The European Court of Justice found that the proposal risks infringing EU rules on free trade. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The Government’s plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol have been dealt a blow by a finding of the European Court of Justice that the proposal(...)

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(...)

Rheumatoid arthritis patients most likely to suffer the severest effects of the condition can be identified early and fast- tracked for treatment, fol(...)

One child treated in Temple Street hospital in Dublin weighed almost 30kg, double the average weight for their age-group. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Children as young as two are being treated for obesity at Temple Street hospital in Dublin, according to a leading paediatrician. Dr Sinéad Murphy sai(...)

The number of young people contacting the national centre for youth mental health, Headstrong, grew by 27 per cent last year. Anxiety figured as the m(...)

PAC chairman John McGuinness: HSE  willl  be asked to explain “squandering” of public money in paying dispensing fees. Photograph:  David Sleator

The HSE is to be called before a Dáil watchdog to explain how pharmacies are able to claim multiple payments worth millions of euro for single prescri(...)

LloydsPharmacy Ireland managing director Goretti Brady: the group runs more than 90 pharmacies in  Republic, employs 1,000 people, and has plans for another  60 stores, employing 500 staff.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The provision of medicines to medical card holders is big business for pharmacies: in 2013, the HSE paid more than €320 million to the sector in dispe(...)

Lawyers for LloydsPharmacy criticised the HSE for alleging fraud and breach of contract in a letter sent to  managing director Goretti Brady (pictured) earlier this month.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The HSE is investigating the way Lloyds, the largest pharmacy chain in Ireland, has significantly boosted its dispensing fee income by claiming multip(...)

 Nurses who attended consultation meetings regarded the level of pay restoration in the revised Lansdowne Road agreement as “very minimal” compared with the “draconian” cuts imposed over the past six years. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Nurses and midwives have voted overwhelming in favour of the revised Lansdowne Road Agreement on public pay and pensions, in spite of reservations ove(...)