Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Frank Miller

Varadkar says issuing of cards based on ‘hierarchy of illnesses’ may not be realistic

Thirty organisations in total, including 23 health and disability groups, will receive funding based on their existing allocations up to July 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

Health and disability organisations to share €1.3m funding after ministerial U-turn

It will be an offence for a sunbed business to sell or hire a sunbed to anyone aged under 18.

It will be an offence to allow a person under 18 years of age use a sunbed

Former minister for Health James Reilly. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

James Reilly appoints constituency rival from Labour to Food Safety Authority board

A  hospital outpatient waiting room: the total number  on outpatient lists  in Irish hospitals  at the end of last year was 300,752, but they reached 343,412 in May. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Latest HSE figures show a deficit of €162 million in five months to end of May

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly: “For every euro spent on children, that is where you get the best return, whether it’s in health or other aspects in education.”    Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health will allow Minister for Children some say but wants to hold on to major initiatives

Fifty-two per cent of older adults are “centrally obese”, meaning their waist circumference is “substantially increased”, while a further 25 per cent have an “increased” waist, according to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing study.

Obesity in older Irish men now as common as among counterparts in US

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has ordered a review of his predecessor Phil Hogan’s decision to axe funding for 26 health and disability organisations.
Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New Minister for the Environment to re-examine controversial decision by predecessor

The Health Products Regulatory Authority today published a list of 12 active substances that are currently classified as prescription-only but are being switched to over-the-counter sale. Photograph:  Alan Weller/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Regulator switches dozens of popular products away from prescription-only status

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