Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn. File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Thousands of beds in State- run nursing homes are facing closure because facilities have not been upgraded to meet new accommodation standards set by (...)

Hiqa has been assessing nursing home standards since 2009, a few years after shocking revelations about the mistreatment of older people at Leas Cross. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The long-running and politically explosive issue of substandard nursing home accommodation is coming to a head and will be decided one way or another (...)

Breastfeeding is linked to a range of health benefits for newborn babies and mothers. Photograph: Getty Images

Barely half of women giving birth in Irish maternity hospitals breastfeed at birth and one-third of these give up within a fortnight, a new nationa(...)

The Medical Council has sanctioned two doctors for inappropriate prescribing of  drugs. Photograph: PA Wire

The Medical Council has sanctioned two doctors for inappropriate prescribing of prescription drugs. Dr Mohammad Ahmed Khan has been struck off after (...)

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahoney and Bernard Daly.

It was, as one of the lawyers seeking clemency for his client said, an act involving “the stroke of one button”. Yet that simple act, an attempt to h(...)

Bernard Daly  was sentenced to two years. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

Three former executives of Anglo Irish Bank have become the first bankers to go to jail in Ireland since the economic crisis broke. Former chief opera(...)

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahoney and Bernard Daly.

Three former Anglo Irish Bank officials have been jailed for between three years and 18 months for conspiring to conceal or alter bank accounts being (...)

Minister of State at the  Department of Health Kathleen Lynch. Photograph: North West Newspix

Almost 40,000 older people can register from today for free doctor visits as the next stage of the Government’s free GP scheme is rolled out. The prov(...)

The report also flags a more optimistic future for patients due to advances in treatment. Photograph: Getty Images

At least 260 people who were infected with hepatitis C from contaminated blood products supplied by the State have died in the 20 years since the scan(...)

The HSE said it has been unable to deliver cost savings ‘because our focus has been on opening/maintaining additional bed and other capacity’.

The HSE has said it has not been able to generate savings planned for this year because it has been focussed on dealing with problems such as delayed (...)