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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

Pressure has increased on the Government to hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment and provide abortions up to 12 weeks following the recomm(...)

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(...)

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minster for Culture Josepha Madigan, and Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture Youth and Sport at the inaugural Creative Ireland Forum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwell

National cultural institutions and infrastructure such as the National Library and Abbey Theatre can expect to see their biggest capital investment si(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he was working with the Attorney General to provide legislative proposals for whatever the Oireachtas committee  decided. Photograph: Collins

The Cabinet will have to decide the wording of a referendum by February 14th if one is to take place in June, Minister for Health Simon Harris has sai(...)

An additional € 10 million had been allocated for people with disabilities over and above what had been announced on Budget day in October.

A number of measures to increase supports for people with disabilities and their carers, such as increased respite hours and better access to local GP(...)

Minister for Health Simon  Harris (2nd left) and Minister of State for mental health Jim  Daly (2nd right) on Tuesday  launched a report on mental health. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography.

Equipping young people with the language and skills to deal with the pressures of social media and online bullying is key to protecting their mental h(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: says it is recognised the delivery of healthcare is an “inherently risky activity” and it is inevitable things may go wrong on occasion.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Providing healthcare is an “inherently risky activity” and up to 16 per cent of patients admitted to the State’s hospitals may be experiencing adverse(...)

Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton: “You cannot turn off the internet nor expect the gardaí to be waiting at our airports for women carrying abortion pills.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A majority of members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have confirmed they will support abortions being made available without rest(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Rachel Flynn of Hiqa: the National Patient Experience Survey 2017 found most patients rated their stay in hospital to be good or very good.  Photograph: Julien Behal

If each general practitioner referred two fewer patients to hospitals per week it would lead to a fall in waiting lists for outpatient appointments an(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits St Laurence O’Toole girls’ national school in Seville Place, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael’s future in the post-Enda era was much discussed at the Mayo GAA senior players’ inaugural Christmas lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel. The bal(...)

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