Kathleen Lynch

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Minister of State Kathleen Lynch: Requested that agreed allocation for mental health remains in place “for the duration of the caretaker government and until a new minister is in place”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Plans by the Department of Health and the HSE to raid money supposedly ring-fenced for mental health for spending in more politically sensitive areas (...)

Former minister of state Kathleen Lynch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Labour minister of state Kathleen Lynch warned her party colleagues against introducing water charges, saying it could lead to a major backlash(...)

Former minister for Health James Reilly at the count centre in Cloghran. photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A number of Government Ministers lost their seats in a bruising general election for Fine Gael and Labour. Deputy leader of Fine Gael James Reilly, (...)

Billy Kelleher of Fianna Fáil who was  elected at Cork North Central. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision.

The four seats of Cork North-Central have been filled with Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit each(...)

INMO general secretary Liam Doran said pay restoration for student nurses and midwives went “some way” to correct a serious wrong done to young nurses and midwives in 2011/12. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pay rates for student nurses are to be increased from the beginning of March under a new deal agreed between the Government and nursing unions. About(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly (left) and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar during an address to Fine Gael candidates and supporters by Taoiseach  Enda Kenny TD at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has confirmed he became aware of allegations of abuse at a foster home in late 2014. Mr Varadkar said he received a (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “She was not in a position to speak or to defend herself, and the whistleblower is clear that the most appalling acts were perpetrated in this case.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The foster father in the southeast abuse controversy contacted then minister for health Michael Noonan to have his “beloved daughter’’ kept with the f(...)

The work of predicting elections is ‘as ridiculous as expecting Galway to win the Liam McCarthy every year even though it’s nearly 30 years since they last did it’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the skills required of a political journalist is knowing when and how to make predictions. Such tasks including calling the date of an electio(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch: “We  concluded . . .  that the only way forward is to commission a statutory commission of investigation.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The formal establishment of a commission of investigation into allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast will be a matter for the next g(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch discussed the case with HSE director general Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is examining the establishment of a statutory commission of investigation into allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast. (...)

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