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(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is to re-establish a board to oversee the operation and performance of the Health Service Executive (HSE). At a meeting in Cork on Fri(...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald  at the Dublin Pride Parade. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“It’s wild how queer Ireland has become,” said Panti Bliss when she delivered the central welcome address at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last week. (...)

The sticker posted on glass facing a waiting area at Portiuncula hospital in Galway. It has been removed after complaints.

A sticker promoting an anti-abortion organisation, with a picture of a foetus sucking its thumb, has been removed from display at a public hospital in(...)

Kathleen and James Reilly with two of their children, Ciaran (9) and Rebecca (7), at the halting site in Coolock, Co Dublin, where they live.

The number of Traveller families sharing housing has doubled since 2011, as their ability to afford to rent in the private market is decreasing. Som(...)

Ray Butler was  diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last August and said it was a huge wake-up call for him.

A Government Senator has spoken of how he lost more than six stone in weight to deal with his diabetes and avoid having to take nine tablets a day for(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the then minister for health, holding Jace O’Rourke from Kildare at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As Taoiseach Leo Varadkar settles into office, I would like to remind him of a policy which appears to have slipped through the hands of Cabinet (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said it was “not good” that the call for an inquiry by senior HSE staff five years ago were not heeded. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a “pity” the HSE did not fully investigate mother-and-baby homes in 2012 when senior staff warned about probable “criminal” activities in two o(...)