Minister For Health Leo Varadkar had pledged to eliminate waits of more than 15 months for outpatient appointments by the end of last year. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of outpatients enduring long waits for appointments increased by almost 40 per cent last month, despite a promise by Minister for Health Le(...)

It was Monday morning, the first day of spring, and from the west-facing corner of Beaumont Hospital, Vinny spied a cluster of daffodils enjoying a sprightly dance.

For his mid-morning visit, Vinny Fitzpatrick could see Angie had made an effort. She was sitting up in bed, her auburn locks were untied, and she’d a(...)

Players from both sides react to Everton’s Irish defender Seamus Coleman’s late miss against Swansea at Goodison Park.  Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP /Getty

From the moment his alarm first pinged at 5.50am on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick was in a mood most foul. Was is it the cold shower (he had forgotten to(...)

The electronic referral of patient appointments by family doctors is to become standard within months. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

The electronic referral of patient appointments by family doctors is to become standard within months as part of a rollout of “e-medicine” initiatives(...)

Islet technique:  involves sucking the islets, containing the cells that make insulin, from a donor pancreas and injecting them into the patient’s liver. Photograph: Andrew Matthews

A call has been made for the introduction of a potentially life-saving treatment for people with severe type 1 diabetes. Islet transplantation has be(...)

A witness broke down in tears as Dublin Coroner’s Court heard her evidence of the fatal shooting of Declan Smith, a father-of-one, in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A young mother has described how she saw a gunman move from a crouching position to standing before shooting a man in the face outside a Dublin creche(...)

Editorial: Worse is yet to come

If it is January then it must be time for the annual surge in patients waiting on hospital trolleys. Although numerically not as severe as this time l(...)

There were 39 patients on trolleys or wards in Beaumont Hospital on Thursday, down from 54  on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The HSE has advised GPs working in the Beaumont Hospital catchment area in Dublin to refer patients with minor injuries to a clinic due to severe over(...)

The INMO has said that there are nearly 560 patients on trolleys in emergency departments and on wards at present. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin has asked people to avoid or delay attending its emergency department as the number of patients having to wait on trolleys(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar continued a long standing tradition in 2015 by throwing money at the problems in the health service. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

It is a mark of how dire a state the Irish health service is in that the end-of-year figures for waiting lists and queues can be considered a qualifi(...)