James Reilly said there were elements of public health which specifically affect children

Department heads to discuss health changes

17 Jul The Secretaries General of the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs are to meet to discuss the most appropriate parts of public health to move to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

34 medicines could be sold through pharmacies for the first time without prescription

More medicines may be available over the counter

17 Jul The Health Products Regulatory Authority has said there are 12 active substances contained in medicines currently classified as prescription-only that could be safely made available for over-the-counter sale.

James Reilly said Judge Yvonne Murphy 'is ideally suited to this challenging role'

Judge Yvonne Murphy to chair homes inquiry

16 Jul The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced that Judge Yvonne Murphy will chair the Commission of Investigation into Church-run mother-and-baby homes.

The report on end-of-life care made 37 recommendations

Recommendations on end-of-life care

15 Jul A Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children report has said the automatic issue of medical cards should be considered for people requiring end-of-life care.

HIV virus recurs in child who was thought to be cured

HIV recurs in child thought to be cured

10 Jul A baby girl born in the southern US state of Mississippi, who was thought to have been cleared of HIV, has seen her infection return, US scientists have said.

Changes will see higher premiums for those taking up health insurance later in life

'Little incentive in health insurance changes'

08 Jul A professor of health policy has said changes to health insurance signed into law yesterday by the Minister for Health will probably not provide strong enough incentives for younger people to take up health insurance.