Irish Community Rapid Response’s chief executive John Kearney and pilot Capt John Murray at Kerry Airport after the emergency medical service’s first flight.  File photograph: Don MacMonagle/PA Wire

Ireland’s first charity-led air ambulance service has launched a major fundraising drive to meet its annual €2 million running costs as it revealed it(...)

Cpt John Murray (centre) with crew Paul Traynor and Brian O’Callaghan and the new air ambulance at Rathcoole aerodrome in north Co Cork. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

A new charity air ambulance which will provide emergency medical services for up to two million people in Munster and south Leinster has been official(...)

David Weldrick who died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Kilkee bay on Saturday. File photograph: Dave Gaynor

The man who died after being airlifted to hospital in a critical condition following a swimming incident in Co Clare on Saturday has been named locall(...)

The cyclists had been travelling along the R458 which runs parallel to the N18 dual carriageway when the crash occurred. Photograph: iStock

Two cyclists were hospitalised, one with serious injuries, while four others were also hurt when at least one of them collided with a car during a cyc(...)

An Air Corps helicopter at the Wicklow Gap during the search and rescue of a light aircraft that crashed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Air Corps is struggling to sustain operations because of a critical shortage of fully trained personnel. Both operational wings are significantly(...)

The National Ambulance Service received 259 calls on Friday between 7am and noon, with five of these responded to by the Department of Defence, the HSE said. File photograph: Alan Betson

The HSE has said it was able to respond to ambulance service calls on Friday despite a strike by up to 500 personnel. The staff concerned staged a wo(...)

The Medical Protection website notes that 'soundalike and lookalike drug pairs . . . have been involved in errors and near misses in Irish hospitals'.

According to James Joyce “a man’s errors are his portals of discovery”, and in medicine, health professionals are faced with more “portals of discover(...)

The NAS has issued an appeal to the public, asking people not to make unnecessary calls to emergency services. Photograph: Thinkstock

The National Ambulance Service (NAS) has asked the public not to make non-life threatening calls to any emergency services. The appeal comes after pa(...)

A 24-hour breakdown and recovery service had to be dispatched on a total of 203 occasions during 2016 in response to callouts from stranded emergency ambulances

HSE ambulances broke down and required roadside assistance more than 200 times last year, new figures have revealed. A 24-hour breakdown and recovery(...)

An ambulance paramedic was left stranded at a filling station in Co Laois after a disagreement with a colleague who drove off, forcing controllers to (...)

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