Of the many places from which to observe the Irish health service, the flat of your back is one of the worst. Too often at this moment, when patien(...)

The Irish Times reported that 15 of the 65 stepdown beds were empty last week because of a reluctance by patients to cross the Liffey for convalescent care.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Empty beds at the newly reopened Mount Carmel community hospital in south Dublin are to be reallocated in response to difficulties getting patients to(...)

A migrant holds a sign in front of Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the number of asylum-seekers to be received by Ireland could surpass the figure of 1,800 suggested by Minister for Justi(...)

A bed without an occupant in   Mount Carmel Community Hospital on the day of  its  opening  in Churchtown, Co Dublin, September 3rd, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Up to one-quarter of the beds in the newly reopened Mount Carmel community hospital in south Dublin lay empty last week because of a reluctance of nor(...)

Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Portlaoise hospital is the health controversy that refuses to go away. Ever since revelations almost two years ago about baby deaths in the maternity(...)

Dr Maura Pidgeon. Photograph: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), Dr Maura Pidgeon, is to resign from her position in order to move to the pri(...)

Patients have been paying up to €500 a month for Fampridine from their own resources. Photograph: Getty Images

The Health Service Executive has agreed to fund on a limited basis the cost of a drug that helps people with multiple sclerosis to walk. The announcem(...)

The European Court of Justice found that a Scottish proposal on minimum alcohol pricing risked infringing EU rules on free trade. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The Government is to press ahead with plans for minimum unit pricing of alcohol despite an adverse ruling on the issue by the European Court of Justic(...)

Bimbo Paden was also censured by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland over the incident, which occurred in June 2013 at St John’s Community Hospital in Sligo.

A nurse has been fined €2,000 after being found guilty of professional misconduct for placing tape over the mouth of a patient. Bimbo Paden was also c(...)

Lloyds has denied any wrongdoing in its claiming of phased fees in respect of a single prescription dispensed in one visit and has insisted its approach is no different from other pharmacy chains. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The controversial practice of some pharmacies claiming multiple payments in respect of single prescriptions was under investigation before it was leak(...)