The Health Information and Quality Authority has appointed Phelim Quinn as its new chief executive. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Health Information and Quality Authority has appointed Phelim Quinn as its new chief executive. Mr Quinn has been acting as interim chief e(...)

Outgoing Hiqa chief executive Tracey Cooper: “I wouldn’t say we were the safest [health service]. We still have quite a long way to go.” Photograph: Eric Luke

After eight years running a rule over the Irish health service, the head of the State’s health watchdog has some good things to say about the syste(...)

  Dr Tracey Cooper:  chief executive of Hiqa is critical of many aspects of the health service and says Ireland has “quite a long way to go” to reach the safety levels found in the best systems internationally. Photograph: Eric Luke

The health service lacks accountability, is not sufficiently patient focused, fails to learn from its mistakes and “doesn’t know how many patients it (...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

 Kathleen Lynch: said the authority was “very reasonable”

The health services safety watchdog has said it will not change how it applies official standards which State-run nursing homes around the country wil(...)