Galway East Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has called for an investigation into the leaking. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians in east Galway have expressed dismay at the leaking of a report into “apparent deficiencies” in maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital(...)

Councillor Catherine Connolly questioned why an “accountancy firm” had been hired to “review hospital procedures”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

A former mayor of Galway has said that she is “aghast” at the identification of “apparent deficiencies” in the care of seven babies at the maternity u(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil there was “no privatisation by stealth’’ of publicly run nursing homes.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There was “no privatisation by stealth’’ of publicly run nursing homes, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.He told Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (...)

Inspectors have called for no further admissions to a residential centre for adults with intellectual disabilities in Co Cork after it was found to have ‘serious and significant non-compliance’ with health legislation. File photograph: Thinkstock

Inspectors have called for no further admissions to a residential centre for adults with intellectual disabilities in Co Cork after it was found to ha(...)

Relative to previous years, flu rates remain low but are expected to increase over the coming weeks and the virus is expected to circulate for the next six to eight weeks. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

High-risk groups should get vaccinated against influenza following a doubling of the number of cases last week, the Health Service Executive has advis(...)

New standards essentially require nursing homes to move from providing multi-occupancy wards with shared toilets to single and double rooms with en-suites. But many public nursing homes are located in older institutional building that are expensive to convert. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

More than 2,500 beds in public nursing homes may have to be closed from July because they fail to meet strict new accommodation standards set by the S(...)

A flu outbreak could impact on overcrowding in emergency departments, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A flu outbreak is underway and could impact on overcrowding in hospital emergency departments, according to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Mr Varda(...)

Back from the hols: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda and Joan invited a few people around yesterday afternoon to see in the new political year. There was a good turnout for their press conference in(...)

Minister for Social Care Kathleen Lynch said no definitive decision had been made but did not rule out cameras in care homes in some cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government has not ruled out the possibility of introducing cameras and other forms of monitoring in certain care homes but are concerned about a (...)

The Irish Times reported on Tuesday that the confidential report commissioned by the HSE had concluded that Ireland was too rural to support an ambulance service to compare with the service in England and to meet official targets for response times.

The existing system of measuring ambulance response times should be abolished and replaced by one that focuses on the outcome for the patient, the Min(...)