Pro-choice and anti-abortion activists opposite one another on  Dublin’s O’Connell Street during opposing rallies in July 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Analysis: Small number of politicians not shy about taking to airwaves over controversy

 Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health: “A lot of people are commenting on this case with passion and conviction but without knowing all the facts.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health says he wishes to see HSE review before ‘engaging in any detailed way’ with case of suicidal woman delivered o(...)

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin: to bring his valuable insight to workings of Healthy Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

Secretary general to take up new role with Healthy Ireland

The secretary general of the Department of Health, Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, is stepping down from his post. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar pays tribute to Ambrose McLoughlin who will oversee new initiative

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she believed the constitutional ban on abortion should be revisited by a future government. Photograph: The Irish Times

Woman was refused an abortion and subsequently had her child delivered by Caesarean section

The C&AG report says   potential benefits of patients returning home on the day treatment is carried out include  that tthe  risk of hospital-acquired infection is reduced and  the pressure on waiting lists should ease

HSE says day cases on average 60% less costly to perform than inpatient cases

Lucinda Creighton was among a number of TDs and senators who resigned from the Fine Gael parlimentary party over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Analysis: Fine Gael appears not to want to return to the issue under any circumstances

HSE director general Tony O’Brien requested a report ‘that establishes all of the facts surrounding the care given to a woman who had her pregnancy ended pursuant to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.’  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tony O’Brien wants to ‘establish full facts and sequence of events’

Brendan Howlin: ‘We had a period of time at the beginning of this year, the early months of this year, where the Government lost focus. We didn’t manage the whole Irish Water thing well.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Public Expenditure expects tensions with Varadkar over funding to continue

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