Tony O Brien

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The cost of claims against the HSE and settled last year by the agency jumped 13 per cent to €318.7 million, from €283.2 million in 2017. File photograph: Getty

The State is facing a liability of almost €2.8 billion to fund future personal injury and property claims against the Health Service Executive. The f(...)

Last October, Paul Reid was appointed by the Government to serve on the implementation advisory council for the Sláintecare health reform programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government is expected to agree to pay a salary of just over €300,000 per year to the new head of the HSE. The Sunday Business Post reported at t(...)

An audit of smear tests showed health service professionals that Vicky Phelan had wrongly received the all-clear from cervical cancer, but she was not told about it. Her High Court case in 2018 brought attention the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Tom Honan

The controversy over the CervicalCheck screening programme has convulsed the health service over the past year, but it might never have come to light (...)

Sláintecare reform plan proposed a way out of rows over alleged breaches of private practice rules, suggesting  public hospitals should be for public patients only. Photograph: Thinkstock

More than three years ago, the then head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Tony O’Brien warned Leo Varadkar – minister for health at the time – th(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris.

A protest outside Minister for Health Simon Harris’s home on Sunday afternoon has been condemned by politicians, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organis(...)

Plan will involve a  programme aimed at increasing prevention, surveillance and control of the spread of CPE

The Government is to put in place a new €20 million plan to tackle the spread of the hospital superbug, carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae (CP(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ambiguously ruled out any possibility of inviting Sinn Féin to form a government with Fine Gael. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

We are in a time of big things in politics. Those of us who lived through the decade and a half of post-cold war stability and prosperity had our comp(...)

Competition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for the accolade of being the most responsible political party intensified in December as Theresa May struggled to secure a ‘soft’ Brexit at Westminster. Micheál Martin agreed to prop up Leo Varadkar’s minority Government for a further year and contrasted political chaos in London to rational behaviour in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The prospect of a hard Brexit and falling economic growth has generated Government plans to protect Irish consumers and producers from shortages and d(...)

HSE director general John Connaghan is to step down from the post at the end of the year. File image: Oireachtas screengrab via PA.

John Connaghan, who became director general of the HSE pending the appointment of a successor to Tony O’Brien, is to step down from the post at the en(...)

 Tony O’Brien stepped down as HSE chief executive early last May at the height of the CervicalCheck controversy.

The Government may be prepared to pay a salary of about €300,000 as it seeks to find a chief executive to run the Health Service Executive . The post(...)

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