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Dr Fiona Kelly of Bank Place Clinic in Castletownbere in west Cork

Doctors have expressed varying views on the decision by the Government to extend free GP care to six and seven year olds as part of a broader strategy(...)

Rita O’Driscoll from Bridge Street, Bandon, Co Cork denied both the murder and assault charges when she was arraigned before a jury of five men and seven women at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork. File photograph: John Delea

A mother of two charged with the murder of her ex-husband made several threats to kill him, including threatening to pour petrol over him and set him (...)

The drive-through flu vaccine clinic in Midleton, Co Cork. Photograph: Mike Thompson

The country’s first formal drive-through flu vaccination clinic could serve as template for delivering a Covid-19 vaccine to large numbers whenever on(...)

Dr John O’Riordan: ‘We got a big bump about ten days ago when the first schools starting going back and then it quietened but the last few days we’ve seen a bit of an increase.’

Doctors in Cork have noticed a major surge in the number of people presenting for Covid-19 testing since the re-opening of schools but say that the in(...)

On Tuesday morning a trio of big banks kicks off the fourth-quarter earnings season in the US

A trio of big US banks kicks off the fourth-quarter earnings season on Tuesday. Analysts and investors are hopeful that corporate America will report (...)

Dr Cliona Murphy: “I thought I would see more women coming into the hospitals,” says the chairwoman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Photograph: Tom Honan

The 100th day of Ireland’s new abortion service was marked last Thursday in the same way as all the previous days – by a conspicuous lack of comment. (...)

Australia coach  Michael Cheika   in 2009 when he was head coach of Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Michael Cheika remains a well-liked figure hereabouts and the feeling works both ways. He still makes fairly regular sorties back to Ireland and an up(...)


No abortions are being provided in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly because not a single GP in the four counties has signed up to the new service. A(...)

The MyOptions helpline has been set up by the HSE as the main referral path for women seeking a termination.

The first consultations for women seeking an abortion have taken place since the service became legal on January 1st. GPs, who have opted in to provi(...)

Dr Peter Boylan said expectations had to be kept in context, and that women in other countries often had to travel “hundreds of miles” to access such services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Revised ethical guidelines for doctors on abortion and conscientious objection will not be ready in time for the planned rollout of termination servic(...)

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