The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Co Laois. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Department of Health and the HSE wanted to see key services at the troubled Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise closed down in June 2014, but (...)

Richard Bruton: spokesman said  ensuring an adequate supply of skilled workers was a key objective of the Government. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has introduced reforms to the work permit system to address skills shortages. As part of the moves that came in yesterday, some occupa(...)

Nurses claim the scale of overcrowding in hospital emergency departments last month was 40 per cent higher than in August of last year. Image: Thinkstock.

The provision of additional staff, beds and funding has not yet reduced the level of hospital overcrowding, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.(...)

HSE  director general Tony O’Brien said that about €1.4 billion in additional funding would be required to maintain the existing levels of service

The HSE is seeking Government to provide an additional €84.5 million for hospitals next year and to recruit over 1,800 additional staff. It is also (...)

The Government has consistently refused to publish the details of these “side deals”. Photograph: Getty Images

Senior nursing executives in the new hospital groups established by the Government are to receive pay increases of €600 a month. The increases for di(...)

An Intercity train. File photograph: Irish Rail/Iarnród Éireann

State-owned train operator Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) is likely to face bankruptcy if it loses the right to run services as a result of proposed ch(...)

Mr Justice George Birmingham: “That recently appointed judges are being treated less favourably than other entrants to the public service is invidious.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Association of Judges of Ireland has suggested to Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin that newly appointed judges are the subject of “(...)

  Ged  Nash: measures bring Irish law into line with recent rulings of the EU Court of Justice. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Staff on long-term sick leave will be able to accrue holiday entitlements for the period they are off work under a Government initiative. Under leg(...)

The pancreas transplant programme will recommence in St Vincent’s University Hospital in September subject to a suitable donor recipient match being a(...)

A file image showing Iarnród Éireann taking delivery of a new intercity railcar carriage in 2011. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Train unions representing staff in Iarnród Éireann have said they will strongly oppose proposals put forward by the EU Commission that the contract to(...)