• A Mayo Councillor has asked how patients can be discharged from hospital during the night when the consultant - who makes the ultimate decision to discharge a patient - may be at home in their bed.

    The issue was raised at the monthly meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, when Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne asked for clarification on who ultimately makes the decision to discharge a patient.

    He was informed by HSE management that the decision is made by a consultant.

    Councillor Kilcoyne says it's unfair that patients, who often live alone, are sent home from hospital in the middle of the night.

    He also claims patients are often moved to district hospitals without prior consultation with their families.

  • The HSE says it will do everything it can to restore normal service following the suspension of this week's nurses strike.

     Outpatient appointments are set to go ahead as planned today and patients with appointments for today, tomorrow and Thursday are advised to attend as scheduled.

    Surgical patients will be contacted by their hospital if their procedure is going ahead.

    Nurses could get pay rises of around 7 percent as part of the Labour Court deal which will be balloted on within the next month

    Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe refused to be drawn on the details before briefing his Cabinet colleagues but he confirmed he would be recommending acceptance.

    Health Minister Simon Harris says he’s confident the HSE can quickly restore services to the country's hospitals.

    The INMO's Phil Ní Sheaghdha, says more negotiation is needed on some aspects of the deal.

    Meanwhile patient representatives say the industrial relations system has failed the people of Ireland with the length of time it's taken to get to this point, and lessons should be learned to ensure it doesn't happen again.


  • Three people were hospitalised in Galway last night after a road traffic collision. 

    According to the Irish Independent, the injuries occurred after a driver crashed into a parked car on the Turloughmore/Loughmore Road at around 1am this morning. 

    The driver of the care and two female passengers were all taken to hospital. 

    It is understood their injuries are not life-threatening. 


    Investigations are ongoing.