Hi Edward, just got your email/question.
Ok, the best source of information on Ireland's healthcare is here - http://www.movetoireland.com/movepag/medover.htm
It covers a great deal about the healtcare system over there, it's also a great site for any expat wishing to move to Ireland.
Let me know if you need anything else. :)
Don't forget I can call you or you can call me at anytime, you still have 2 hours worth of consultancy remaining :)
That's fine with me.
My business hours are between 9-6pm, but if you need to call earlier/later, please let me know.