Dr Sam Coulter Smyth: the master of the Rotunda Hospital said the inclusion in legislation of suicidal intent as grounds for a termination  posed major ethical dilemmas for obstetricians. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is likely to come under increased pressure to modify proposed legislation for abortion in cases of a threat of suicide after the mas(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly arrives for the Oireachtas health committee  hearings on the heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013  this morning. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The only purpose of legislation on abortion being introduced in the Dail and Seanad is to clarify what is lawfully available, Minister for Heal(...)

Responding to the 2009 swine flu pandemic cost the State over €70 million in anti-virals, vaccines and specialist equipment, according to a new (...)

GP care retreat

The revelation in this newspaper that the Government is set to abandon a key election commitment to extend free GP care to almost 60,000 people(...)

 Minister for Health James O’Reilly

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has opened up the possibility of having some form of childr(...)

The Taoiseach has inisted a Government election pledge to extend free GP care to people with long-term illnesses will go ahead. He said Minister of State for Health Alex White (above) is to report to the Cabinet on the matter by the end of this month. Photograph: Alan Betson.

MICHAEL O’REGAN and MARIE O’HALLORAN Taoiseach Enda Kenny has inisted that the Government’s election commitment to extend free GP care to(...)

One option being examined by Minister of State for Primary Care, Alex White, would be to phase it in over a number of years by extending the scheme gradually to people in specific age categories.

The Government is set to abandon a key election commitment to extend free GP care to almost 60,000 people with long-term illnesses. The p(...)

HSE staff are being offered up to €36,000 in “incentivised payments” to take a three-year career break as part of a dramatic effort to c(...)

More than 115,000 prescriptions for Viagra were filled in 2011, according to new figures from the Department of Health. The cost of pres(...)

The Government is to introduce a statutory code requiring shopowners to separate the sale of alcohol from other goods in their premises

The Government is to introduce a statutory code requiring shopowners to separate the sale of alcohol from other goods i(...)

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