Ten things we could do if we really want to fix the HSE
Maurice Gueret1 Change the name. Let's face it. Nobody loves the Health Service Executive. It's a dreadful name. Like the Authority before it that proved to have no such thing.
James Reilly is an Irish politician with the Fine Gael political party. He was TD for the North Dublin constituency from 2007 to 2016 and was the Minister for Health from March 2011 to July 2014.
Maurice Gueret1 Change the name. Let's face it. Nobody loves the Health Service Executive. It's a dreadful name. Like the Authority before it that proved to have no such thing.
Kevin DoyleFORMER Health Minister James Reilly has warned that the introduction of...
Ian O'DohertyThere used to be a well-worn phrase that all political careers end in failure. But...
Andrew PhelanA protester who was accused of wilfully obstructing a minister’s car and...
Robin Schiller and Laura LynottFormer minister Dr James Reilly escaped a conviction after his vehicle was clocked...
Philip Ryan Former Fine Gael deputy leader James Reilly has defended his decision to object to the construction of 151 new homes in his Dublin constituency.
Niall O'Connor FINE Gael leadership frontrunner Leo Varadkar has been accused by one of his own party colleagues of spouting “fake news” in relation to his achievements in the Department of Health.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former health minister James Reilly has urged the Government to pitch a 70-acre site close to Dublin Airport as home for a major EU body.
Ken Whelan It's full steam ahead at James Reilly's farm in Cavan where the 30-year-old is flat out reinstating the beef and sheep enterprise which has been in the family for the past four generations.
Jason Kennedy Only a few days into 2017 and Ireland is facing its biggest recorded trolley crisis. We take a look back at how the problem has grown over the last five years,
Daniel McConnell and Niall O'Connor The State will begin paying two weeks worth of paternity benefits to fathers from as early as next June, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Eilish O'Regan The unpopular prescription charge for medical card holders will not be abolished in the upcoming Budget after it was revealed it had brought in more than €300m since 2011.
Independent.ie Newsdesk 'Cash or time off? Ministers clash on childcare' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan The Labour Party and Fine Gael are deeply split over whether extra childcare cash should be directed to raising child benefit payments or bringing in new parental leave.
Niall O'Connor The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has provided assurances to Children's Minister James Reilly (pictured) that his officials are under no obligation to meet representatives of the...
Ivan Yates The chickens are coming home to roost at the Department of Health. As reported in this paper earlier this week, the HSE requires €1.867bn to run the health service in 2016. This completely...
Eilish O'Regan The HSE's demands for a €2bn rise in funding next year have been dismissed as "unrealistic" by Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin.
Health chiefs have been ordered to review the use of isolation units for troubled teenagers in light of a damning inspection of a care home.
Daniel McConnell Young children under the age of five with special needs are to benefit from additional supports in the Budget.
Madonna, singer/actress, is 57. Ulrika Jonsson, television presenter, is 48. Angela Bassett, actress, is 58. James Cameron, Oscar-winning movie director, is 61. Evanna Lynch, Irish actress, is 24. Steve Carell, actor, is 53. James Reilly, Fine Gael minister, is 60.
Colum Kenny The sell-off of Eircom was ultimately a bad deal for small investors and for the state. Fears over a possible disposal of Irish Water have been widespread. And now the EU wants to privatise the services...
John Downing It is a year ago almost to the day since Health Minister Leo Varadkar flatly told us that the Government's ambitious health plans would take much longer to achieve. And that the much-reviled HSE would continue.
Philip Ryan Thirty one staff members working in the Oberstown facility for young offenders in Dublin received serious injuries following violent incidents over the past four months.
Philip Ryan A shocking 31 staff members working in the Oberstown facility for young offenders in Dublin received serious injuries following violent incidents at the centre in the past four months.
Paul Williams and Eilish O'Regan Staff had been raising security and safety concerns for months at the child detention centre from which four teenage boys absconded at the weekend.
Eilish O'Regan One in 20 birth parents currently on a voluntary contact register has indicated a desire not to be reunited with their adopted son or daughter.
Padraic Halpin Ireland will allow tens of thousands of adopted people access to their birth certificates for the first time under proposed legislation that some advocacy groups say could still deprive many of their...
Tanaiste Joan Burton has urged support for reforms to give adopted people rights to their birth certificates and to trace their birth mother.
Ivan Yates The debate surrounding Children’s Minister James Reilly’s Inter-Departmental Group Report into future childcare services is uniformly one dimensional. The singular narrative for parents of...
Marese McDonagh and Gareth Morgan Minister for Children James Reilly will not commit to a timeframe for implementing ambitious changes to help families with the burder of childcare.
Fionnán Sheahan The Coalition is planning to extend a childcare subsidy to low- and middle-income working parents.
Tim Healy THE publishers of the Irish Mail on Sunday have apologised in the High Court to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, over an article which falsely linked him to a developer...
Eilish O'Regan Health Minister Leo Varadkar has bluntly admitted that the Health Service Executive (HSE) has failed to prioritise patient safety or fully learned the lessons of baby deaths and tragic cases of misdiagnosis.
Daniel McConnell It was great for a while, wasn't it? The more Leo Varadkar says he would do nothing about the health system, the more people thought he was deadly.
Maeve Sheehan The Minister for Children, Dr James Reilly, has cleared the debt that led to a €1.9m judgement being registered against him, in Stubbs Gazette but his name was still on the debt defaulters' list last week.
Kim Bielenberg It is a crisis in which it is possible to feel sympathy for almost everyone involved. On the roads into the ferry port at Calais, Irish truckers, who are just trying to do their jobs, have to contend...
Sara Burke Health minister Leo Varadkar is known for his straight-talking. But he is not being totally candid in relation to the cost of his own government's Universal Health Insurance (UHI) policy. He is...
Shane O'Riordan A leading athlete and a government minister have spoken out about the challenges they have faced with their mental health.
Paul O'Donoghue Construction has begun on a controversial primary care centre in Balbriggan, located in former Health Minister Dr James Reilly's constituency of Dublin North, the Irish Independent has learned.
Willie Kealy and Philip Ryan The new political party being founded by TDs Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shortall and Senator Katherine Zappone will be officially launched within weeks, with an immediate target of raising €1m to fight the next election, the Sunday Independent has learned.
Kim Bielenberg Busy parents of primary school children may see it as a much-needed digout. They are waiting to see what the government's long-awaited plans for subsidised after-school care consist of.
Daniel McConnell Former Finance Minister Alan Dukes once boasted about his abilities for the job telling an audience that: "I am pure logic".
Ivan Yates If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. Benjamin Franklin's quote aptly describes current Irish health policy. There's an identity crisis in our national health services. At every level of clinical...
Emma Jane Hade and Paul Healy CHILDREN'S Minister James Reilly has no regrets about not downgrading Portlaoise Hospital despite a report in 2011 recommending such a move.
Eilis O'Hanlon Lucinda Creighton thinks that criminalising parents for smacking their children would be "totally unacceptable". She's right. It's not as totally unacceptable, though, as smacking them in the first place. The dilemma is how to get parents to stop thinking they have the right to hit children without going down the legal route.
Kevin Doyle Children's Minister James Reilly has put his mansion on the market for €2.75m.
Mark O'Regan A law banning the slapping of children could result in "draconian penalties" for parents, a legal expert has warned.
Sam Griffin MORE than 1,000 contacts in relation to suicide were received by the country’s leading children’s charity last year.
Nicola Anderson The Minister for Children Dr James Reilly hopes that a new initiative to promote and enhance the quality of early childhood care will help prevent the abuse of young kids in creches.
Ed Carty Health watchdogs were not asked to investigate a hospital where four newborn babies have died in two and a half years, it has been claimed.
Independent.ie Newsdesk THE Health Service Executive has confirmed that it has launched an investigation after the death of a newborn baby at Cavan General Hospital yesterday afternoon.
Mark O'Regan The State has moved to cut funding for the Catholic Church's marriage preparation courses ahead of the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage.
Greg Harkin A Catholic priest has backed a 'Yes' vote in the marriage-equality referendum - just days after his bishop spoke out in favour of a 'No' vote.
Lise Hand It was all a bit stilted and awkward at first. Enda Kenny and James Reilly were perched on a sofa in a bright room, flanked by seven young members of the LGBT community.
Lise Hand The Taoiseach today told a group of young members of the LGBT community campaigning for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum, “it’s your country, it’s your society, you should be...
David Quinn The Iona Institute, which I founded and head up, currently looms large in the minds of some of our Government ministers. This is because of the marriage referendum coming up on May 22, and...
Eilish O’Regan A major review is underway after the discovery of hundreds of files relating to children reported to social services in Laois and Offaly.
Niall O'Connor Prejudice against gay people is a "cancer" on society that has led to the murder of an innocent man and partners being denied the right to visit their dying loved ones in hospital, according to Children's...
Lise Hand In many ways it was a shame that when the (metaphorical) curtain rose on the Taoiseach as he took centre stage in the Gaiety Theatre to launch his party's 'Yes' campaign in the Marriage Equality...
Niall O'Connor Health Minister Leo Varadkar is more focused on photo opportunities than developing a long term plan for the health system, according to Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.
Philip Ryan Parents are for the first-time being invited to submit suggestions to the Government on how to address the childcare crisis.
Tim Healy A Bank of Ireland sales manager who was sacked for "gross misconduct" over the sending of pornographic emails has won a six-year battle to get his job back.
A Bank of Ireland sales manager - sacked for "gross misconduct" over the sending of pornographic emails - has won a six year battle to get his job back.
Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent A group leading the campaign calling for a 'No' vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum has accused social media giant Twitter of trying to interfere in Irish politics.
Niall O'Connor A government minister has accused leading members of the 'No' campaign in the Marriage Equality Referendum of using children as "pawns" in order to spread fear.
Niall O'Connor A Government minister has accused leading members of the 'No' campaign in the Marriage Equality Referendum of using children as "pawns" in order to spread fear.
Sarah Caden There's no more stark signal that you've become a mammy than when, after the birth of your first child, your child's father goes back to work. It's a shock, because as they walk out the door,...
Niall O'Connor The Irish Courts will next week begin hearing the first case of its kind taken against the State over plans to introduce plain tobacco products.
Niall O'Connor THE Irish Courts will next week begin hearing the first case of its kind taken against the State over plans to introduce plain tobacco products.
Ralph Riegel Children's Minister Dr James Reilly is contacting the family of a special needs boy who was targeted by teen buillies.
Philip Ryan THE Government has been told to increase maternity leave to a year to reduce the cost of childcare for cash-strapped families.
Sara Burke In whose interest is it that there is an ugly spat between the HSE and the health watchdog Hiqa?
Niall O'Connor THE Government will tomorrow begin the practice of moving underage males out of adult prisons on a permanent basis.
Sara Burke James Reilly is pioneering a crusade in Europe against the tobacco industry through the introduction of plain packaging for cigarette packets in Ireland.
Daniel McConnell One major tobacco company engaged 161 lobbyists at a cost of several million euros to stop plain packaging on cigarette boxes, Minister for Children James Reilly has claimed.
Sara Burke The central plank of this Government's 'democratic revolution' for health was to develop a 'universal, single-tiered health service, which guarantees access based on need, not income'.
Independent.ie Newsdesk An emotional former Health Minister James Reilly broke down when discussing his son during an interview with Ray D'Arcy.
Niall O'Connor President Michael D Higgins is this evening expected to sign into law the legislation introducing plain packaging for tobacco products.
Ian O'Doherty As our beloved President mulls over his decision on whether to pass James Reilly's legislation forcing tobacco companies to sell their product in plain packaging, two things have become clear.
Kathryn Hayes A 'no' result in the upcoming marriage equality referendum would send out a "bad message internationally" to those who want to come and work in Ireland, the Children's Minister has said.
Niall O'Connor and John Mulligan Children's Minister James Reilly has formally requested that the Government divests itself of all shares in tobacco companies.
Aideen Sheehan Families in Ireland spend 35pc of their income on childcare compared to 12pc in the rest of Europe.
Niall O'Connor Children's Minister James Reilly says he is prepared for a series of legal challenges from tobacco firms who are trying to "intimidate" the Government over its plain packaging legislation.
Ed Carty, Press Association IRELAND has become the first country in Europe to pass laws banning branded cigarette packets.
Ireland has become the first country in Europe to pass laws banning branded cigarette packets.
Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent THE problem with mapping how the health service will cope with the demands of new housing communities is that it is already playing catch-up - and in some areas it is even regressing.
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Niall O'Connor Children's Minister James Reilly has managed to fast-track his plain packaging proposals in a move that will take tobacco companies by surprise.
A leading Irish charity has announced it will no longer accept any corporate donations from a top law firm which is acting for tobacco giant Japan Tobacco in threatened court action against the State to block plain cigarette packs.
Philip Ryan Children's Minister James Reilly said it is not appropriate for legal firm Arthur Cox to represent tobacco firms and State agencies under the aegis of his department.
Philip Ryan Political Correspondent CHILDREN’S Minister James Reilly has said it is not appropriate for legal firm Arthur Cox to represent tobacco firms and State agencies under the aegis of his Department.
The spectacle of a Minister losing their seat used to be as rare as a sober Irishman on St Patrick's Day.
Sarah McCabe There was outrage this week when it emerged that Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has threatened, via lawyers Arthur Cox, to sue the Irish Government for damages if it does not halt the progress of plain packaging legislation making its way through the Dail.
Eilish O'Regan PEOPLE who want to foster a child can be turned down if they are too overweight, Children's Minister James Reilly has admitted.
Niall O'Connor and Eilish O'Regan A SECOND powerful tobacco firm has threatened legal action over the Government's plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarette products, the Irish Independent has learned.
Eilish O'Regan Fewer than one in five of the population over the age of 15 is now a smoker, with 70,000 quitting last year.
Niall O'Connor GAY children struggling to come to terms with their sexuality will suffer greatly if the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum campaign turns hostile, Children's Minister James Reilly has warned.
Niall O'Connor SOME of the world's largest tobacco firms are preparing to mount major legal challenges in a bid to block the Government's controversial plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco...
Nicola Anderson Minister for Children James Reilly has opened up about the bullying of his son.
Ian Paisley Jnr As the MP for North Antrim, I am still reeling from the news that 1,000 jobs in my constituency are set to be lost with the closure of the JTI/Gallaher tobacco factory. The devastation that this will...
Colette Browne In advance of today's Dáil vote to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, Labour TDs really need to get their stories straight. If they're going to betray their consciences, and vote...
Niall O'Connor CHILDREN'S Minister James Reilly is forging ahead with plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco - despite an unprecedented level of opposition from fellow EU member states.
Emma Jane Hade Children's Minister Dr James Reilly has welcomed the appointment of a 'Safety Advisory Board' to controversial website Ask.fm.
More than one in 10 mothers-to-be smoke all through their pregnancy, the latest report on Irish children has revealed.
Daniel McConnell WORKING parents are in line for tax breaks and subsidies to support childcare costs under a new Government plan to ease the burden on hard-pressed families.
Claire Mc Cormack SIXTEEN children are being detained in adult prisons in the capital, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Joe Brennan The Government said it remains committed to bringing the state-owned VHI under Central Bank regulation, after missing yet another deadline to comply with EU law.
Pressure is mounting on Northern Ireland to launch a public inquiry into decades of alleged abuse at so-called mother and baby homes after Ireland announced a three-year probe into more than 14 institutions.
Eilish O’Regan Health Correspondent The Commission of investigation into Mother and Baby homes will extend its probe from the 1920s to as late as 1998, it emerged today.
Eilish O'Regan THE Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes and "related matters" will extend its investigation to the early part of the last century, Government sources said yesterday.
Niall O'Connor Former Health Minister James Reilly has refused to accept personal responsibility for the overcrowding crisis in Emergency Departments.
Eilish O'Regan MINISTER for Children James Reilly is to bring the terms of reference for the commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes before the Cabinet today.
Niall O'Connor and Anne-Marie Walsh THE Government has abandoned plans to introduce a second free pre-school year for toddlers, the Irish Independent has learned.
The Irish health service starts off 2015 in a better place to where it was a year ago. There are two new, bright, competent, younger men in charge. Leo Varadkar as minister and Jim Breslin as Secretary General in the health department.
Michael Staines CHILDLINE will remain open 24-hours a day after last minute public donations were complemented by a two-year government funding arrangement.
Fionnan Sheahan THE new abortion legislation would have affected how Savita Halappanavar was treated, if it had been in place at the time, the Government says.
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