Michael Harty

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Labour health spokesman Alan Kelly claimed there was a “direct contradiction” between the evidence given by CervicalCheck representatives to previous meetings of the committee and the direct experience of women. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

TDs have called on CervicalCheck to explain why women who had smear tests done privately due to a backlog in the public screening service were later e(...)

The union called for immediate intervention by Minister for Health Simon Harris

A new record for overcrowding in an Irish hospital has been set, with 82 patients waiting for admission to University Hospital Limerick on Wednesday m(...)

The Assisted Human Reproduction Bill includes provisions covering sperm, egg and embryo donation, surrogacy, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), embryo and stem cell research and posthumous assisted reproduction.

Assisted human reproduction (AHR) is notoriously fraught, emotionally, physically and ethically. The desire to have children is deeply rooted in human(...)

Solidarity-People Before Profit Mick Barry. File photograph: Collins

Eight members of the Oireachtas were denied the full amount of one of their annual allowances last year because of their poor attendance record at Lei(...)

Central Bank of Ireland, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Central Bank has not imposed a single sanction on vulture funds who do not comply with the code of conduct on mortgage arrears despite finding a “(...)

Independent TD and GP Michael Harty raised the MedLab issue during a debate on the CervicalCheck cancer screening programme. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Cervical smear tests which normally go for processing at MedLab laboratory, are now being put into storage until new laboratory capacity is in place, (...)

Former Rehab boss Angela Kerins at the Four Courts. Oireachtas committee chairpersons have been told that in the light of the Kerins case, their role was of particular importance. Photograph: Collins Courts

Oireachtas committees have received extensive legal advice since the Angela Kerins case warning them to stay firmly within their remit and to treat wi(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers: “Are you still writing out to people on the backlog to come in because you haven’t cross-checked who they are?” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A Fianna Fáil TD has described the backlog in the CervicalCheck programme as an “utter mess” after revealing she is one of 80,000 women affected. May(...)

Runner in Dublin’s Kimmage-Rathmines ward Samantha Long: political parties got almost €6 million in State funding in 2017. A new injection would allocate €500,000 more to “already generously funded party machines”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A special Cabinet meeting was held recently to mark the Government collecting the last few tokens it required to claim a new kettle for the ministeria(...)

Opposition politicians joined families of children with spinal muscular atrophy who are seeking access to a new drug, Spinraza, in a march to Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Cullen

Families of children with a rare muscle-wasting disease have protested outside the Dáil calling for the HSE to approve an expensive new treatment that(...)

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