Minister for Health Dr James Reilly who will receive the HSE’s 2014 National Service Plan today. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive will present its 2014 National Service Plan to Minister for Health Dr James Reilly today. It will outline how the HSE pla(...)

A number of anti-smoking organisations, including the Irish Cancer Society, have lobbied for such restrictions to be introduced.  Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Controversial legislation that proposes cigarettes be sold only in plain packaging was due to come before the Government for consideration this mor(...)

People gather outside the Dáil on Kildare Street t the beginning of the debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The posters appeared on lamp-posts overnight in Tallaght earlier this month. They had been recycled from Fine Gael’s campaign during the children’s re(...)

Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s reputation for working to stop violence against women around the world is not replicated at home, Amnesty International has claimed. (...)

 Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony  in the neoneathal ICU department of Holles Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A thorny challenge for the Government got even thornier after the first day of the Oireachtas health committee’s hearings into its plans to legisla(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has responded to concerns by the Archbishop of Dublin that proposals to legislate for terminations would give some unborn children less protection than is guaranteed under liberal abortion laws in other countries. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has responded to concerns by the Archbishop of Dublin that proposals to legislate for terminations would give some unborn (...)

Jerry Buttimer: said the committee had gone to great lengths to ensure that there was balance among the witnesses

More than 50 medical and legal experts will give evidence to a special Oireachtas committee hearing on the Government’s draft (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin reportedly argued that the Constitutional article 40.3.3 would ensure ’the floodgates would not open’. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has not adopted an agreed position on the Government’s draft abortion legislation after a four-and-a-half hour meeting of the parli(...)

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