When the scheme is fully implemented, children’s heart surgery for the whole of the island will take place at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ministers for Health in the North and South have endorsed proposals to establish an all-Ireland children’s heart surgery centre in Dublin.The current (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson has gone on the offensive against critics within his party who, party sources say, have been trying to undermine his leadership of the DUP.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

First Minister Peter Robinson has gone on the offensive against critics within his party who, DUP sources say, have been trying to undermine his leade(...)

Edwin Poots, who was dropped as minister for health yesterday in a surprise DUP ministerial reshuffle, today triggered a shockwave when he said it was “public knowledge” that Mr Robinson would stand down.  Photograph: Health Protection Agency/PA Wire.

Dropped DUP minister Edwin Poots has triggered something of a shockwave in Northern Ireland by stating that it’s “public knowledge” that Peter Robinso(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. File Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise this evening by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. The Minister of Health Ed(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly said people with rare diseases and their families were ‘often the leading experts’ and must be central to policymaking. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A new plan for the treatment of rare disease in Ireland should lead to faster diagnoses, improved access to care and better support for patients an(...)

Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s Minister  of Health: told the Northern Assembly  yesterday that  the coroner may need to look into the cases. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Patients have died in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital while waiting for treatment, it has been claimed, with shortages of do(...)

Northern Ireland Minister for Health Edwin Poots has kept a lifetime deferral in operation in Northern Ireland on gay men giving blood, citing “blood safety” issues. Photograph: PA

British health secretary Jeremy Hunt and his Stormont counterpart Edwin Poots are appealing against a legal ruling that criticised a controversial ban(...)

The right of gay couples to adopt was conceded in the North but hardly anybody noticed. True, there have been more urgent issues on the agenda – flyin(...)

The Northern Assembly has endorsed an Ulster Unionist Party motion supporting the families of the Disappeared and noting “with extreme concern” allegations that Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was involved in the murder of Jean McConville.

The Northern Assembly has endorsed an Ulster Unionist Party motion supporting the families of the Disappeared and noting “with extreme concern” allega(...)

Edwin Poots: following what he believes to be the natural order. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

I don’t know a couple called Adam and Steve but I know a woman who knows a couple called Ellen and Eve. Maybe one of this pair is the lesbian who the(...)