Katherine Zappone TD has already voted to support Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael will this weekend attempt to lock down the support of an additional six to 10 Independent TDs in order to secure Enda Kenny’s re-election a(...)

Waiting times: ‘People have died waiting for investigations,’  says Galway city GP Brian Osborne. ‘Early detection leads to better outcomes and also costs less.’ Illustration: Thinkstock

Doctors agree that waiting times for X-rays, scans and other cancer tests can be long, but just how bad the situation is seems to depend on where in t(...)

Joao Carvalho (right) died after Saturday night’s MMA event in Dublin.

Minister for Sport Michael Ring has called for the urgent regulation of MMA and is calling on department officials, Sports Ireland and the Sports Cou(...)

“As the efforts to form a minority government reach a conclusion, the thoughts of Independents are naturally turning to finalising the best deals they can get.” File photograph: Getty Images

Over the past few interminable weeks, Independent TDs have solemnly intoned that their talks about Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were solely focused on n(...)

If the pressure from a blood clot on the brain cannot be relieved by a surgical procedure then the person may die.

The death of MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Joao Carvalho from a traumatic brain injury underscores the serious dangers inherent in the sport. We k(...)

Lifestyle interventions, such as weight-loss and physical exercise programmes, are widely known to be the best way to prevent those with pre-diabetes becoming diabetic.

One in 20 people in Ireland suffers from diabetes. In those those aged 50 and over, the figure rises to almost one in 10. Ninety per cent of these peo(...)

Mia Horgan  and her younger sister, Amy. Mia was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was just two weeks old. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rebecca and Barry Horgan’s daughter, Mia (5), was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when she was two weeks old. Although neither parent had any prev(...)

 Michael Healy-Rae: has come across as one of the most sensible voices during this entire palaver. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

On Wednesday night, as Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin met to discuss government formation, Fine Gael Ministers awaited developments in the Sycamore Roo(...)

Mattie McGrath: “What would be the point, for instance, in putting a government in power which could fall in a short time?’’

There is growing anger and confusion among the 15 Independent TDs whose support to form a government is being sought by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil abou(...)

Jonny Quigley, who has had a kidney transplant,  with his wife Clodagh, and children Hannah (12, with Jules the dog), Charlie (10), and Rachael (7). Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Jonny Quigley was one of 153 people who received a kidney transplant last year. Last March, he received a call at 2am from Beaumont hospital after fiv(...)