Irish Pharmacy Union has said pharmacies are experiencing ‘significant’  shortages of key medicines including anti-depressants such as cymbalta above. Photograph: Getty

Pharmacies are experiencing “significant” shortages of key medicines including anti-depressants, according to a survey carried out by the Irish Pharma(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald talking to reporters about the death of a woman who went from Ireland to the UK for an abortion. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The death of a woman who travelled to England for an abortion was ‘extremely shocking’ and raised issues being dealt with in the abortion Bill, Minist(...)

Cancer and medical cards

Being told you have cancer is a significant life-event. Even when the prognosis turns out to be good, people describe a numbed response. Although grea(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly  told the Dáil last week that from the beginning of 2014 the daily charge for overnight inpatient services in a single-occupancy room in a “category I” public hospital (the main teaching hospitals) will be set at €1,000. Photograph: Alan Betson

Health insurers are at odds with the Government over how much planned new charges which Minister for Health James Reilly is seeking to introduce for (...)

Former HSE chief executive Cathal Magee established a group In January 2012 to report to him on governance issues. Photograph: Eric Luke

The former chief executive of the Health Service Executive, Cathal Magee, asked the organisation’s internal audit unit last year to investigate whethe(...)

Only 10 out of more than 100 State-run long-stay units currently in place would be able to operate after 2015

About a quarter of all publicly run facilities providing long-stay accommodation for older people are now more than 120 years old. With a potential bi(...)

Scratching at the surface

The difficult but welcome passage by the Dáil of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill is a landmark in the country’s political history, and a (...)

 Mary Allen: remembered as a committed feminist who deeply believed in gender equality and social justice

Dr Mary Allen, who has died aged 60, was a lecturer at the UCD school of applied social science and former chair of the Women’s Aid board of directors(...)

Women taking part in a public demonstration held by the group Survivors of Symphysiotomy outside Leinster Houselast month. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Women who underwent symphysiotomies by having their pelvises unnecessarily broken during childbirth should be paid damages of up to €450,000, accordin(...)

Brendan Howlin said the plan was that up to 90 per cent of claims would be made electronically by December.

The Government cannot publish the names of hospital consultants who are holding up the payment to the HSE on income from health insurers due to fears (...)

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