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(...)

Edwin Poots: ‘disappointed’ by court ruling refusing leave to appeal

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission welcomed a decision by the UK Supreme Court to reject an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of (...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, tried to challenge an appeal court’s decision that paved the way for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children in the region.

The UK Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of same-sex and unmarried couples adopting.Northern Ireland’s Minist(...)

Three officials from the Department of Health briefed the Assembly health committee today about the current state of the move to revise the guidelines on when abortion could take place in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Revised guidelines on abortion in Northern Ireland which will address the issue of foetal abnormality will be published as soon as possible and certai(...)

North’s Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton announces new £250 million children’s hospital is to be built on the site of the Royal Hospital in Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA Wire

A new £250 million (€295 million) “state-of-the-art” children’s hospital is to be built on the site of the Royal Hospital in Belfast, the North’s Mini(...)