Ms Y arrived in the State in March and found out she was pregnant soon after. She had been raped before she came here, she says, and immediately said she wanted an abortion

The HSE inquiry team into the care of Ms “Y”, the young woman at the centre of the latest abortion controversy, has yet to interview her. The team, e(...)

New guideline were written by a committee appointed last year by the Department of Health

Guidelines on the circumstances for abortion provide for early induction or Caesarean section as a suitable alternative means of terminating a pregna(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘Medicine is never black and white.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s new abortion guidelines may be amended to take account of lessons learned from the ‘Ms Y’ case, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has (...)

Senator John Whelan: ongoing speculation unfair to staff and public

Labour Senator John Whelan has called on the Minister for Health and the head of the HSE to make a statement on the future of the Midland Regional Ho(...)

Samples of standardised plain cigarette packaging. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Italy has objected to Ireland’s plain tobacco packaging proposals on the day of the deadline yesterday for European Union countries to lodge their con(...)

Portlaoise hospital: the report says the hospital is “not set up to provide safe acute and elective surgery”. Photograph: James Flynn/AP.

“Urgent correction and reconfiguration” is needed to avoid the “collapse” of care processes at Portlaoise hospital, according to an unpublished revie(...)

The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise: Despite concerns raised in the review about the safety of services, the HSE said  there was no threat to existing facilities at the hospital.

A confidential HSE report has recommended the closure of the emergency department and an end to surgical services at Midland Regional Hospital in Port(...)

Making it plain: cigarettes waiting to be packaged. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Eight European Union countries have lodged concerns about Ireland’s plain tobacco packaging proposals, with the deadline for objections ending today.(...)

Talks are to commence next month between the Government and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on a complete review of the State’s contract with GPs.  Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Talks are to commence next month between the Government and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on a complete review of the State’s contract with GPs(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said savings could “sometimes be illusory. If you then end up plugging gaps in the service through agency staff, it can actually cost more in some cases”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

The health service will not be able to meet targets set by the Government to reduce staffing levels, said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. He said wh(...)