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(...)

The challenge of maintaining supplies this Christmas is heightened by the fact that Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both fall on a Thursday this year, normally the best collection day of the service.

Blood donors have been urged to donate before Christmas amid fears of a shortage of supplies over the holiday period.The Irish Blood Transfusion Servi(...)

Paul Giblin (second from left) was diagnosed with refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphona in April 2012.

It’s a case of exits and entries for Irish rowing as the year draws to a close. Catríona Jennings, an Ireland Olympian in the marathon who switched c(...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy:  assessment  found that non-commercial State bodies are following rules laid down for audit committees in 2009 code of practice. Photograph: Frank Miller

State bodies are likely to start screening members of their internal audit committees for conflicts of interest and using formal procedures to select(...)

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said it needs to collect 3,000 donations a week and has called on people to make a particular effort to give blood during the summer.

Blood donations fell by 4 per cent last year compared to the previous year, according to figures contained in the Irish Blood Transfusion Service’s an(...)