Michael Harty

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Irish laboratories were not able to bid for tenders because 60 laboratory scientists had been deployed to other work, the Medical Laboratory Scientists’ Association will tell the Oireachtas health committee, chaired by Independent TD Michael Harty. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Medical laboratory scientists will today tell TDs that they warned the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive a decade ago that foreign(...)

Vicky Phelan won a €2.5 million settlement after she received incorrect smear test results which failed to diagnose her with cervical cancer. Photograph: Collins Courts

The chairmen of two Oireachtas Committees have clashed over which committee should examine the CervicalCheck controversy. Dr Michael Harty, Independe(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally, the independent chair of a scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

The Department of Health was aware of CervicalCheck’s policy not to inform patients of the outcomes of reviews of their cases when it was clear it “ma(...)

Dáil private members’ business on Tuesday is scheduled for a motion from the Rural Independents group of TDs, but Sinn Féin says it will seek to amend the Rural Independents’ motion with its own motion of no confidence in the HSE chief

Sinn Féin has published a motion of no confidence in HSE director general Tony O’Brien, which it will seek to have debated in the Dáil next week. If (...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: “Under no circumstance should the other cases that I understand are in the system be fought in that same aggressive way.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Political leaders have demanded full accountability from the Health Service Executive and the Department of Health for the delay in informing women th(...)

The Provision of Objective Sex Education Bill was introduced by Solidarity TD Paul Murphy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Legislation which provides for factual objective sex education without regard to a school’s ethos has unexpectedly passed second stage in the Dáil wit(...)

HSE head Tony O’Brien: “If we do nothing ... we face ... an existential crisis in our capacity to provide the healthcare that our population needs.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Without reforms, the country will face an existential crisis in its capacity to provide healthcare for the population in the years ahead, the head of (...)

Mattie McGrath: “Members of the public are coming to us asking to join because they feel let down by other parties.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Plans are at an advanced stage for the creation of an informal political group to promote rural issues and an anti-abortion message, according to Inde(...)

Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath and  other Independent TDs   have met with the Standards in Public Office Commission to discuss forming a new group ahead of the next general election. Photograph: Eric Luke

A number of Independent TDs are considering establishing a new political party or alliance to promote rural issues and an anti-abortion message. Tipp(...)

Minister of State for Justice David Stanton said sometimes it was better to start from scratch, redraft the cannabis legislation and resubmit it, if it was not possible to amend it.

Private Members’ legislation legalising medicinal cannabis remains on the Dáil agenda, despite the Oireachtas Committee on Health saying it is legally(...)

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