Independent midwife Philomena Canning (centre) has been reinstated by the Health Service Executive to assist in home births. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent midwife Philomena Canning has been reinstated by the Health Service Executive to assist in home births.The HSE withdrew Ms Canning’s profe(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce plain cigarette packaging. File photograph:Jonathan Brady/PA

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce pla(...)

Waiting lists in the State’s public hospitals are continuing to rise with the numbers waiting for an out-patient appointment now close to 400,000, fig(...)

Colleen and Kevin Worthington, of Clounsharragh, Cloghane, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry pictured speaking to the media outside the Four Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Health Service Executive (HSE) and Kerry General Hospital have apologised unreservedly at the High Court to a girl who suffered brain damage durin(...)

Kathleen Lynch: Minister has conceded to colleagues that the Coaltion is taking heavy criticism over money pledged for mental health not being spent. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Internal documents show Minister of State Kathleen Lynch has admitted to colleagues that the Government is taking a “serious battering” over money ple(...)

Judgments: Key cases in brief

The defendants were found to be the owners of a hedge after a bitter dispute between neighbours. Madigan - vs - Reuter (2014) IEHC 617 (High Court, Ke(...)

The man’s sentences were found to be unduly lenient by the Court of Appeal last December. Photograph:  Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A man whose neighbour allowed him to rape her five-year-old daughter repeatedly over a three-year period has been sentenced to 14 years in prison foll(...)

In October 2012, the Government unilaterally cut pay by 30 per cent for all consultants appointed after that date.  However, this has been substantially reversed following the recent negotiations with the IMO. File photograph:  Thinkstock/Getty Images

The Health Service Executive is to advertise this week to fill a first batch of 30 hospital consultant posts following agreement with the Irish Medica(...)

A HSE audit has found 13 ‘significant incidents’ where a breech birth was diagnosed in advanced labour in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda between May 2012 and June 2014.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Thirteen “significant incidents” where a breech birth was diagnosed in advanced labour occurred in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda over a two(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has decided to make a life-saving Soliris drug available to Irish patients despite criticising its “exorbitant” and ‘astronomical’ cost.

A life-saving drug which costs about €430,000 per patient annually is to be made available in Ireland, even though the Health Service Executive (HSE) (...)