Outgoing Hiqa chief executive Tracey Cooper: “I wouldn’t say we were the safest [health service]. We still have quite a long way to go.” Photograph: Eric Luke

After eight years running a rule over the Irish health service, the head of the State’s health watchdog has some good things to say about the syste(...)

A hospital has been asking patients to provide their own batteries for medical equipment, it has emerged.

A hospital has been asking patients to provide their own batteries for medical equipment, it has emerged.It was confirmed last week that Ennis General(...)

The Mater Hospital, Dublin where HIQA inspectors found ‘much evidence of practice that was not compliant’ with national standards.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

HIQA reports into hygiene standards in five hospitals published this morning have found evidence of inadequate hand hygiene leading to risk of infe(...)

Gardaí are hoping to have at least two of the three arrested men in court today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Three brothers were arrested and one man hospitalised last night after a fight broke out in Co Clare’s largest graveyard. The fight took place at 7.30(...)