FSAI chief executive Prof Alan Reilly has expressed disappointment at the continuing high number of closure orders needing to be served on food businesses. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

Eleven closure orders and one prohibition order were served on food businesses during March for breaches of food safety legislation, according (...)

Councillors in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown voted to rezone land to allow for the expansion of biopharmaceutical company Amgen and its neighbour the National Rehabilitation Hospital.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Councillors in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown tonight voted to rezone land to allow for the expansion of biopharmaceutical company Amgen and its neighb(...)

Irene Gunning, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, said the survey results underline the need for investment in supports for children with special needs at pre-school level. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many creches and pre-schools are struggling to provide early childhood care and education to children with special needs, according to a nation(...)

Praveen Halappanavar, husband of the late Savita, arrives this morning to give evidence at her inquest in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Praveen Halappanavar has told the inquest into his wife Savita's death how she repeatedly asked doctors at University Hospital Galway for a te(...)

Noeline Blackwell, director of Flac, Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court,  and Dr Carol Coulter, director of the Child Care Law Reporting Project, at the launch of the childlawproject.ie website in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

A pioneering new reporting project will go a long way to filling a “void of information” on how the courts deal with sensitive childcare cases,(...)

A new report has recommended that paramedics on the ground should have the means to contact helicopter pilots directly in the case of emergency. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Better use of radio links between emergency ground staff and Air Corps pilots and enhanced training for paramedics in air safety awareness are (...)

Carol Coulter and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald  at the launch of the Child Care Law Reporting Project  in December. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 5,000 children are in the care of the State, mostly on foot of orders made in the courts. Yet the public has, up to now, had no way o(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly said the draft of the Health Service Executive’s clinical review into the death of Savita Halappanavar will be personally handed to her husband Praveen  tomorrow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The husband of late Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar will be able to make changes to an official report into her medical care, it was confirm(...)

The Medical Council was criticised by some candidates for extending voting by 10 days on the day the polls were due to close. Photograph: David Sleator

Six new members have been elected to the Medical Council, the organisation has announced. The doctors were voted in by fellow medics from a fie(...)

Mr Justice George Birmingham said the  facilities and staffing resources in St Andrew’s psychiatric hospital in Northampton, England, were “significantly better” than those available in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A High Court judge has said it is regrettable that specialist psychiatric services do not exist in Ireland to treat a 16-year-old boy who is to(...)

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