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The HSE has brought Hiqa to court over a reduction in the number of registered beds at the 53-bed Midleton Community Hospital by three. Photograph: Alan Betson

The HSE is taking a legal action against the State’s health service regulator to challenge an order to reduce the number of beds at a second Co Cork n(...)

The HSE and Hiqa  have clashed previously  in legal proceedings over a difference of opinion around conditions in a care facility. Photograph: Getty Images

The HSE has taken a legal action against the State’s health service regulator over its insistence that the number of registered beds at a west Cork co(...)

The HSE effectively took over the operation of nearly 20 private hospitals amid concerns the public system would be overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The €100 million a month deal that saw the State take over nearly 20 private hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic was entered into without having “t(...)

Jim Breslin, secretary general of the Department of Health, said ‘very significant changes’ were needed in how we care for our most vulnerable older people. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There was no discrimination against the private nursing home sector by the health service as the Covid-19 pandemic emerged, the secretary general of t(...)

Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE, believes the elderly care sector will need to change in order to tackle further outbreaks of the virus or other diseases. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

There will have to be “very significant changes” to how vulnerable older people are cared for in the Covid-19 pandemic, the head of the Health Service(...)

Wish you were here? While  countries across Europe are beginning to reopen their tourist markets, Irish people still have no idea if they are coming or going. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish holidaymakers who had hoped to see even an outline of their summer plans emerging from the fog of confusion created by the Covid-19 pandemic wil(...)

Aeroplanes grounded at Dublin airport during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

A third of people coming into the country are not answering the phone to officials checking if they are self-isolating. The Oireachtas Covid-19 commi(...)

Nursing Homes Ireland chief executive, Tadhg Daly had a clear, simply-messaged story to tell when he appeared before the Dáil’s special Covid-19 committee on Tuesday. File photograph: Getty

At a meeting of the Dáil’s special Covid-19 committee on Tuesday, TDs heard that while the coronavirus pandemic took hold across Irish society, nursin(...)

The courts system is hoping to resume full-day physical hearings  ‘as soon as tomorrow’

The courts system is expected to resume full-day physical hearings shortly after receiving etailed advice earlier this morning on the question of the (...)

The National Public Health Emergency Team’s scheduled meeting for Tuesday had to be cancelled because of the committee hearing. File photograph: The Irish Times

TDs’ first attempt to scrutinise Ireland’s response to Covid-19 by questioning the main officials involved was a rushed, uneven affair, even given the(...)

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