Kate O Connell

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The Citizens’ Assembly recommended that abortion should be permitted in the State in a wide range of circumstances. File photographs: The Irish Times

Members of the Oireachtas committee on abortion will be not allowed to rotate their positions with other party members. The names of the members of t(...)

 Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs have expressed alarm at a proposal to completely separate public and private healthcare in the Republic. Photograph: Getty Images

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs have expressed alarm at a proposal to completely separate public and private healthcare in the Republic. A draft report(...)

Senator Catherine Noone says the issue is difficult for people on a personal level. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael TDs are reluctant to sit on the new cross-party committee on abortion, the party leadership has found. The names of the members of the Join(...)

TDs and Senators will eventually have to take a position on the issue – for the first time, in some cases. Photographs: The Irish Times

How did we get here? A Government led by a socially-conservative Taoiseach set up a Citizens’ Assembly, which eventually creates shockwaves by recomme(...)

Simon Harris’s support is seen as a significant boost for the Coveney campaign, as he is the first senior Minister to align himself with a candidate. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Health Simon Harris has become a key figure in the Fine Gael leadership campaign for Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Mr Harris has (...)

 Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney: “I will need to bring forward legislation for the parts of the report that are good and legally sound.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The water charges issue was always going to provide an unstable period for this minority Government. Fianna Fáil had campaigned for their abolition i(...)

Andrew Wakefield: was struck from register because his anti-vaccination study had been discredited. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Ireland’s anti-measles vaccination rate is below the 95 per cent required to avoid outbreaks, as concern grows about an ongoing upsurge in Romania tha(...)

Medical marijuana: Kate O’Connell TD, a practising pharmacist, said Gino Kenny’s proposals to legalise medicinal cannabis would undermine regulations designed to protect the public. Photograph: Eric Luke TD Kate O’Connell said arguments for legalising medicinal cannabis rested on ‘fake facts’.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Proposals to legalise medicinal cannabis are “madness” and “verging on the immoral”, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health has been told by the Fin(...)

The Oireachtas health committee heard that Government departments were “high on aspiration and frighteningly low on detail”. Photograph: Getty Images

Thousands of Irish patients could lose the option of being treated in the North in the event of a hard Brexit, the Oireachtas health committee has bee(...)

 Vera Twomey with People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny at Leinster House, Dublin after they walked from Cork to Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A programme to allow patients with specific conditions access to medicinal cannabis could be in place by autumn, the Oireachtas health committee has b(...)

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