Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer of the Department of Health: “The indicators in this report signal that certain services require further analysis and examination in order to identify if a problem exists.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Major geographical variations in outcomes and performance within the health service are revealed in a new Department of Health report.The findings of (...)

The figures are contained in the first annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System, which measures the performance of the health service across a number of indicators. File photograph: Reuters

A number of hospitals have significantly higher death rates due to heart attacks and strokes than the national average, according to a new report from(...)

Martin Foley, a father of three known as The Viper, has survived five attempts on his life and has been wounded a total of 14 times. File photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins

Veteran criminal Martin Foley was in hospital on Monday afternoon after requiring medical attention while under arrest.The 64-year-old Dubliner and on(...)

Undated photographs of Gerry Feeney, supplied by his family

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has described as “very distressing” the case of Gerry Feeney, whose family says he was left “in a soiled state in pub(...)

Dublin Coroner’s Court has heard how Michael Reynolds (73) was fatally injured when he tripped over a 10-inch kerb on unprotected roadworks and fractured his spine. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A pensioner was fatally injured when he tripped over a 10-inch kerb on unprotected roadworks and fractured his spine, an inquest has heard.Michael Rey(...)

More than 500 people are awaiting admission to hospital on trolleys in emergency departments around the country. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Overcrowding in some hospitals is at record levels, as the number of patients on trolleys nationally remains high. University Hospital Limerick(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar (left) with Prof Des Fitzgerald, principal of UCD’s College of Health Sciences (centre) and Beacon Hospital chief executive Michael Cullen, at the launch of the UCD Beacon Academy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Greater co-ordination is needed between private and public hospitals over the provision of new facilities, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.N(...)

A pensioner who suffered severe spinal injuries when he fell while crossing rocks on a Kerry beach was left waiting two hours for an ambulance, an inquest at the Dublin Coroner’s Court has heard

A pensioner who suffered severe spinal injuries when he fell while crossing rocks on a Kerry beach was left waiting two hours for an ambulance, an inq(...)

It may be difficult today to appreciate in full the achievement of Prof Sean Blake, who has died aged 88 after a long illness, but in his time – the 1(...)

Lucy Allen (16), who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, addressing the Assembly’s All-Party Group on Congenital Heart Disease hosted by the Children’s Heartbeat Trust at Stormont last November, following the launch of the consultation process on the future of paediatric cardiac services in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Press Eye

When Patricia McCann first heard that her newborn son had four problems with his heart and needed surgery right away, she had no idea what the futu(...)