The health service is to receive a €40 million package of support measures for hospitals to allow for the opening of new units next year and to improve access to diagnostics and “surge” capacity. Photograph: Getty Images

The health service is to receive an extra €685 million in current and capital funding next year, which will allow the recruitment of 1,800 front-line (...)

A group of Lourdes pilgrims left stranded in France over the weekend after their Ryanair flight was cancelled have arrived back in Ireland.

A group of Lourdes pilgrims left stranded in France over the weekend after their Ryanair flight was cancelled have arrived back in Ireland. The grou(...)

More than half the group on the trip with the Oblate Youth Service are believed to be secondary school students.

Eighty Irish people have been left stranded in France on Saturday night after a flight to Dublin was abruptly cancelled by Ryanair. The group, who ha(...)

Cancelled operations: elective surgery fell 54 per cent between 2012 and 2016, according to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association. Photograph: E+/Getty

Senior doctors have painted a stark picture of a seriously underfunded health service that faces lengthening waiting lists as it tries to deal with st(...)

 Undocumented migrants pictured in front of a  mural at the  Migrant Rights Centre Ireland office on Dame Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

After nearly a decade living in Ireland Sarah* is tired of lying to her friends. She’s fed up making excuses when they invite her on trips abroad and (...)

Roderick Campbell (centre) from Uplift photographed outside the RCSI HQ before delivering a petition to the RCSI Hospitals over parking fees. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The RCSI Hospitals Group has been petitioned to scrap car parking charges for cancer patients who attend regular appointments. Uplift, the social ca(...)

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, is greeted by Cardinal Sean Brady on Monday. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

The new papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo was greeted by former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady on arrival at Dublin airport(...)

Fr David Vard: “Lourdes was the point in my life that changed; a lot of things in my life have pointed me in this direction. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s youngest priest takes up his new position as a curate in Portlaoise this week – the first time he will lived on his own as he makes his tra(...)

The Reek Sunday pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

A clash between religion and GAA fervour on national pilgrimage day to Croagh Patrick yesterday produced what was accepted on all sides as an honourab(...)

People filling up containers at a “temporary water station” in Ballsgrove, Drogheda. Photograph: Patrick Logue

Everyone in the queue for water in Drogheda agreed on three things. Firstly, if this was happening “up in Dublin”, a full-scale crisis would already (...)