There is mounting concern at the highest echelons of the Department of Health that healthcare professionals are failing to avail of the flu vaccine in sufficient numbers. File photograph: Getty Images

A mandatory order requiring health professionals to have the flu vaccine is under consideration. Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he will co(...)

According to the investigation report, both Tusla and the HSE accept the recommendations and will engage with their respective Government departments. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Health Service Executive (HSE) and the child and family agency Tusla are reviewing the cases of almost 500 children with disabilities in care, fol(...)

Dr Kevin  Kelleher  said there was an increase in the number of people receiving the flu vaccine last week. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The incidence of flu in the population is likely to peak this week or possibly next as public health experts confirm between 18,000 and 20,000 people (...)

The vacant site owned by the Law Society of Ireland on Benburb Street in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Two Dublin local authorities have failed to list any properties on the register of vacant sites that was set up a year ago to stop the hoarding of lan(...)

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland  said Ruposhi Indian Restaurant in Drumcondra, Dublin, was ordered to close on December 20th due to evidence of a cockroach infestation and a lack of food hygiene

Cockroaches and dirty conditions were among the reasons for the seven closure orders served on food businesses in December, according to the Food Safe(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with presenter Kathryn Thomas at Croke Park during an event for ‘Operation Transformation’ community leaders. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Creating more hospital bed places is a “short-term solution” to the current crisis in the health service, in which hospitals have become a “receiving (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  “This is the third year in a row that we’ve had more resources, a bigger budget, more staff, more beds, more home care, and despite all that we haven’t seen an improvement.” Photograph: Tibor Illyes/AP)

As the number of people on hospital trolleys remains stubbornly high, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed his frustration that higher public health s(...)

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(...)

Charities regulator John Farrell. He says “charity” has become important much-needed work done by ordinary people.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is among 12 State bodies that may lose their charitable status in 2018, the charities regulator has said. However,(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said on average there are 15,830 delayed discharges every month, or 58 per day. Photograph: iStock

An average of 58 delayed hospital discharges daily is preventing progress being made in ending the trolley crisis in emergency departments, Fianna Fái(...)

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