Figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Unit of the HSE show that rates of chlamydia, herpes simplex and gonorrhea are on the rise with people in the 15-24 age group making up the majority of all chlamydia cases reported.

Free condoms are being made available in one of the largest pharmacy chains in the State in the days before and after Valentine’s Day in order to “hel(...)

GPs and specialist family planning services are concerned that routing a free contraceptive scheme via pharmacies would limit women’s contraceptive choices and risk side-lining some of the most effective methods available, such as hormonal implants or the coil. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health’s proposals to introduce a free contraception scheme after the abortion referendum is positive news for everyone. Internationa(...)

Cura, the Catholic Church agency that assists women dealing with crisis pregnancy, is to close on Friday. The agency has been in existence since 197(...)

The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Agency said the decline in the number of women travelling abroad for an abortion has become more gradual after a period of steep falls between 2001 and 2007. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of women travelling from the Republic to Britain for an abortion has fallen to the lowest level since 1980, official figures show. UK rec(...)

Chosen children: such a slogan screams that adults are all-powerful. They have the right to exclude others from even being defined as human. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The love of a mother for her baby is the most basic and unconditional form of love that there is. Of course, it is not just mothers. Most fathers woul(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said he believed eliminating VAT on condoms would not have a significant impact on sexual behaviour. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said scrapping the 13.5 per cent VAT on condoms would not lower the rate of sexually transmitted infections ((...)

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre: giants of 20th-century philosophy. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty

Many unkind things are said about philosophers. Their discipline is accused of lacking a clear trajectory of progress. Their concerns are sometimes e(...)

Suitcases signifying the Irish women who travel abroad to access abortion services, outside the Department of the Taoiseach. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost 1,500 women travelled from Ireland to the Netherlands over a seven year-period to have abortions. The figures, gathered from the 17 abortion cl(...)

Thousands gather to demand legislation on abortion after the death of Savita Halappanavar at Merrion Square, Dublin at the weekend in 2012. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s abortion regime “violates the human rights of women and girls” here, a report from Amnesty International says. The report, “She Is Not A Cri(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: said  last year she was “struck” by  comments of the Rape Crisis Centre and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, who also opposed the move. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to formally abandon moves by her predecessor Alan Shatter to lower the age of sexual consent from 17 to 1(...)

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