Kathleen Lynch

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The next government needs a cabinet minister for older people to deal with problems posed by an ageing population, advocacy groups have said. Launchi(...)

  Minister for State  for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch: acknowledged that treatment for people with   a dual diagnosis needed to address both issues  and almost 170 specialists were to be appointed to tackle gaps in provision.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The tragic death of a young Dubliner with mental health and addiction issues has prompted calls for changes in how the health system deals with such (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: He  will  launch the plan  in Dublin  alongside Minister for Sport Paschal Donohoe and their Ministers of State. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

All adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, five days a week, according to the Government’s national physical activity plan, to b(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the launch of the HSE national service plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has criticised international drug companies that charge Ireland and other small countries “unbelievably high prices” (...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar (centre) with Stephen Mulvany, chief financial officer (right) with the HSE  and and Tony O’Brien director general HSE (left) at the launch of the HSE’s plan for 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The 2016 HSE service plan carries a “substantial financial risk” arising from a €100 million shortfall in funding, the organisation’s director general(...)

Independent TD  Thomas Pringle: said 78 per cent of over-50s with depression are undiagnosed. Photograph: Collins Courts

Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle warned the Taoiseach that mental-health services for the elderly in the county were collapsing. He said th(...)

Munster-based Cystic Fibrosis charity Build4Life raised €2.3 million for the construction and equipping of a new 20-bed respiratory unit at CUH, where four beds in single rooms have been ringfenced specifically for patients with Cystic Fibrosis. File photograph: Getty Images

The opening of a new €2.3 million specialised Cystic Fibrosis unit at the second largest CF centre in the country at Cork University Hospital (CUH) wi(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch: “It is not acceptable for patients in these categories to be subject to a charge for procedures associated with routine diagnosis and treatment.”  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch has warned GPs they are not entitled to charge medical card patients for blood tests unde(...)

The state of respite-care services around the country is inconsistent, carer advocates say. Photograph: Thinkstock

Respite services are in a state of disarray with inconsistent supports provided to family carers around the State, advocacy groups have said. Inclus(...)

 Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch has indicated a rerun of the Oireachtas inquiries referendum could form part of the Labour Party’s manifesto. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The electorate may be asked to vote again to give more power to politicians to conduct formal inquiries, it has emerged. Minister of State(...)

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