The effective blood donation ban for sexually active gay men has been in place since the mid-1980s, and was an attempt to reduce the risk of the emergent HIV epidemic tainting blood reserves.

Calls for the reduction or complete removal of an effective lifetime ban on sexually active gay men giving blood have been made at a conference discu(...)

Hundreds of women who donated blood in the past 18 months may have been anaemic or become so after the device missed women with an iron deficiency. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) says it was not told about previous problems with a testing device blamed for providing inaccurate results (...)

Former bishop of Kerry Bill Murphy (above) was assaulted by a drunken passenger on a train last month.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former bishop of Kerry Bill Murphy (79) was assaulted by a drunken passenger on the Killarney-Dublin train last month in an incident related to a perc(...)

A handout combo released by the Baltimore police department  shows (clockwise from top left) Ceasar Goodson, Garrett Miller and Edward Nero and William Portner, Brian Rice and Alicia White, the six  officers t charged in connection with the death in custody of Freddie Gray. EPA/Baltimore Police Department

The six suspended Baltimore police officers charged Friday in the death of Freddie Gray are a mix of veterans and recent recruits, of varying ranks an(...)

A man who brought proceedings alleging his employment as assistant horse trainer was jeopardised due to alleged impending disciplinary action by the Turf Club against his prospective employer has had his case rejected at the High Court

A man who brought proceedings alleging his employment as assistant horse trainer was jeopardised due to alleged impending disciplinary action by the T(...)

Blanket ban on sexually active gay men donating blood may be revised

Society needs to have a discussion on the balance between the stigmatising of men who have sex with men, and the risks involved in moving to a one-(...)

Archbishop Dermot Clifford: reiterated his “sincere apologies” to those who have been harmed by priests of the diocese

Cashel and EmlyThe audit found that all allegations were now promptly referred to the civil authorities, usually within three days of receipt by the d(...)

The ordination of Bishop Raymond Browne was attended by 1,200 guests in Co Kerry today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Father Ray Browne was ordained today as Bishop of Kerry in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney. The 56-year-old is a graduate of St Patrick’s College Ma(...)