Minister of State at the  Department of Health Kathleen Lynch. Photograph: North West Newspix

Almost 40,000 older people can register from today for free doctor visits as the next stage of the Government’s free GP scheme is rolled out. The prov(...)

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch told the MacGill summer school young people were now buying ‘slabs’ of beer rather than six-packs. Photograph: Eric Luke

Young people are now buying slabs of beer instead of six- packs and are drinking, in some cases, as much as a bottle of spirits in a night, the MacGi(...)

 Minister for  Social Care Kathleen Lynch said Government would seek to generate efficiencies from administrative reforms in the Fair Deal nursing homes scheme. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has sidestepped the potentially explosive issue of increasing charges for people in long-term residential care. However, it remains to (...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch said the Government was not contemplating any fundamental change to eligibility for the Fair Deal nursing home support scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Government will not ask older people to make larger contributions for long-term residential care, Minister of State at the Department of Health Ka(...)

What is the Fair Deal scheme? Fair Deal is the name given to the State’s Nursing Home Support Scheme which effectively finances long-term care (...)

Last week Irish Water announced 46 per cent of households had paid their water charge bills.

Irish Water needs a compliance rate of just over 50 per cent to make the figures “stack up”, Minister for State Kathleen Lynch has said. Referring to(...)

Pat Rabbitte has confirmed that he will not stand for re-election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Pat Rabbitte ended months of speculation yesterday by confirming he will not stand for re-election. The former Labour leader told his party colleagues(...)

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are difficulties in staffing the new inpatient cystic fibrosis unit in Cork University Hospital, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch (...)

The Dáil select committee on justice worked through more than 400 amendments moved by Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill to allow people with limited decision-making capacity to better manage their personal, property and financial affairs has progressed to committ(...)

‘Connecting for life’, a new youth suicide prevention strategy, is to focus on helping secondary school students to deal with stress.

All secondary school students will receive training on how to cope with stress and improve resilience as part of a new five-year Government strategy(...)