Paul Reid, HSE chief executive: The HSE pointed to large numbers of day cases being treated and argued hospitals were getting busier. The private consultants contended that the private hospitals were on average two-thirds empty. Photograph: Photocalll Ireland/PA

Hundreds of thousands of people covered by health insurance will once again be in a position to be treated in private hospitals from the beginning of (...)

Fiona Kavanagh,  whose three opticians businesses in Thurles, Cashel and Athy will open on Monday after investment inn safety equipment for staff and customers.  Photograph:  Debbie Hickey

Electrical stores, opticians, motor dealers and garden centres are among the businesses re-opening their doors on Monday following weeks of enforced c(...)

Blackrock Clinic in May 2020. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

“We feared Armageddon,” says Debbie O’Neill, the clinical nurse manager of the intensive care unit in the Blackrock Clinic. “One of my colleagues put (...)

 Marian and Michael Caulfield visiting Marian’s mother, Lena Daniel, at St Joseph’s in Shankill, Co Dublin. Michael was volunteering at St Joseph’s before Lena came to live here, just over a year ago. Having Lena here ‘has been an absolute lifesaver’, Marian says. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Siobhan Grant greets me in the lobby of St Joseph’s in Shankill, Co Dublin, the largest dementia day care centre in the State, and directs me to the h(...)

In a statement, the NTPF said it will maintain focus on ‘improving waiting times for inpatient and day case treatment, while also significantly increasing its focus on outpatients’. File photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people on hospital waiting lists rose slightly in January, marking a reversal of recent declines driven by increased government spending(...)

All the parties want to spend more on hospitals, but also more on primary care and GPs. And they want to cut a variety of patient charges. Photograph: PA

Health is supposed to be one of the key battlegrounds in the election campaign, but there is a large degree of unanimity in the different party manife(...)

Postering in Dublin city centre  Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil outlined their general election manifestos on Friday, and here’s how they compare in a number of key areas. Tax cuts v(...)

‘The Government needs to set up a taskforce urgently to assess why houses are much more expensive to build outside Dublin city centre than major English cities,’ says Ballymore Group founder Sean Mulryan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘The Housing Fix’ is an Irish Times series exploring solutions to Ireland’s housing crisis – arguably the biggest social and economic issue facing the(...)

Over one million people are on one or other kind of public waiting list at present, and for much of Minister for Health Simon Harris’ period in office, this number has been increasing. Photograph: Alan Betson

Long waiting lists for hospital appointments and procedures represent one of the biggest failings of the current Government. Over one million people (...)

Have waiting lists to see a consultant increased by the equivalent figure it would take to feel Croke Park, Thomond Park and Páirc Uí Chaoimh together? File photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Question: Have waiting lists to see a consultant increased by the equivalent figure it would take to fill Croke Park, Thomond Park and Páirc Uí Chaoi(...)

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