Budget demands: Minister for the Environment: Alan Kelly; Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton; Minister for Heath Leo Varadkar; Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald; Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan

Department of the Environment Minister: Alan Kelly The Minister for the Environment is seeking additional funding for the provision of housing. He is (...)

A Lloyds Pharmacy branch. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive has stopped payments worth hundreds of thousands of euro a month to the State’s largest pharmacy chain in a row over how (...)

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital said the emergency room is back on call since 8am after going off at midnight for patient and staff safety on ‘a particularly busy’ night.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital said the emergency room is back on call since 8am after going off at midnight for patient and staff safety on “a particul(...)

The Government and health authorities pledged to close unsuitable “congregated settings” within a seven-year period. Photograph: Getty Images

Government plans to move up to 4,000 people with intellectual disabilities out of outdated institutions within a six-year period are likely to take de(...)

Assumpta Lawlor, Elaine Healy and Patricia O’Rourke, all from Tallaght,  with their Certificates in Health Service Skills, at the Centre for Learning and Development at Tallaght Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A small but well-attended graduation ceremony took place this week in Tallaght, Co Dublin. It did not make national headlines, but for many of those i(...)

Lisa Dunne, from Swords, in Dublin, and her eight-day-old baby Sadie, with Fiona Pyne, public health nurse, receives the HSE book, ‘Caring for your Baby’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We humans in the “First World” love to overcomplicate life with layer upon layer of choice – in how we live, what we buy, what we eat and what we w(...)

The inquest into the death of  Aibha Conroy  (6) has been adjourned until October.

The inquest into the death of six-year-old Aibha Conroy from Co Galway was adjourned on Thursday night until October. Dublin Coroner Brian Farrell had(...)

While the overall deficit at the end of the year looks set to top €500 million, the HSE says it expected most of its divisions to be close to break-even by December, although in mental health and primary care this will involve once-off measures that will not be sustainable next year. File photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA Photo

The Health Service Executive has recorded a financial deficit of over €270 million in the first seven months of the year, according to its latest perf(...)

New provisions in the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014 came into effect on August 19th which gives marriage registrars powers to prevent marriages of convenience. Photograph: Getty Images

Registrars have refused to comply with new regulations introduced by the Government to prevent so called sham marriages. New provisions in the Civil R(...)

 HSE director general Tony O’Brien said additional funding is needed to repair the impact of austerity on the health service. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Health Service Executive has “no expectation” of receiving the extra €2 billion it says is needed to restore services to pre-austerity levels, acc(...)