James Reilly

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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(...)

John, Bridget and Mary Stokes at  St Mary Cemetery in Carrick on Suir:  “The onus is on the council to get their records straight.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The exhumed remains of a Tipperary man’s father have lain in an undertakers for six months amid a dispute with a local authority. John Stokes (74) ha(...)

Tony O’Brien: It had been widely believed in political circles and among observers  that he was unlikely to seek another term as head of the HSE. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Government now finds itself having to secure a person to run the health service on a day-to-day basis and someone to implement the ambitious Sláin(...)

Senator Paul  Coghlan said the most basic and fundamental right was the right to life. File photograph: Dave Meehan

The baby in the womb is the tiniest and weakest member of society and should feel it is a safe place, Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has said. “They (...)

Regular cancellations of elective surgeries and other treatments mean a greater number of people present to emergency departments as their untreated illness worsens. Photograph: The Irish Times

The more things change, the more things stay the same. So it is with our chronically ailing health service. Except for one important point: the number(...)

Even if several hundred additional acute hospital beds could be conjured up next week, the problem of securing sufficient staff to operate them would remain. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many doctors and health service administrators believe the long-term solution to the country’s trolley crisis is a major increase in hospital bed capa(...)

Simon Harris:  “The Government’s view is that €55 or €60 to bring your child to see the doctor is too expensive.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There comes a time in the tenure of most Ministers for Health when the ambitious reform plans with which they usually start off in office have to over(...)

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