Minister of State  Kathleen Lynch. The proposed commission of inquiry is designed to deflect criticism before an election. Photograph: Joe Boland

Back in 2013, I quoted John Byrne, a lecturer in social care practice in Waterford Institute of Technology. He said the most common misconception abo(...)

 Garda Sharon Casserly was being treated for broken limbs in University Hospital Galway this week when her condition deteriorated. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

One of two gardaí injured in a road incident which claimed the life of a 66-year-old man in south Galway is still seriously ill in hospital. Garda Sh(...)

Two gardaí who  stopped to assist the deceased man were also struck by a car and were hospitalised with broken limbs. Photograph: Frank Miller

The man who was killed in a road incident in which two gardaí were also injured in south Galway earlier this week has been named. Liam McDonnell (66)(...)

The story of a profoundly intellectually disabled and non-verbal woman called “Grace”, who was allegedly sexually and physically abused in foster care(...)

The HIQA report into the death of Savita Halappanavar recommended the development of a National Maternity Strategy. It took the deaths of Sally Rowlet(...)

Chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Emily Logan said the organisation wanted individuals to feel it was accessible to them. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An advocacy group for people with disabilities has called on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) to conduct an inquiry into the con(...)

Details of a €385 million programme to refurbish or replace public nursing homes have been announced by Minister for Social Care Kathleen Lynch. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Details of a €385 million programme to refurbish or replace public nursing homes have been announced by Minister for Social Care Kathleen Lynch. The (...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) says services must share and act on information about patient safety incidents, and learn lessons to prevent similar incidents happening again.

Responsibility for collecting information about mishaps and errors in the health system should be given to a single independent body, the State’s heat(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael Ardfheis at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael founded the State and saved it following the bailout and economic crash, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has claimed. Mr Varadkar was addr(...)

Shauna Keyes arrives at Portlaoise County Council buildings for the inquest in to the death of her baby son, Joshua, in September 2013. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

The latest report to be published into the tragic events at Portlaoise hospital raises two separate sets of issues; one relating to the care provided (...)