Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has vowed to pass law before summer recess. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is to publish a comprehensive employment strategy for people with a disability within weeks. The Cabinet subcommittee on social policy (...)

The introduction of free GP care for children is one of the Government’s key healthcare reforms. While a deal was reached with the IMO several weeks ago, the plan has been strongly opposed by the National Association of General Practitioners

Family doctors have now been given until June 5th to sign contracts if they wish to take part in the Government’s new scheme to provide free GP care t(...)

The report argues that the widespread use of agency nurses in inpatient hospital units – who are often unfamiliar with patient issues and hospital processes – should be phased out. Photograph: Joerg Reimann/Getty Images

Deficiencies remain in aspects of cancer care in Ireland despite major progress in recent years, an international evaluation commissioned by the Gove(...)

The Government recently reached a deal with the Irish Medical Organisation on the provision of free GP care for children under six. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

GPs have been warned that they risk breaching competition law if they share with other doctors their intentions on the Government’s new contract fo(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: removed a section on surrogacy from the Children and Family Relationships Act. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Government is preparing to activate parts of the Children and Family Relationships Act, which overhauls the law on adoption and donor-assisted re(...)

Tony O’Brien’s LinkedIn page said he was “director, clinical strategy and programmes, HSE from May 2011 to March 2012”. It was then changed to say that he was as director of clinical strategy and programmes from May 2011 to September 2011, not March 2012 (right).

HSE director general Tony O’Brien’s LinkedIn profile has been changed, just hours before a high-profile appearance before the Oireachtas health commit(...)

Former Coombe master Dr Chris Fitzpatrick confirmed a report was sent to the HSE and the Department of Health ‘at the highest level’ under the auspices of the HSE’s clinical programme in obstetrics. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Senior managers in the HSE and Department of Health were alerted to “critical clinical risks” at Portlaoise hospital four years ago, but failed to res(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he disagreed with the original plan for the group to be part of the HSE structure. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

  The Department of Health last year halted preparations for the establishment of a new patient safety/advocacy body – one of the key reco(...)

Pauline McKeown (left), chief executive, Coolmine Therapeutic Community, and Sharon Dawe, co-founder of Parents Under Pressure.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Pregnancy can make or break the generational cycle of drug addiction: pessimists would say the odds are the baby will grow up to follow in the pare(...)

Ann Marie Taylor with her son Jayden (2): During her time in Ashleigh House, Coolmine’s residential centre for women, Taylor was one of the first mothers to pilot a 10-week Parenting Under Pressure (PUP) programme. Photograph: Eric Luke

Living on the streets of Cork and pregnant with her fifth child after the older four had been taken into care, the future looked bleak for Anne Mar(...)