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(...)

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(...)