James Reilly has said he will seek legal advice over the blockage of certain firms from working in his department

Plan to penalise firms backing big tobacco queried

01 Mar Former attorney general Michael McDowell has said he thinks it would be unlawful for the Government to seek to impose blanket bans on legal firms who act for big tobacco from tendering for legal services advertised by the State.

Leo Varadkar said commercial surrogacy would be banned under the legislation

Govt to prepare laws over surrogacy

25 Feb The Government has agreed to prepare new laws to regulate surrogacy and the broader area of assisted human reproduction and associated research.

Marie Devine, who struggled with anorexia nervosa, said her difficulties reached their peak in her 30s

Eating disorder group see 30% rise in calls

24 Feb Eating disorder awareness and support group Bodywhys recorded a 30% increase in the number of people calling it's helpline in the last year, the largest growth seen in at least a decade.

Galway University Hospital has the biggest waiting list in the country

33 hospitals report rising waiting lists

20 Feb New waiting list figures up to the end of January reveal a significant increase in the number of adults and children waiting for treatment, with 33 of 41 acute hospitals reporting rising lists.

Allegations that an Australian couple had abandoned their Down Syndrome baby with his Thai birth mother sparked controversy last year

Thailand bans commercial surrogacy for foreigners

20 Feb Thailand's interim parliament has passed a law that bans foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a "rent-a-womb" industry that made the southeast Asian country a top destination for fertility tourism.

James Reilly (second from left) says Ireland has always been a leader in tobacco control measures

Cross-party backing for Reilly's tobacco 'crusade'

17 Feb There has been cross-party support for Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly's "fight and crusade against the tobacco industry" at this afternoon's meeting of the Oireachtas Health Committee.

Tony Fitzpatrick of the INMO said the level of overcrowding 'puts patients at risk of compromised care'

Call for ambulances to be diverted from Drogheda

16 Feb The INMO has asked the HSE to take Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda off-call for emergency ambulance calls due to the high number of patients on trolleys in the Emergency Department.