As a word, vaping has yet to achieve common currency, but it is getting there. Short for vapourising, it describes the process whereby nicotine is inh(...)

Beechpark Services, Woodford Business Park, Santry, Co. Dublin.

All the money so far provided from a funding boost for autism services announced by Minister for Health James Reilly last year has been spent on cutti(...)

Maxime Bourdon and Sébastien Bruas from French company Les Philébulistes performing on giant moving wheels during their acrobatic show Arcane at Eyre Square during the Galway Arts Festival in 2011. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pick a city where the proposed ban on alcoholic sponsorship of sporting events could have the most significant economic and social impact and that mig(...)

Tallaght hospital: The HSE ordered the hospital to carry out the review last year after it spent its full-year allocation in nine months. Photograph: David Sleator

Tallaght hospital in Dublin has received a €39 million debt write-off from the HSE after a review questioned its future financial viability because(...)

A Comptroller and Auditor General report said that over €4 million was paid into the account between 2002 and 2009 by a range of State bodies including the Department of Health. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Siptu has said it demoted a senior official by one grade arising from the controversy over how more than €4 million in public money ended up in an un(...)

  Lucy Best from Lisburn, Co. Antrim, with Matt English, at the  2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Ten years after the Special Olympics was the toast of Ireland when the opening ceremony of the World Summer Games took place in Croke Park, the moveme(...)

Savita Halappanavar: died at   Galway University Hospiital last  October. Photograph: The Irish Times

University Hospital Galway has been asked to provide the nursing regulator with duty rosters for staff for the period of Savita Halappanavar’s treatme(...)

“One is left with a sense of real sympathy for a vulnerable, very young woman, who was placed in a series of impossible situations, and who simply did(...)

It is understood that several Ministers, including Minister for Transport and Sport Leo Varadkar, set out detailed arguments against the draft memorandum on banning alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sports events. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Department of Health proposal to ban alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sports events has been questioned by other departments in their formal respon(...)

HSE director designate Tony O’Brien (near side) alongside Minister for Health James Reilly. Earlier this year, Mr O’Brien suggested a “significant streamlining” of the often embarrassing information it publishes on a monthly basis about waiting lists and financial overruns in the health service. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The head of the Health Service Executive proposed providing key information about the performance of the health service directly to the Department of (...)

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