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Minister  for Health Leo Varadkar has backed the HSE’s proposal, saying: ‘It is sad that we have to do it, but the only way to satisfy ourselves that this is not happening in other places is to have our own undercover inspections.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A proposal to send Health Service Executive (HSE) inspectors undercover into creches and care homes to root out abuses by staff has provoked differin(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien:  “Such standards should not and will not be tolerated in the HSE.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive has apologised to residents at a Co Mayo disability centre and their families over their mistreatment at the hands of sta(...)

Health system: Enda Kenny said the system was not perfect by any means and the Health Service Executive had acknowledged there was a potential for delay at times of high demand in the emergency care system. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

The ambulance service’s current target is for 80 per cent of life-threatening calls to be responded to in under 19 minutes, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said(...)

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has been urged to issue a statement clarifying how stations are to approach discussions on wide-ranging issues including same-sex marriage. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Irish secretary Séamus Dooley has called on the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to clarify the issues surr(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn has said  revelations by RTÉ’s Investigations Unit about abuse at Áras Attracta in  Co Mayo are appalling, but there are “specific limitations” to any inspection regime. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The State’s health watchdog has expressed reservations about undercover inspections of care homes on legal and privacy grounds.The Health Information (...)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor  as Nidge in Love/Hate. The depiction of Travellers by Travellers in the  RTÉ series generally has helped the image of the group, a leading Traveller representative has stated.

The depiction of Travellers by Travellers in the Love/Hate RTÉ series generally has helped the image of the group, a leading Traveller representative (...)

Amy Delahunt and her partner Oliver Kelly leaving Limerick Coroners Court where the inquest into the death of their daughter Mary Kate Kelly is taking place. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

An inquest has opened in Limerick into the death of a baby girl who died just a day after her mother was told at the maternity unit in Portlaoise hosp(...)

A still image from the RTÉ Prime Time video about alleged abuses in Bungalow Three at Áras Attracta Care Home in Swinford Co Mayo. The programme will be broadcast on Tuesday. Photograph: RTÉ

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has backed the use of undercover investigations to identify possible abuse of patients in care units. He said the Ára(...)

A still image from the RTE Prime Time video about alleged abuses in Bungalow Three at Áras Attracta Care Home in Swinford Co Mayo. Photograph: RTÉ

Shocking scenes of mistreatment of residents at a Co Mayo centre for adults with intellectual disabilities feature in an undercover documentary to be (...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: scathing in his criticism of the abusive behaviour at Áras Attracta in Swinford. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive is considering sending undercover inspectors into creches and care homes to root out abuses by staff, according to its di(...)

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