Ryanair: European Commission  ordered Ryanair to repay more than €300,000 paid by a German airport to sustain the Irish budget airline’s business, ruling it amounted to illegal state aid. Photograph: AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik

During September and October there have been some interesting decisions made by both the European Commission and the European Court of Justice. On Oct(...)

EU health commissioner Tonio Borg: EU would look into “conflicting reports” about whether screening in west African countries is good enough. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

In a bid to combat the spread of Ebola, EU health ministers have vowed to improve co-ordination between member states on passenger screenings at EU e(...)

One Irish person in four says they or a family member have experienced an “adverse event” while receiving healthcare

One Irish person in four says they or a family member have experienced an “adverse event”, such as surgical errors or infection, while receiving healt(...)

Minister for European Affairs Paschal Donohue said that Ireland voted against the GM  proposal because this is an issue of concern.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The European Union strayed into the contentious issue of genetically-modified crops (GM) today, with member states opting not to back a proposa(...)

Tobacco consumption remains the largest avoidable health threat in Ireland and the European Union, said Minister for Health Dr James Reilly yesterday

The Government has welcomed the conclusion of European measures to standardise all tobacco products with larger, more graphic health warnings.Moves to(...)

Most e-cigarettes will be sold as consumer products rather than as more-tightly regulated medical devices under new rules agreed today by the EU.  Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

European Union diplomats have approved new anti-tobacco legislation today, including larger health warnings on cigarette packets and the bloc’s first (...)

MEPs have voted to ban menthol cigarettes from the start of  2022. Photograph: Getty

MEPs have given the green light to the EU’s controversial tobacco directive but have watered down a number of the original proposals.While MEPs voted (...)

Photographs on cigarette packets now on sale in shops.  Photograph: Alan Betson

A huge benefit of next year’s introduction of plain cigarette packaging, according to Minister for Health James Reilly, is the opportunity to increase(...)

British environment secretary Owen Patterson complained he was under “cyber-attack” in the run-up to an EU decision on whether to ban insecticides dee(...)

Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly TD with his proposal to introduce standardised/plain packaging of tobacco products, which was approved by the Government. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times  Minister for Health Dr James Reilly pictured earlier this week announcing  his proposal to introduce new packaging for tobacco products without branding. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES.

RONAN McGREEVY Minister for Health James Reilly has recalled his brother’s death from smoking and his father, who was blind for the last 14 years of h(...)