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# David Cullinane

This year
HSE extends recruitment freeze to include agency staff and junior doctors
The changes announced in the memo take place ‘with immediate effect’.
Tánaiste concedes 'real difficulty' surrounding cost of National Children’s Hospital
Responding to a question in the Dáil, Micheál Martin said the last thing you should do with any public contract is “start putting costs out there”.
Children's Hospital Board rejects claim operating theatre fault could cost 'tens of millions'
The matter is expected to be raised in the Dáil later today.
11 of the hospital's 22 operating theatres will require works to address a problem identified last year.
A TD suggested the issue could cause delays and cost tens of millions, but the hospital board has refuted those claims.
The matter is the most recent controversy for a project that has repeatedly come to public attention.
Taoiseach tours National Children's Hospital as construction reaches 80% completion
Inflation and Ukraine fallout pose fresh hurdles for children's hospital as structure takes shape
'Not in interest of the State' to share estimates of Children's Hospital final cost
The Minister said that rising costs for the hospital will not impact other healthcare facility projects, despite the HSE warning that it will.
SF seeks investigation into lack of paediatric ICU beds in Cork after girl's death from Strep A
Parents of girl who died of Strep A urge parents and doctors to be vigilant about the illness.
HSE boss: Flu, RSV and Covid figures at levels above Govt's 'most pessimistic modelling' for winter
Planning for next winter to begin early when health system is ‘over the worst’, says Stephen Mulvaney.
Health bosses will appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee today.
Covid, RSV and influenza continue to place significant pressure on GPs and hospitals.
HSE interim CEO to tell TDs that health service staff "do not believe this is acceptable".
Chief medical officer has not advocated for a mask mandate, says Taoiseach
Consultants warn of stark impacts for patients due to 'avoidable delays' in health system
Last year
Nation's oral health at risk as children not seeing a dentist until their teens
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said not everyone is getting the high-quality dental care they deserve.
'Outrageous': Over 75s face average wait of 20 hours in some Emergency Departments
PAC Chair Brian Stanley said wait times in emergency departments is an intolerable situation in a well funded health system.
'No good reason given' as to why NMH could not be transferred to state, says Cullinane
Ministers are set to make a final decision on relocating the National Maternity Hospital on Tuesday, following intense scrutiny over the terms of the arrangement with St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.
Fewer than one in three patients admitted to wards within HSE target of six hours
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly launched the survey’s results today.
Government approves creation of new Regional Health Areas as part of Sláintecare reforms
There will be a total of six RHAs under the new plans approved by the Government.
All time
Government says it's 'not practical' to give Dáil scrutiny to Covid emergency powers
A number of politicians have said they are not prepared to sign off on giving ‘wide ranging powers’ to the health minister.
Questions over actual number of booster 'no-shows' as people report problems with booking system
People who already received the booster have reported difficulties cancelling HSE appointments.
HSE boss Paul Reid said that up to 50% of appointments for booster jabs were 'no-shows'.
People who have already received the extra jab say they were unable to cancel unneeded appointments.
Opposition politicians say clarity is needed on what exactly is causing the issue, writes Céimin Burke.
Sinn Féin seeks to outlaw the 'blacklisting' of journalists by media organisations
The proposal follows on from the ban of Irish Times staff appearing on Newstalk in 2017.
Sinn Féin TD calls on Oireachtas Committee to investigate HSE procurement of ventilators
The HSE has been criticised in an audit report about its procurement of the ventilators at the beginning of Covid-19.
Kelly accuses Donnelly of 'incompetence' during heated row in Dáil over Covid vaccine roll-out
Donnelly told the Dáil he is “reluctant” to give specific estimates on vaccine deliveries.
HSE chief says confidence levels in AstraZeneca 'rocked' by supply issues
Earlier the health minister said that over a seven-day period last week, the company revised down deliveries “at the very last minute, three times”.
Health Minister asks task force to examine if Ireland can procure extra vaccines alongside EU supply deal
The Dáil heard that other EU countries are securing more supplies on their own.
Plan for reopening non-Covid healthcare services could take 'several weeks'
TDs have called for the plan’s publication to be accelerated.
'Anomalies have arisen': Donohoe admits 'gap' in wage subsidy scheme for low paid workers
Sinn Féin says workers are being penalised in some cases.
Sinn Féin TD says he was 'very excited' when he shouted 'Up the Ra' after being elected to the Dáil
A video being shared on social media shows David Cullinane making the statement in an address to supporters.
Concerns that thousands spent on Jobseekers forced to do JobPath programme for a fourth time
The two private companies operating JobPath have been paid €207m.
'A mess from start to finish': PAC says someone must be held responsible for Oireachtas printer controversy
The overall cost of the project is €1.8 million, the committee heard today.
Old Oireachtas printers not eco-friendly, case for new controversial printer argued
The purchase of the printer is due to be discussed by the Public Accounts Committee later this week.
Patients sleeping on floor of Waterford psychiatric unit described as 'shocking'
A HSE official has said the situation in Waterford cannot be defended.
Dáil: New bill to prevent radio and television stations from blacklisting other media outlets
Last month, Communicorp effectively banned journalists from The Currency appearing on the group’s stations.
HSE 'made eejits of' Government by appointing PwC to review National Children's Hospital costs
The firm was found to have ‘high level’ input into a decision to continue with constructing the project last year.
Varadkar regrets if tone on Waterford mortuary was taken up the wrong way
Last week concerns were raised about dead bodies being left on trolleys in the corridors of the mortuary.
New laws banning zero hour contracts 'in most circumstances' to be in place in March
The minister described it as one of the most significant changes ‘in a generation’.
Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme
How much the companies got paid per person has been shrouded in secrecy since the roll out of the programme.
Sinn Féin to announce presidential candidate in September - here are the qualities its looking for
Willing to strike up a conversation about Irish unity? Sinn Féin want to hear from you.
'It's not good enough': Committee says better oversight of how RTÉ spends taxpayers' money is needed
It called on RTÉ to sign up to new service-level agreement to ensure there is transparency in how it spends the licence fee money.
HSE boss says care agency that looked after 'Grace' was not treated unfairly
Tony O’Brien was told by one committee member that he is pre-empting the work of the inquiry.
Thousands march in Waterford for 24/7 cath lab and decry 'paltry' offer of mobile unit
Protesters say their campaign continues despite the government’s plan.
Sinn Féin TDs won't be getting any pay increase
Even if they’re given one they will refuse it, the party says.
FactCheck: Did Fianna Fáil REALLY get union support for their zero hour contracts plan?
FactCheck steps in to resolve a row in the Dáil this week, and answer a reader’s request.
"It's a bear pit" - 100 days in, our newest TDs talk the hours, income, and oddities that come with Dáil life
There are a huge amount of first-time TDs in the 32nd Dáil. Here’s how they’ve been finding life in their new home.
Enda warns independents: It's a Fine Gael minority or a second election
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are continuing their efforts to form a minority government.
Sinn Féin hits back at 'cult' allegations
Can you sense a general election coming on?
Explainer: Why Michael D Higgins signed water charges into law
The president’s hands were essentially tied by the Constitution.