Former taoiseach Brian Cowen once described his tenure at the Department of Health as akin to Angola, because administrative “landmines” (like a prolonged nurses’ strike, while having to deal with problems of bed shortages and overcrowding in hospitals) could detonate without warning.
Thu, 02 Nov, 2017
WHEN former Taoiseach Brian Cowen was minister for health, he famously compared the post to Angola’s notorious war zone. After only four months in office, the present incumbent, Simon Harris, might be inclined to agree with him.
Wed, 10 Aug, 2016
Earlier this week, as I waited on the line to do an interview with Waterford Local Radio, I overheard the Independent TD for the constituency, John Halligan, say that 24-hour cardiac services in Waterford hospital would be “a red-line issue” for him in terms of supporting a government.
Fri, 15 Apr, 2016
The fear that up to 100,000 people could lose medical cards due to the Government’s plan to cut €660m from funding for the Department of Health is leading to a considerable degree of anxiety among older vulnerable people. This seems to be a perennial problem for successive governments.
Fri, 18 Oct, 2013
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government today refused rebel leader Laurent Nkunda’s demand for direct talks to solve the crisis in eastern Kivu province, where tens of thousands of desperate refugees were receiving international aid.
Tue, 04 Nov, 2008