Minister of State for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch:  no means-testing for  medical cards. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch has said survivors of the Magdalene laundries can still apply for the medical card under the State’s(...)

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to change abortion laws would be very “do-able” following the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Children James Reilly has said the Constitutional amendment banning abortion should be repealed to allow for terminations in cases of fat(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said patients and their families were treated ‘dreadfully and at times inhumanely’ at Portlaoise hospital. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin 2:32

Leo Varadkar says he is “ashamed” with the manner patients were treated at Portlaise hospital. The Minister for Health said an independent patient adv(...)

Seriously mentally ill patients should be re-admitted into care if they do not attend for treatment or take their medication, the annual conference of psychiatric nurses has been told

Seriously mentally ill patients should be re-admitted into care if they do not attend for treatment or take their medication, the annual conference of(...)

The law will affect 40,000 people

Legislation to allow free GP visits for everyone over 70 has begun its passage through the Oireachtas. The law will affect nearly 40,000 people who d(...)

Kathleen Lynch: published the Expert Group Review of the Mental Health Act 2001 last month

Last month, Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch published the Expert Group Review of the Mental Health Act 2001. The report presents(...)

The proposed new deal to provide free family doctor care to all children under six represents a first step on the road back to a sustainable and viable general practice system, the chairman of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee has said.

The proposed new deal to provide free family doctor care to all children under six was rejected by the National Association of General Practitioners(...)

The present measures might not have been needed if Government had not cut the budget for Fair Deal by €30 million last year

The latest initiative by Ministers Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch to tackle hospital overcrowding is the fourth high-level attempt in a decade to sol(...)

The taskforce report is expected to recommend a number of measures to ease hospital overcrowding, including more weekend discharges and greater access to clinical decision-making and diagnostics from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Other recommendations will include the discharge of patients before 11am, seeing patients in emergency units within an hour, and a reduction in overnight stays. File photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA

Government Ministers will on Thursday unveil a €70 million plan to ease hospital overcrowding and cut waiting times for patients.Under the plan to be (...)

Independent TD Tom Fleming has called for the Government to increase funding for the national dementia strategy, given the ‘rapidly growing number’ afflicted by the disease. Photograph: Getty Images/VStock RF

A call has been made for the Government to increase funding for the implementation of the national dementia strategy.Independent TD Tom Fleming said a(...)