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Shot of drug bottles on a conveyor. iStock

A policy designed to help the HSE save millions of euro on its drug bill has yet to be published almost 18 months after a consultation process closed.(...)

Theresa May: “Her decision to treat with contempt the 48 per cent of the electorate who voted against Brexit spectacularly backfired.” Photograph: AFP

Another shock poll result and, like the Brexit referendum outcome, the search for simple explanations is an exercise in futility. It’s complicated. Bu(...)

Cystic fibrosis sufferer and campaigner Jillian McNulty with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin outside the Dáil after it was announced that the HSE had reached a deal on the provision of Orkambi. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whenever the Government spends money on something it should improve people’s lives. From education to the justice system, building infrastructure to h(...)

Theresa May: It is bizarre that her pursuit of a hard Brexit is not seen as the biggest mistake of her premiership to date. Photograph: EPA

It is with much astonishment that we learn “the biggest mistake of Theresa May’s premiership to date” was not the plan to pursue hard Brexit at any ec(...)

The supreme court in London heard that the “healthcare plight of a section of the UK population” was being ignored

Women and girls in need of abortion services in Northern Ireland are being treated as “second-class citizens”, the UK’s highest court has heard. Su(...)

Major success:  Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates winning the men’s 10,000m final at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

John Major has salvaged his reputation through the clever public-relations ruse of sitting around, mainly in The Oval, while history notices his good(...)

Boris Johnson: ‘His only real job experience comes from writing newspaper columns’. Photograph: Getty Images

The British government currently resembles the management team of a poorly run bank at the height of the financial crisis. Of course, in a rather diff(...)

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston, who has defected from the Leave camp over NHS financing. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

A senior Tory MP has abandoned the Leave campaign in the first major political defection of the referendum debate. The move by Sarah Wollaston, a doc(...)

“If you take implants as an example, the big problem is that they have a shelf life,” says  Noel O’Hanlon of Genesis Automation

Cork-based medtech company Genesis Automation is to expand into the US market and multiply its employment level tenfold by 2020, according to its chi(...)

Andy Burnham, a contender for the leadership of the British Labour party, has defended his plans to renationalise Britain’s railways. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has defended his plans to renationalise Britain’s railways, insisting the scheme would pay for itself. The sh(...)

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