Laura Magahy. In the early 1990s, as one of the the youngest ever heads of a semi-State body she oversaw the redevelopment of Temple Bar in Dublin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Announcing Laura Magahy’s appointment as executive director of the Sláintecare health reform project this week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described her a(...)

Teachers’ unions have warned of a ‘crisis’ in the supply of teachers. Photograph: Getty Images

Growing student numbers in secondary schools over the coming years will increase pressure on the system to ensure there are enough qualified teachers (...)

HSE director general John Connaghan told the PAC it had recorded a revenue deficit last year of nearly €140 million. Photograph: PA

The health service is facing a significant financial challenge in the current year, the secretary general of the Department of Health has told the Dái(...)

Helen McEntee, Eamon Mallie, Noel Murphy, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone and Declan McGrath pose in front of Murphy’s portrait of all the women members of the Oireachtas.

Straight after Taoiseach’s Questions on Tuesday, Leo Varadkar rushed from the Dáil chamber and down the main staircase for a photocall in front of one(...)

The HSE has told the department that overspending is a result of the January trolley crisis and additional pressure on hospitals, especially from older patients

The worries in Government about the potentially catastrophic cost of the consultants’ legal action over pay come as pressure on existing health budget(...)

There are plans to provide in-school therapy, such as speech and language and occupational therapy. Photograph: iStock

Will this affect my child’s existing access to a special needs assistant? Almost 35,000 students with additional care needs – such as autism – are cu(...)

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall  said an implementation plan had been promised in December, then by Easter, then at the end of May, but it had not yet materialised.

An alliance of politicians, policy experts and medics has criticised the delay in the implementation of the Sláintecare report, the 10-year cross-part(...)

Investment in special education – which stands at about €1.7 billion – now accounts for a fifth of the overall education budget. Photograph: Istock

Almost 1,000 extra special needs assistants (SNAs) are to be allocated to schools in the autumn to help meet the needs of vulnerable students. Minist(...)

Under Simon Harris’ new proposals the HSE board is to be re-established. Here we go again. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fifteen years ago next month the then minister for health and current Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin announced a major programme of health service (...)

Tony O’Brien, director general of the Health Service Executive: role has salary of €192,000 a year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

An interim director general of the Health Service Executive will be appointed by the beginning of July although recruitment to find a full-time succes(...)

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