Cork’s inclusive choral group in rehearsal in the Rory Gallagher Theatre. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A community choir embracing gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight singers has this weekend launched a charity single to raise funds for the Yes campa(...)

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch who has received an apology and undisclosed damages from 96FM. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

A Cork radio station has apologised and paid undisclosed damages to Labour TD and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch over comments made about her on a d(...)

Consent needed on treatment

Significant progress in recent years notwithstanding, elements of mental health legislation in the Republic remain outdated. Patients’ rights need str(...)

Under the proposals from the expert group report, it will no longer be possible to administer the controversial ECT to a person who has capacity and does not consent to the treatment. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

A major review of health legislation due to be published today will change how people suffering with mental health issues interact with services on of(...)

Kathleen Lynch: Intends to change legislation shortly to reflect the recommendations on ECT use. Photograph: The Irish Times

The controversial practice of administering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to patients with mental health problems who refuse to consent to the treat(...)

John Kellegher from Cork North Central seen among a crowd at the Labour Party conference in Killarney on Friday, where Labour Women called for the appeal of the eighth amendment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.  2:02

Labour delegates called for a constitutional referendum repealing the eighth amendment providing for the equal right to life of the mother and the (...)

Kathleen Lynch: Minister has conceded to colleagues that the Coaltion is taking heavy criticism over money pledged for mental health not being spent. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Internal documents show Minister of State Kathleen Lynch has admitted to colleagues that the Government is taking a “serious battering” over money ple(...)

 Minister of State Kathleen Lynch: on a damage-limitation exercise.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Quick to deny that older people will be asked to fork out more for Fair Deal nursing home packages, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch has been less (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has published a list of 25 priorities for the HSE in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has published a list of 25 priorities for the health service in 2015, which includes a promise that no patient will b(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: priorities include putting in a planning application for a maternity hospital at St Vincent’s, getting hospital groups up and increasing the number of people with insurance. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No patient will be on a hospital waiting list for more than 18 months by the summer, under targets to be announced by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar(...)