A High Court previously ruled that it was “irrational” for  former Nothern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots to maintain the ban on blood donations from gay men. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots was entitled to go against the rest of the UK in maintaining the ban on gay men giving blood in No(...)

 VHI has been given an extra month by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to raise the capital necessary to complete its switch to being a regulated non-life insurer as per an EU ruling in 2011. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

State-owned health insurance group VHI has been given an extra month by the Government to raise the capital necessary to complete its switch to being(...)

Children conceived after mitochondrial donation would have “nuclear” DNA determining individual traits such as facial features and personality from its two parents, plus a tiny amount of mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) from an anonymous woman donor. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies using DNA from three people. The first baby conceived a(...)

More than 40,000 people have been bereaved by suicide during less than half a century in Northern Ireland. The suicide rate climbed steadily in recen(...)

Ireland’s growing ageing population means that the number of people living with dementia will treble in a generation. There are currently almos(...)

Dr Stuart Neilson: ‘The book is also for people who might be wondering if they fit on the spectrum but are unsure.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The removal of Asperger’s syndrome from the most recent edition of DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is a source of c(...)

Northern Ireland Minister for Health Edwin Poots has kept a lifetime deferral in operation in Northern Ireland on gay men giving blood, citing “blood safety” issues. Photograph: PA

British health secretary Jeremy Hunt and his Stormont counterpart Edwin Poots are appealing against a legal ruling that criticised a controversial ban(...)

Nelson Rolihlala Mandela was arguably the most respected statesman the world has seen since the end of the second World War. His dignity, his determin(...)

It has been reported that the HSE director general Tony O’Brien had told the Minister in a letter accompanying the plan that proposed spending cuts on the medical card scheme was being taken “against the advice of the HSE and the Department of Health”.

The Government has abandoned plans to seek more than €100 million from the health insurance industry in “accelerated payments” this year.The payment o(...)

A mother who persuaded her adopted teenage daughter to become pregnant by artificial insemination because she wanted a baby for herself has bee(...)