Hospitals are always first in the queue for available health funding. But, as has become evident in recent years, when they don’t get what they want, (...)

Alison Begas, chief executive officer at the Dublin Well Woman Centre: says  there is a “lot of uncertainty” as to how the Department of Health expects crisis pregnancy counsellors to refer suicidal women

Clear protocols must be issued urgently to crisis pregnancy counsellors on how they should deal with suicidal pregnant women under new legislation (...)

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin: taking up new role with Healthy Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

Being fired or being let go are very rare occurrences in Irish public service: what usually happens is that alternative posts are found and all the te(...)

“No more desperate women and girls should have to resort to the courts here and in the EU,” the National Women’s Council of Ireland said. Photograph: Getty

Implementation of new abortion legislation will be “monitored” by the Government, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said. She decline(...)

Philanthropist Charles F. “ Chuck “ Feeney being conferred an Honorary Degree jointly by the Universities of Ireland North and South at a ceremony in Dublin Castle. Mr Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies is making grants totalling €14.7 million to improve the wellbeing of people with dementia in the Republic. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A €30 million boost in funding for the care of people with dementia has been announced arising from one of billionaire Chuck Feeney’s final grants bef(...)

David O’Brien: the first student with Down syndrome to complete the Leaving Cert,  in 2000

In 2000 David O’Brien became the first person with Down syndrome to complete Leaving Cert Applied. Today an estimated 10-15 people with the condition (...)

 Dr James Reilly  approved 17 projects for payment that had not been recommended by officials. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Counties Westmeath and Longford fared worst in the distribution of National Lottery funding from the Department of Health when James Reilly was minis(...)

Shortly after Dr Leo Varadkar became Minister for Health he was interviewed by RTÉ about the challenges facing the health sector, including Ireland’s (...)

Then  minister for health James Reilly  after the cabinet’s decision in June to approve the publication of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014, which will place Ireland as the first country in the EU to legislate for plain packaging for tobacco products. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The State may lose tax revenue through the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products but this will be offset by savings from reduced dea(...)

The then minister for health James Reilly speaking to media atfter the Cabinet’s decision to approve the publication his tobacco legislation in June. He will retain some responsibility for tobacco control in his new post  Photograph: Alan Betson

A number of EU countries have lodged concerns about the plain packaging tobacco proposals put forward by James Reilly when he was minister for heal(...)