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(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: ‘Enactment of this Bill will be a key step to enabling Ireland to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’ Photograph: David Sleator

Adults with diminished mental capacity will no longer be made wards of court, under revised legislation approved by the Government yesterday. (...)

Health authorities are to develop new guidelines on the use of powerful psychotropic medication. Photograph: Getty Images

Stronger oversight over the prescription of powerful psychotropic drugs for vulnerable patients is needed, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch has said. (...)

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Minister for Children James Reilly has said the Constitutional amendment banning abortion should be repealed to allow for terminations in cases of fat(...)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