James Reilly

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Under Simon Harris’ new proposals the HSE board is to be re-established. Here we go again. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fifteen years ago next month the then minister for health and current Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin announced a major programme of health service (...)

Dr Gabriel Scally, who is carrying out  a scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme: ‘Some key individuals and organisations are being distracted by the necessity of preparing to appear before committees.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government may look to appoint a new chairperson-designate for the HSE who will have a significant executive role in running the health authority(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Fianna Fáil has criticised him for his absence throughout the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Cabinet will on Tuesday consider major reforms to the governance structure of the Health Service Executive in an attempt to restore public confide(...)

In the wake of this controversy, politicians from across the political divide might reflect on what is required to remedy the problem. File photograph: Getty Images

Vicky Phelan, Emma Mhic Mhathúna and Stephen Teap (husband of Irene) have consistently called for management and political accountability for the heal(...)

Outgoing director-general of the HSE Tony O’Brien. Supporters maintain he brought stability to the HSE in a period of institutional uncertainty, budget cuts and patient service crises. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a wall in his office in the Health Service Executive’s headquarters at the old Dr Steevens Hospital in Dublin, the agency’s director-general, Tony (...)

Peter Ward SC (left) and other Yes campaigners speaking at a Lawyers for Yes press conference on the issue of fatal foetal abnormalities and abortion last month. Photograph: Maxwells.

Question: Is removing the Eighth Amendment necessary before legislation can be introduced to allow abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality (FF(...)

In all the justifiable outrage about the  failures of the State’s cervical cancer screening programme brought to light by Vicky Phelan’s legal action, we must not lose sight of the brutal truth that unnecessary death is a systemic question. Photograph: Collins Courts

Karl Marx famously claimed that everything in history happens twice – the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. But when it comes to women’(...)

Former Minister for Health James Reilly wants big food retailers to stop selling cigarettes. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Former minister for health James Reilly has called on the major supermarket chains to stop selling cigarettes. He said he would like to see Tesco, Su(...)

Smoking is prohibited in the workplace as well as restaurants, bars, education facilities and public transport. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The Government is to extend the ban on smoking where food is served to include outdoor areas. Fine Gael Senators have tabled a private members motion(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris    is scheduled to address doctors at the annual conference of the IIMO in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A new deal between the State and general practitioners will be absolutely essential if the Government’s overall healthcare reforms are to be introduce(...)

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