Joan Burton said it is a difficult issue for Fine Gael and for Taoiseach Enda Kenny personally to address

Burton says eighth amendment not good for women

19 Dec The Tánaiste has said that it is her view that the eighth amendment of the Constitution does not serve women well when issues about their life, safety and health are in question.

UN chief has urged communities in west Africa to abide by health rules in fight against Ebola

Ban urges respect for health rules in Ebola fight

19 Dec UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged local communities in west Africa to strictly follow health regulations in the face of signs that traditional funerals are still spreading the disease.

Sean Ross Abbey is one of three locations the Daughter of Charity disability service operates from

Eleven staff taken off duty at two care units

18 Dec The Health Service Executive has said that ten members of staff and one agency worker have been taken off duty at two care units for people with intellectual disabilities near Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

HIQA found that St Anne's Private Nursing Home had too few staff who lacked an adequate skill mix

HIQA raises concerns about Mayo nursing home

18 Dec The health and social services watchdog has said a nursing home in Co Mayo breached the terms of its registration by accommodating residents upstairs, prompting serious concerns about their safe evacuation if a fire broke out.

The report calls for a consistent approach to concussion injuries

Call to link sport funding to concussion awareness

17 Dec An Oireachtas report into concussion injuries has recommended that State funding for sporting organisations should be linked to the completion of awareness training by referees, medical professionals and coaches.

Northern Irish disability rights campaigner Leigh Gath has agreed to take on the role next week

HSE to appoint whistleblower recipient

16 Dec The Health Service Executive is to appoint a Confidential Recipient for whistleblowers with concerns about the safeguarding of vulnerable users of HSE-funded services.

Nurse Mary Mealy is facing the allegations of professional misconduct

Nurse professional misconduct inquiry resumes

16 Dec A Nursing and Midwifery Board inquiry has resumed into allegations that a director of care at a private nursing home in Co Longford failed to administer medicines to some patients and disposed of them.

The inspection was planned to review the action plan put in place following a previous inspection June 2014

HIQA report finds residents' rights not protected

16 Dec A HIQA report into a centre with people with disabilities has found that residents' rights were not protected in areas such as finance, complaints, advocacy and the promotion of privacy and dignity.

Drug related deaths totalled 633 in 2012 and 645 cases in 2011

Over 600 drug-related deaths in 2012

15 Dec Health Research Board figures show 633 people died in 2012 as a result of legal and illegal drug use or in drug-related incidents which resulted in medical problems, accidents or suicide.

Fergus O'Dowd called for greater powers for the Health Information and Quality Authority

More nursing home complaints given to gardaí

14 Dec Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd has said details of 700 separate complaints about nursing and care homes that he received through a Freedom of Information request were passed on to gardaí last week.

Sierra Leone is struggling to reduce the spread of the viral haemorrhagic fever

Sierra Leone to ban Christmas parties over Ebola

13 Dec Sierra Leone plans to ban parties and other festivities over the Christmas and New Year's holidays and to launch a "surge" to cut the risk of Ebola spreading further in the West African country now with the most infections.