A large GP practice, a hospice and patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial the new individual health identifiers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial individual health identifiers, a unique number which will eventually be given to every person (...)

Tomas Heneghan from Galway leaves the Four Courts after his High Court case. Photograph:  Courts Collins

A young gay man has brought a High Court challenge after being told he is permanently deferred from donating blood here after he disclosed having had (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. “I won’t be allowing my own background or my sexual orientation to dictate the decisions I make,” he told Miriam O’Callaghan in January. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The relatively minor decision on whether to lift the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood has had an added dimension since Minister for(...)

The Strasbourg-based court ruled that a ban may be justified if it can be established that donors are at a high risk of acquiring severe infectious diseases. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Court of Justice has ruled that a ban on the transfer of blood from men who have engaged in sexual relations with other men “may be justi(...)

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-(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he is  in favour of ending the 30-year-old ban on gay men donating blood. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is it time to reverse the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood?Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he is personally in favour of ending the 30-yea(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said blood donation is not an issue of equality and decisions on changes in blood donor deferral for any category of people will be made on the grounds of science.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Blood donation is not an issue of equality and decisions on changes in blood donor deferral for any category of people will be made on the grounds of (...)

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) has welcomed comments by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar that he favours relaxing a ban on gay and bisexu(...)

The criminal investigation has established a six-figure sum of money disappeared over a lengthy period of time. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Director of Public Prosecutions will consider criminal charges before the end of the year relating to an alleged fraud at the Positive Action c(...)

NUI Galway Senior 8 plus Champions of Ireland 2009, with Paul Giblin in the middle.

When English comedian, writer and presenter Stephen Fry highlighted an appeal on Twitter this week, it couldn’t have come at a better time for Galwa(...)