Dr Patrick Devitt, inspector of mental health services, said nursing staff numbers continued to dwindle last year, while unfilled vacancies were resulting in professionals being pulled out of community services to plug gaps in inpatient care. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The country’s mental health services are stagnant and in danger of slipping backwards as a result of dwindling staff numbers and poor governance, the (...)

Fine Gael Jerry Buttimer, chairman of the Oireachtas health committee, which is today holding its second day of  hearings on the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Suicide in pregnancy was a real risk and did happen, president of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Dr Anthony McCarthy has told the Oire(...)

Seán Sherlock: Church should “carefully consider its position before making incendiary statements”

A Labour junior minister has warned the Catholic Church not to make “incendiary comments”(...)

On May 1st, Pat Kenny interviewed Minister for Health James Reilly on RTÉ Radio 1 about the abortion legislation currently going through the Oi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at a media briefing at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The mood of the Fine Gael parliamentary party moved firmly behind Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the leadership in its suppor(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: recently received mortgage arrears report. Photograph: Frank Miller

A report commissioned by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton will highlight the impact of mortgage difficulty on mental health and recom(...)

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