Tony O Brien

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Tony O’Brien: stepped down from the HSE in May at the height of the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Health Simon Harris has been forced to return to the drawing board after a high-profile recruitment campaign failed to find a successor t(...)

Dr Ruairi Hanley: other, downgraded hospitals are “glorified nursing homes”. Photograph: James Forde

When the recent head of the health service says he would not want to be treated in your hospital, then you should know you have a problem. Navan hosp(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Angela Twohey, secretary of Friends of Nenagh Hospital, at the opening of the UL Hospitals cataract centre at Nenagh Hospital. Photograph:  Brian Arthur

There were roughly equal amounts of smirking and scowling among Fine Gael TDs and Ministers yesterday when asked about the criticisms of Minister for (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Minister for Health Simon Harris and said the HSE’s practice of passing its problems onto the Department of Health needs to change.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Minister for Health Simon Harris and said the HSE’s practice of passing its problems onto the Department of He(...)

A spokeswoman for Simon Harris said: ‘Tony O’Brien took the decision to step down from his post. The Minister believes that was the right decision.’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has strongly backed Minister for Health Simon Harris in his running of the health service, after the Minister was severely crit(...)

During the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, many were moved and delighted at the tribute paid to the NHS. I remember the recently ousted (...)

Highly placed sources within the HSE say the overrun this year could be between €750 million and a worst-case scenario of €1.1 billion.  Photograph: Alan Betson

By the last week in June, officials in the Department of Public Expenditure were worried and wanted answers. The latest health spending figures had ju(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald told the Dáil that “women were literally allowed to die before fault was admitted”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Scally report, published on Wednesday, was a measured account of a profound failure by the State’s health services. But its conclusions demonstra(...)

Supermac’s outlet on Eyre Square, Galway city. File photograph: Google Street View

A woman who wrote a letter objecting to a planned fast food outlet at Eyre Square in Galway city which would compete with a nearby Supermac’s is a lon(...)

Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Letters purporting to come from the occupant of a property owned by Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s objecting to a competing fast food outlet proposed for(...)

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