Those who may have been affected would have donated blood in the last 18 months. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is concerned it may have inadvertently taken blood donations from some women and a much smaller number of m(...)

Hundreds of women who donated blood in the past 18 months may have been anaemic or become so after the device missed women with an iron deficiency. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) says it was not told about previous problems with a testing device blamed for providing inaccurate results (...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy said staff pension deductions were being deducted, but not paid over. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS)owes the State €10.3 million in pension-related deductions from staff, according to the Comptroller and Audi(...)

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service  collected 133,309 blood donations from 80,688 donors in 2014, meeting all hospital needs for the year. Photograph: Getty Images

The cost of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service’s pension arrangement threatens the standard of its service, the organisation has said. The IBTS recor(...)

A large GP practice, a hospice and patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial the new individual health identifiers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial individual health identifiers, a unique number which will eventually be given to every person (...)

Tomas Heneghan from Galway leaves the Four Courts after his High Court case. Photograph:  Courts Collins

A young gay man has brought a High Court challenge after being told he is permanently deferred from donating blood here after he disclosed having had (...)

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(...)

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