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Currently the unborn has an equal right to life as to the mother and abortions are only permitted when a mother’s life is at risk. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Cabinet is to be warned of the tight timeframe it must adhere to if it is to hold a referendum in May on removing the Eighth Amendment from the Co(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: politicians made a “real and enduring mistake” by allowing the Eighth Amendment to be inserted into the Constitution. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Six Cabinet Ministers have indicated their support for the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment’s recommendation to remove article 40.3.3 from(...)

Dr Mary Rogan agrees that Fempi cuts had affected many GPs, and two doctors who had retired near her in Headford, Co Galway, had not been replaced. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

West coast general practitioners like Dr Mary Rogan and Dr Jerry Cowley know how deserving carers are of any sort of support, but they are worried abo(...)

The Irish Medical Organisation  said the Government’s plan could not go ahead without negotiations and the provision of adequate resources for general practice. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

It is likely to be next summer at the earliest before carers receive free GP visit cards under the new initiative announced this week by Minister for (...)

It is ‘not just the HSE’ that needs to act to combat the spread of the bug. Photograph: iStock

The head of the HSE’s task force combatting superbugs has the health service is facing a race against time to deal with the the potentially fatal and (...)

Small traders had looked for concessions on the   regulations  which sought strict segregation of alcohol from other products in supermarkets and stores. Photograph: Getty Images

Retailers will be allowed to display alcohol in three storage units or place it behind a barrier in a compromise deal reached with the Government on n(...)

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will now include concessions for small traders. File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The controversial Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is set to return to the Seanad on Friday to complete all stages. The legislation will now include conc(...)

Simon Coveney: he appealed to TDs to show leadership to the rest of the country on how the debate should be conducted

The Government is working to a timetable for a referendum on abortion in May, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. He reiterated it was a three-stage pro(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris says “detailed consideration” would be given to the findings of the Oireachtas committee’s final report, due to be published on December 20th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is working to a timetable for a referendum on abortion in May, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. He said most of the work on the Bills (...)

The Department of Health said all people in receipt of carer’s allowance were to receive a GP visit card, but the National Association of General Practitioners  said the  announcement was “a populist move to win votes”. File photograph: Getty Images

A pledge by Minister for Health Simon Harris to provide 40,000 carers with free visits to general practitioners is a “vote-buying exercise” that he ca(...)

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