It is understood that several Ministers, including Minister for Transport and Sport Leo Varadkar, set out detailed arguments against the draft memorandum on banning alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sports events. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Department of Health proposal to ban alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sports events has been questioned by other departments in their formal respon(...)

HSE director designate Tony O’Brien (near side) alongside Minister for Health James Reilly. Earlier this year, Mr O’Brien suggested a “significant streamlining” of the often embarrassing information it publishes on a monthly basis about waiting lists and financial overruns in the health service. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The head of the Health Service Executive proposed providing key information about the performance of the health service directly to the Department of (...)

Private patients occupying public beds will be charged up to €1,122 a night in place of the existing charge of €75, under legislation published by the Department of Health yesterday.

Health insurance premiums are set to rise by over 30 per cent by the end of the year on foot of Government plans to charge private patients the (...)

Commonly used generics, which are copies of branded drugs which have come off patent, cost more in Ireland than in any of the other nine European countries with which Ireland is traditionally bracketed for price purposes, the study by US healthcare consultants shows.

The cost of generic medicines in Ireland is almost three times that in the UK, according to a major new study of international drug prices.Commonly us(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: revealed yesterday  that opponents of the abortion legislation have branded him a murderer and sent plastic foetuses and letters written in blood. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Health James Reilly said the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill will clarify the law for women who need access terminations and for(...)

The continuation of the mobility grant cannot be guaranteed for recipients beyond October when a new statutory scheme will be set up, Minister of State for Disability Kathleen Lynch said today. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The continuation of the mobility grant cannot be guaranteed for recipients beyond October when a new statutory scheme will be set up, Minister of S(...)

The Dutch government is to introduce new legislation from July 1st which will give it some of the toughest laws in Europe against forced marriage, for(...)

Image from the Government’s consultation document on Money Follows the Patient, which illustrates the model that is going to be introduced.

A new system of funding public hospitals in Ireland is to be introduced by January 2014 that promises to be fairer, more efficient and more transparen(...)

Dr James Reilly: push to finalise the legislation follows a long meeting yesterday between the Minister for Health and Minister of State Alex White. Photograph: Irish Times

The Government is poised to broaden the scope of its contentious legislation on abortion to provide for a statutory review of the law in the future.Wi(...)

Department of Health secretary general Ambrose McLoughlin: “In the current economic climate, if we were to open the floodgates the consequences for the basic operation of our health service could be serious.”

The Department of Health has settled more than 30 cases taken by former residents of private nursing homes who were illegally charged for long-stay ch(...)

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