The HSE has reimbursed almost 5,000 procedures at a cost of €9.2 million since the EU Cross-Border Healthcare Directive came into force in 2014. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Thousands of frustrated patients are heading overseas for medical treatment as waiting lists in Irish hospitals continue to soar, new figures show. T(...)

Retired soldier Michael Smith, who went to Wales for a cataract operation.

Michael Smith, a 66-year-old retired soldier, had waited for more than two years for a cataract operation before he decided to have treatment in Wales(...)

The number of children killed on the State’s roads has fallen by nearly three-quarters over the last two decades, a new study finds. Image: iStock.

The number of children killed on the State’s roads has fallen by nearly three-quarters (73.6 per cent) over the last two decades due to safer driving,(...)

Currently, oral hormonal contraception pills, patches, rings and injections all require a prescription. Photograph: Getty

GPs have strongly rejected proposals by the Irish Pharmacy Union that pharmacists should be given control of a State-funded, free national contracepti(...)

The contraceptive pill, patches and rings would be made available without prescription and without charge, regardless of eligibility, under the IPU proposal. File photograph: Getty Images

Pharmacists are seeking to deliver a State-funded free contraception service to women, including supplying contraceptive pills without prescription. (...)