Minister for Health Simon Harris will sign into law changes that ban anonymous sperm donations and create a register of donor-conceived children. File photograph: Tom Honan

Courts may be given the power to issue parental orders to resolve parenthood in surrogacy cases, particularly those involving same-sex couples. The D(...)

In an unprecedented development, nine former ministers with experience of drug policy – Alex White,Aodhán Ó Ríordán, Roisín Shortall, John Curran, Chris Flood and Pat Carey – called on Government to restore confidence in the national drugs strategy. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Legislation, investment and work by the Road Safety Authority and the Garda Síochána last year helped to reduce the number of people killed on our roa(...)

Medical representative bodies maintain the current two-tier system can see consultants appointed after October 2012 receive up to €50,000 per year less than more longer-serving colleagues. Photograph: iStock

Medical consultants and non-consultant hospital doctors are to decide at a national meeting next week whether they should take industrial action over (...)

The INMO said it had warned the HSE that current recruitment restrictions was “putting lives at risk”. File image: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Insufficient hospital beds, overcrowding and chronic understaffing are leaving patients at “grave risk”, nurses have claimed. The Irish Nurses and M(...)

Dr Sigurdur Olafsson, director of hepatology at Landspitali hospital in Reykjavik, says there is ‘no question’ Ireland can learn from the Icelandic experience. ‘First you need to test – if you don’t look for the disease, you won’t find it.’

Disease elimination is the holy grail of public health, a goal rarely achieved and often difficult to maintain. The eradication of smallpox globally,(...)

Tim Murphy, the service manager for Cavan and Monaghan drug and alcohol services, said that substance misuse is not just a Dublin issue. Photograph: iStock

Drug addiction services are struggling to cope with the rising demand and are at risk of closure due to a lack of funding, service operators have said(...)

Former holders of the post of minister of state with responsibility for drugs have united to call on the Government to restore confidence in the national drug strategy.

Former holders of the post of minister of state with responsibility for drugs have united to call on the Government to restore confidence in the natio(...)

Firms such as Mazars, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernest and Young appear repeatedly in the figures for Government spending on outside consultants. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Accountancy firms, public relations companies, management consultants and think tanks are among those who benefited from millions in Government spendi(...)

The Government announced free dental care for under-sixes in this month’s budget, but this will first have to be negotiated with the Irish Dental Association. Photograph: Getty

Thousands of children are missing out on essential dental checks until the end of primary school due to cutbacks in Health Service Executive services.(...)

Nursing home replacement pic

The Government’s plans to replace and refurbish dozens of State-operated community nursing homes will cost more than the €385 million originally envi(...)

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