Billy Kelleher

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Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher has called on Minister for Health James Reilly to make a statement on recent developments with the national ambulance service. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Potentially life-saving technology which can pinpoint the location of mobile phone callers to the ambulance service cannot be used because of data pro(...)

 Dr James Reilly: said it would become crystal clear to everybody if certain hospitals or medical professionals were responsible for a disproportionate number of terminations.

Minister for Health James Reilly has said he will not be afraid to suspend institutional facilities if the abortion legislation is abused.“For the fir(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is threatened with the loss of five or six TDs and Senators if they vote against the abortion Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was a day of crashed deadlines, rampant speculation and no little confusion over the exact contents of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill(...)

The programme for government contains a commitment to develop national standards for home support services but as yet nothing has been done.  Photograph: Michael Donne/Science Photo Library

Home helps caring for older people will be the next sector to come under formal Government regulation, Minister of State for Older People Kathleen Ly(...)

Micheál Martin: “I don’t see my role as forcing a line down people’s throats and I don’t look at it in that light. It is an issue of conscience.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Only half of Fianna Fáil TDs are likely to vote with their leader Micheál Martin in support of the Government’s abortion legislation after his failure(...)

Eamon Gilmore, who was taking Opposition Leaders’ Questions, must have been intensely happy that the breakdown of the Bus Éireann talks was not first item on the agenda. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Relief was written all over the faces of the Cabinet Ministers present when the Dáil met yesterday morning. Word had reached Leinster House of (...)

FF leader Micheál Martin attempted to address a repeatedly expressed concern that “the floodgates would open” by pointing to the protection offered by the Constitutional article 40.3.3, according to a number of those present.

Fianna Fáil remained split on the Government’s draft legislation on abortion yesterd(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said the party  had to ensure it put its views on abortion legislation forward “in a collective approach” and have a “cohesive approach” to the issue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil members have urged the party leadership not to accept legislation that provides for the risk of suicide as grounds for abortion. D(...)

The anti-austerity march organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions  in Dublin  earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Opposition has said the disclosure that the troika is monitoring health spending on a monthly basis is a reflectio(...)

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