly: taking over as chief executive of the Dublin-Midlands Hospitals Group. Photograph: Frank Miller

The new chief executive of the group of public hospitals in Dublin and the midlands will be paid nearly €220,000 a year, it has emerged.The HSE said(...)

In its recent briefing material for Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, the Department of Health said it was in consultation with the HSE reagarding the need for a further evaluation of the market place to establish its capacity to recruit and retain candidates of the calibre required in the context of a 5-year contract term.

A number of senior HSE managers are to be re-deployed on a two-year contract basis to fill key vacant chief executive positions in its new hospital gr(...)

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, last July. Photograph: Eric Luke.

A planned expansion of cancer facilities at St James’s Hospital has been deferred because of the construction of the national children’s hospital on (...)