Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the launch of Fine Gael’s Marriage Equality campaign, at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, along with Jerry Buttimer TD, Simon Coveney TD, Frances Fitzgerald TD and James Reilly TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 4:50

A No vote in the same sex marriage would send a message that gay people are not equal citizens in Ireland, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.F(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “The early access programme has produced really good results.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hepatitis C patients are dying while waiting for the Government to roll out a national treatment programme that can cure them, a doctor who treats th(...)

Health professionals say genetic screening technology can play a vital role in preventing miscarriages and the inheritance of debilitating genetic conditions. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

An Irish newborn has become the first reported case in the world of a baby born free of an extremely rare fatal condition despite both of her parents (...)

Minister for Health Leo  Varadkar said allowing pharmacists to vaccinate against the flu saw almost 41,000 patients vaccinated in pharmacies during the 2013/2014 “flu season” - twice the number of patients vaccinated in the previous year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is keen to see Irish pharmacists prescribing medicines, he told community pharmacists at their conference in Killarne(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced that the  Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be published this summer.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be published this summer with a view to being made law by the end of the year, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has ruled out reversing cuts to public sector pay in “one big bang”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Low-paid workers will be the major beneficiaries from the forthcoming talks on restoring public service pay, the Minister for Public Expenditure and R(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Another senior union official will today rule out additional productivity or reforms in return for pay restoration in the public service. (...)

Brendan Howlin: “What I have always said is that we won’t be able to undo the Fempi legislation in one year or, in fact, in two years either. It will be a gradual increase to restore pay”

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have indicated that any public sector pay rises will be staggered over a (...)

Inequality and inequity continue to be part of Irish healthcare. Most of it is not intentional.

‘Doctors, I believe, have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of patients and must continue to do so. There should be and will be no gagging clause(...)

Dr Gerard Crotty: ‘Patients are not getting the quality and timeliness of care they require, especially when waiting on trolleys or for appointments.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trust – between doctors and their patients, and between doctors and the HSE – is a word frequently used by Dr Gerard Crotty, the president of the I(...)