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In a statement, the Kerry hospital said its emergency department has experienced significant overcrowding over the last 24-48 hours due to increased patient attendances.

University Hospital Kerry has asked the public to limit their visits to “genuine” emergencies due to significant overcrowding. In a statement, the Ke(...)

Expressions of sympathy on the late former TD Jackie Healy Rae were heard in the Dáil on Wednesday, nearly five years after his death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Lunchtime on Wednesday in Leinster House. The corridors are quiet. Leo Varadkar is still in the chamber answering routine questions about his departm(...)

The Taoiseach  has described as ‘reasonable and sensible’ a suggestion that Junior Cert students who suffer a bereavement during their exams should be allowed to resit those exams. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described as “reasonable and sensible” a suggestion that Junior Cert students who suffer a bereavement during their exams s(...)

‘You can bet the house’ that Peter Casey, pictured, will run for the European Parliament, and the Dáil, according to his friend Senator Gerard Craughwell. Photo Nick Bradshaw

He hasn’t gone away, you know. Peter Casey, the initial no-hoper who confounded commentators and critics by coming a strong second to Michael D Higgi(...)

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.(...)

The site of the new national children’s hospital in Dublin. There are suggestions that the final bill could top €2 billion, making it one of the most expensive hospitals in the world. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The extraordinary overrun in the cost of building the national children’s hospital requires a full explanation and a reassessment of how major public (...)

The Thornton Hall site in north Dublin, close to the M50, was bought by the Prison Service in 2004 and has been vacant since. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s chronic housing crisis has shone a spotlight on vacant land across the State, with calls to tax owners of such sites to force the hands of d(...)

Posters advocating a No vote were prominently displayed in Kilgarvan village, leaving locals in no doubt where the two Healy-Rae TDs stood on the contentious issue. File photograph: Dáil Éireann TV

The sense of surprise was palpable when it became clear that not even the mighty Healy-Rae machine could halt the abortion Yes juggernaut in the famil(...)

Former  minister for finance Michael Noonan who had not declared his position: “We’ll see what is in the Bill but my general disposition would be to support what is being proposed by the Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Many TDs who were previously opposed to the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion now say they will vote for it, a survey by The Irish Times h(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: Fianna Fáil TDs Bobby Aylward, Kevin O’Keeffe and Margaret Murphy O’Mahony have criticised Fianna Fáil’s decision to support the passage of the drink-driving Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs have criticised the party’s decision not to oppose controversial legislation to clamp down on drink drivers. The party is(...)

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