A theatre in the private Beacon Hospital in Dublin. A consultant has warned that the temporary nationalisation of such facilities could lead to deaths of people reliant on private health services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A private hospital consultant has warned that some of his patients may go blind and that others could die as a result of the State’s temporary takeove(...)

  Kevin Spacey in a video he released, shortly after he was charged, in which in he takes the persona   of his character Frank Underwood in the popular Netflix TV series House of Cards. Photograph:   YouTube

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been charged in connection with an allegation that he sexually abused an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket, Massach(...)

US actor Kevin Spacey was charged with sexual assault in the US state of Massachusetts. Photograph: Arno Burgi/EPA

Actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexual assault in the US. The 59-year-old Academy Award winner is alleged to have assaulted a teenager at a (...)

Nurses and doctors in Irish hospitals have been urged not to call patients ‘love’ or ‘dear’, the HSE has said. File photograph: Getty Images

Nurses and doctors in Irish hospitals have been urged not to call patients “love” or “dear”, the HSE has said. Other pet names, such as “girls”, “lad(...)

Illustration of the new National Maternity Hospital

The board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group needs to clarify the position of the new National Maternity Hospital according to consultant ophthalmologis(...)

Sandra Higgins has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to a baby at her home in March, 2012. Photograph: Collins

A 10-month-old baby girl had “classic” symptoms of abusive head trauma, the trial of her former child minder heard on Thursday. Sandra Higgins (36), (...)

Donegal Bay in the southwest of the county: If Leo Varadkar can rebrand the west of Ireland successfully as the Wild Atlantic Way, perhaps the same can be done for primary care. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is hope at last that our dysfunctional health system might be fixed. I say system, not services, because by and large the services are as good a(...)

Professor Michael O’Keefe claimed health insurance rates were being inflated by inappropriate billing. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health insurer VHI insisted today that it took reports of inappropriate billing by hospitals “extremely seriously” and had established a specia(...)