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Tony O’Brien: It had been widely believed in political circles and among observers  that he was unlikely to seek another term as head of the HSE. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Government now finds itself having to secure a person to run the health service on a day-to-day basis and someone to implement the ambitious Sláin(...)

Senator Paul  Coghlan said the most basic and fundamental right was the right to life. File photograph: Dave Meehan

The baby in the womb is the tiniest and weakest member of society and should feel it is a safe place, Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has said. “They (...)

Regular cancellations of elective surgeries and other treatments mean a greater number of people present to emergency departments as their untreated illness worsens. Photograph: The Irish Times

The more things change, the more things stay the same. So it is with our chronically ailing health service. Except for one important point: the number(...)

Even if several hundred additional acute hospital beds could be conjured up next week, the problem of securing sufficient staff to operate them would remain. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many doctors and health service administrators believe the long-term solution to the country’s trolley crisis is a major increase in hospital bed capa(...)

Simon Harris:  “The Government’s view is that €55 or €60 to bring your child to see the doctor is too expensive.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There comes a time in the tenure of most Ministers for Health when the ambitious reform plans with which they usually start off in office have to over(...)

In 2011 the then Minister for Health James Reilly pledged that there would never again be 567 patients on trolleys on a single day. File photograph: Frank Miller

There were more than 560 people on trolleys in hospital emergency departments or on wards awaiting admission to a bed on Tuesday morning. The Irish N(...)

 A Tesla electric car parks at a charging station. A new grant to support installation of home charger points for buyers of new and second-hand electric vehicles will be rolled out next year.  Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA/

The Government is rolling out a series of measures to accelerate deployment of electric vehicles in Ireland, according to the Minister for Climate Act(...)

Former minister James Reilly. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Another case linked to water protesting has failed in court. Charges against Regina Ward (49) from Balbriggan, Co Dublin, who had been charged with a(...)

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said there were at least 30,000 cases involving tracker mortgage issues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The senior bankers who caused the tracker mortgage scandal were described as a “shower of bastards’’ by Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in the Seanad on Th(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris who got Cabinet agreement on Friday for the establishment of an independent group to advance the Sláintecare plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Sláintecare plan is the third radical blueprint for overhauling the country’s health service in roughly a decade. In Mary Harney’s period as mini(...)

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