At midnight last night the twenty-six counties officially left the British Commonwealth and cut the last constitutional link with Britain. The descrip(...)

Dublin Fire Brigade was ‘not getting out’ of the ambulance service, Dublin City Council chief executive Brendan Kenny said yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

No money will be saved by the transfer to the Health Service Executive (HSE) of parts of the ambulance service operated by Dublin Fire Brigade, Dub(...)

The argument began on Monday when Dublin City Council announced that the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance call and dispatch function would be transferred into the HSE’s control later this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

About 200 firefighter paramedics in Dublin Fire Brigade who are members of trade union Impact are likely to ballot for industrial action in protest at(...)

Dublin Corporation was the only local authority to retain its ambulance service in 1970 when, under the Health Act, others relinquished theirs to the new health boards. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The HSE, which delivers ambulance services across the State outside Dublin, and to some extent in Dublin too, has been consolidating its National Ambu(...)

 Brendan O’Brien of Siptu said: “This is an issue where, for too long, two agencies refused to address the issue. The relationship has been characterised by competition, inter services rivalries. Somebody has to intervene and say this is not good enough we need to put patients safety first.” Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Members of the trade union Siptu working in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are to ballot for industrial action in response to moves to transfer parts o(...)

Fire services personnel protest outside Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Firefighters may strike if the Government proceeds with a proposed reduction in crewing numbers, according to trade union officials.Speaking at a rall(...)

The Nirvana head shop on Capel Street, Dublin. Photograph: William Murphy

A Dublin father-of-three set fire to a head shop because of a grudge he held over the drug related death of his brother, a court has heard.Davin Flynn(...)

Fianna Fail said lengthy ambulance delay represented a “clear and present risk” to patient safety. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Concerns have been expressed over a “clear and present risk” to patient safety in the aftermath of reports a Dublin man was left waiting for three-and(...)

Several units of Dublin Fire Brigade have responded to an “industrial fire” in Tallaght Village

An industrial fire at a furniture store in Tallaght village in south Dublin has been brought under control. Several units of Dublin Fire Brigade have (...)

Shortcomings and misalignments within the ambulance services have represented a low-level public scandal for many years, but it would seem the Health (...)