Minister for Health Simon Harris: should consider whether the Irish people voted for a culture where three days to think about an abortion is considered demeaning, but a fortnight to change your mind about a toaster is a good thing.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Before the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, the Referendum Commission told people they were not voting on any particular form of legislation. Ever(...)

Adoptionbackrounder

As you read this there are people about to experience what will probably be the greatest shock of their lives. They are about to discover their parent(...)

‘We spend €700 million on high tech drugs. We spend €1.4 billion on all other pharmaceutical products. It’s astronomical’

The “politicisation” of some very expensive drugs which may or may not work, has “led directly” to cuts in valuable community services, the Irish Coll(...)

Thousands of Siptu members in State-funded organisations providing health and social care are to stage a one-day strike on February 14th in a dispute over pay restoration. Photograph: Jimmy Weldon.

Thousands of staff in State-funded organisations providing health and social care are to stage a one-day strike on February 14th in a dispute over pay(...)

Since 1978, more than 6 million babies have been born through IVF across the world and over 2 per cent of European births are now through IVF. Photograph: iStock

It is “critical” that fertility treatment be publicly funded and legally regulated here, a pioneer in the field has warned. Professor Simon Fishel, f(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil has called for a wide-ranging debate on the publication of the earnings by GPs, dentists and other contractors from the HSE.The move comes(...)

An ambulance is prepared by Colm Murphy at Tara Street fire station in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Delays in ambulance response times have been much in the news recently and, while there may be a number of contributing factors, a significant (...)

The Oireachtas Committee on Health is expected to hold public hearings into what should be covered as part of the standard package of universal health insurance which everyone will have to have in future under proposals drawn up by the Minister for Health James Reilly

The Oireachtas Committee on Health is expected to hold public hearings into what should be covered as part of the standard package of universa(...)

The Health Identifiers Bill 2013, which will introduce plain packaging for tobacco products,  has won cross-party support. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Representatives of three major tobacco companies in Ireland insisted at a parliamentary hearing yesterday that they never target children and would(...)

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