The agreement provides for the filling of 144 staff nurse jobs

HSE says vacant ED nursing posts will be filled

23 May The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said it has received confirmation from the Health Service Executive that all vacant nursing posts in emergency departments will be filled.

The parents protested outside HSE offices in the town

Parents march in Tullamore over autism supports

19 May Over 100 parents of children with autism in Laois and Offaly have marched in Tullamore in protest over the lack of professional support services and a back log for treatment in the two counties.

The bakery said there is no risk to consumers who may have already consumed the product

Brennans Bakeries in product recall

18 May Brennans Bakeries has issued a recall of the Brennans Family Pan 800g (Best Before Date 20 May 2016) Code 18, which may contain small pieces of laminated paper.

The review says there is scope to improve ambulance response times

Target time for ambulances not achievable - NAS

17 May The National Ambulance Service capacity review has said the service cannot possibly achieve the HIQA prescribed target of dealing with 80% of life-threatening and potentially life-threatening calls within eight minutes.

Finian McGrath said he would like to work with the minister for health on creative new health policies to help people quit smoking

McGrath says he supports tobacco-free aim

16 May Minister of State with special responsibility for disability Finian McGrath has said he totally supports the health strategy to make Ireland tobacco free by 2025.

The PNA says there are currently 600 nursing vacancies

Psychiatric nurses to ballot on industrial action

13 May The Psychiatric Nurses Association is to ballot members over the next two weeks for industrial action up to and including a strike in response to staff shortages in the mental health services.

Maurice Neligan said that he believed sorting children into teams by weight as opposed to age is a good idea

Warning over serious injuries in children's rugby

11 May A leading orthopaedic surgeon at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin has said he is seeing children as young as nine and ten with serious ligament injuries around the knee and shoulder as a result of playing rugby.

Micheál Martin said that he wanted to give the new Government a fair chance

Martin: Health and housing should be priorities

10 May Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said health and housing are the key issues facing the country, while he describes as "very dishonest" Leo Varadkar's portrayal of the talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on facilitating government formation.

There were no fire exit signs and no emergency lighting in the kitchen and utility room

Fire safety concerns at Cork residential centre

10 May HIQA inspectors instructed the Health Service Executive last autumn to immediately address serious fire safety risks to residents and staff at one of its residential centres for adults with disabilities.