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(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch unveiled a new fitness-to-practise regime  which will allow members of the public to get formal complaints examined against a range of registered professions.

Universal health insurance will be affordable and give people greater access to the health service, Minister of State at the Department of Health Kath(...)

‘While Gerry Adams and Mary Lou like playing hard to get, they aren’t categorically ruling out future advances.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s becoming like a dysfunctional dating agency in the Dáil. People in Fine Gael making cow eyes at Fianna Fáil and elements in Fianna Fáil batting (...)

Carbon monoxide detectors are to be given to elderly and vulnerable people as part of a review of an existing government scheme, Minister of State at the Dept of Health, Kathleen Lynch has said. File photograph: Thinkstock

Life-saving carbon monoxide detectors are to be given to elderly and vulnerable people as part of a review of an existing Government scheme, Minister (...)

Kathleen Lynch has urged political parties to give their views on abortion before election, saying it would “allow the people to decide who gets elected and who does not’’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch has challenged political parties to include their views on abortion in manifestos at the next gener(...)

Mary Sutton from Atlantic Philanthropies and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of the Irish National Dementia Strategy at Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has unveiled a €27.5 million national dementia strategy that will focus on shattering the stigma of the diesase and supporting co(...)