Eddie Kelly, Carlingford, Co Lough, who received a new heart in an operation at the Mater hospital, Dublin,  in  September 1985, leaving the hospital with his wife Eileen and the nurses in charge of the Intensive care unit (from left): Sr Ursula Bullen, Cork, Sr Mary Bridget and Sr Pat O’Leary. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has marked the 30th anniversary of the first heart transplant in Ireland by calling for a major “cultural shift” to(...)

Dr Jim Egan, director of  Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland: he  said good progress had been made on the policy and it would be ready soon

People who donate their kidneys while alive are to get out-of-pocket expenses paid back in a scheme to encourage more organ donation.The Department o(...)

Organ donors: Some 294 organ transplants were carried out in Irish hospitals last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Last year was a record year for organ transplantation, with 294 transplants carried out in Irish hospitals.Some 32 lung, 11 heart, 55 liver, 11 pancre(...)

The programme for government aspires to the introduction of a “soft opt out” process for organ donation as part of the Human Tissue Bill and th(...)

 Dr James Reilly has been urged to reconsider making the drug pirfenidone availble to sufferers of a rare form of lung disease. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health James Reilly has been urged to reconsider the decision of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics(...)