Last year, the HSE was forced to spend a record €336 million on agency staff and overtime to fill vacancies.

The rising cost of hiring agency staff to fill gaps in essential front-line health services has emerged as a major concern facing the Health Servic(...)

 A file image from 2013 of Alex Butler from Dunmore East, Co Waterford with her parents, John and Sonya Butler after she was awarded €1.4 million in an action against the HSE.

The mother of a tetraplegic 10-year-old girl, who secured a €10.4million settlement in her case against the Health Service Executive (HSE) for injurie(...)

Cleaning in the A&E Department at Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick. Photograph: The |rish Times

The Health Service Executive spent €38 million on external cleaning companies last year. In a letter to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC(...)

Independent senator Jillian van Turnhout has called for an investigation into the Health Service Executive’s handling of a case involving a teenage gi(...)

The promenade at Salthill in Galway. Galway City Council has advised against sea swimming in Salthill until further notice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Galway City Council has advised against sea swimming in Salthill until further notice, after high levels of a bacteria were detected in the water. The(...)

It cannot be assumed that low levels of lead in test results indicate the absence of lead pipework. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q As a pregnant woman with young children, I am particularly concerned about the recent media reports surrounding dangerous lead readings in d(...)

More than 100 data protection breaches involving sensitive personal information held by the HSE occurred over the past year. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

More than 100 data protection breaches involving sensitive personal information held by the Health Service Executive (HSE) occurred over the past year(...)

Pearl River take away in Phibsborough, Dublin 7 which was issued a closure order last month. Photograph: Google street view

Eight businesses were served with closure orders last month for violations of food safety regulations. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) se(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: decided to exempt asylum seekers from the charge following an examination of the issue by his officials and the Health Service Executive. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Asylum seekers living in direct provision are to be exempted from paying the prescription charge of €2.50 per item levied on medical-card holders. Min(...)

Sinéad Pembroke works in Trinity College Dublin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery: “I can’t think about buying a house or starting a family”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A global shift has taken place since the financial crisis to more insecure jobs, according to the International Labour Organisation. Labour experts(...)