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 (...)

Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White TD, with Dr Susan O’Reilly , National Director, NCCP, at the launch of St Luke’s Hospital becoming a “Tobacco Free Campus” in Rathgar, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The head of the HSE’s national cancer control programme has described claims by the tobacco industry that increased cigarette prices lead to increased(...)

The average cigarette contains over 60 cancer-causing agents and other chemicals designed to get young people addicted, an Irish Cancer Society conference has been told. Photograph: Reuters

Tobacco companies are adding chemicals to cigarettes specifically to get young people addicted, one of the country’s leading scientists has claimed.Pr(...)

New research emanating from the US has sparked fresh debate about whether certain forms of cancer should be classified as cancers at all.The issue has(...)