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# simon-harris - Thursday 11 May, 2017

Investigation launched into allegations of serious abuse at centre for those with intellectual disabilities

Families of the service users have been calling for an independent investigation since last August.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

New Zealand wants to scrap its blasphemy laws after Ireland's Stephen Fry probe

“I didn’t think we had it, I thought it had gone,” New Zealand’s Catholic leader Bill English said about its own law.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

'A woman has our daughter's lungs and four boys have the rest of her organs'

Nevaeh Gale-Spollen was just weeks away from her 10th brithday when she died from a brain haemorrhage.

# simon-harris - Monday 8 May, 2017

'You can’t take your organs with you': Harris to bring in opt-out system next year

“Donating your organs is the most selfless act that anybody can actually do.”

Simon Harris says Ireland's blasphemy laws are 'silly' and 'embarrassing'

It’s been suggested by experts that our current blasphemy laws are ‘unenforceable’.

# simon-harris - Sunday 7 May, 2017

'Complete outrage': Protest against Sisters of Charity owning maternity hospital happening today

A petition against the order owning the hospital has been signed by over 100,000 people.

'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi

A deal on the cystic fibrosis drug was finally reached last month.

# simon-harris - Friday 5 May, 2017

Simon Harris commits to giving graduating Irish student nurses full-time contracts

Staffing and retention are two key issues that nearly led to industrial action in the nursing sector earlier this year.

Morning after pill: Medical card holders to get access without prescription

Pharmacists have argued that prescription requirements limited medical card holders’ access to the contraceptive.

# simon-harris - Thursday 4 May, 2017

Vera Twomey causes TD traffic chaos by staging sit-in at Leinster House Dáil Gridlock This post contains videos

Vera Twomey causes TD traffic chaos by staging sit-in at Leinster House

Assorted deputies were left stranded inside the gates of Leinster House by the protest.

'Women will die needlessly': Call for push to increase uptake of HPV vaccine

The Irish Cancer Society also wants the vaccination programme to be extended to include boys.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Three year campaign results in 33,000 children with disabilities getting full medical cards

Children who receive the Domiciliary Care Allowance are now eligible for a full medical card.

# simon-harris - Monday 1 May, 2017

From The Daily Edge Drake and Simon Harris were born one week apart - here's how their lives have panned out so far Twins

Drake and Simon Harris were born one week apart - here's how their lives have panned out so far

October 17th 1986: Simon Harris is born. October 24th 1986: Drake is born.

Harris asks for a month to consider all options for ownership of maternity hospital

Minister Simon Harris has said that a public ownership option is possible for the hospital.

# simon-harris - Friday 28 April, 2017

Health Minister slams 'false' and 'unfounded' claims from anti-vaccine campaigners

Highlighting the particular case of the HPV vaccine, Harris said he is very concerned about the fall in the uptake rate, which is heading below 50%.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Holles Street board re-endorses deal to move maternity hospital St Vincent's This post contains videos

Holles Street board re-endorses deal to move maternity hospital

Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris said the compulsory purchase of the site is ‘not the solution’.

New children's hospital will be the length of Grafton Street and as big as Dundrum Shopping Centre

The new children’s hospital will cost over €1 billion and will open in 2021.

Factfind: Could compulsory purchase be used for the maternity hospital and what would it cost?

The St. Vincent’s site is the preferred site for the hospital.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 25 April, 2017

# simon-harris - Sunday 23 April, 2017

Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church

Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted the hospital will be independently run.

'If you want to give medical advice on vaccinations, become a doctor. If not, get out of the way'

Simon Harris was addressing doctors at the Irish Medical Organisation AGM yesterday.

# simon-harris - Saturday 22 April, 2017

Accused of being 'hapless, helpless and hopeless', Harris wants 'cool heads' on maternity hospital

Addressing doctors today, Minister Harris sought to provide assurances on the project.

# simon-harris - Friday 21 April, 2017

Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today IMO

Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today

The Irish Medical Organisation’s AGM is happening in Galway.

# simon-harris - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Health Minister: 'I have heard people say that nuns will be running the hospital. Not true'

It was claimed that 300 people attended today’s lunchtime protest outside the Department of Health.

Ex-hospital master to Simon Harris: 'Ask nuns about their plans for €300m hospital'

Dr. Peter Boylan says the minister must quiz the Sisters of Charity.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Over 70,000 sign petition to prevent Sisters of Charity becoming owners of maternity hospital

The Department of Health has insisted the new hospital will be independently run.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

'No religious influence': Harris defends new maternity hospital ownership in face of criticism

The Master of the new National Maternity Hospital said the facility will “revolutionise healthcare”.

# simon-harris - Monday 17 April, 2017

'It robs you of your very being': Life with the invisible illness Fibromyalgia This post contains videos

'It robs you of your very being': Life with the invisible illness

Jo Allen has a chronic pain condition and has been getting some relief from cannabis-derived medicine.

Why you should be very wary of signing this insurance form on arrival at an Irish hospital

Signing up for private health care where none is available increases your bill ten times, and sometimes the situation can be even worse.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

'Life changing' cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi will be available from next month

Simon Harris made the announcement today in the Dáil.

# simon-harris - Thursday 6 April, 2017

'We're not going to have a general election over water' - Could this be the row to take down the government?

Health Minister Simon Harris said that the events of the last 24 hours were “very concerning”.

# simon-harris - Monday 3 April, 2017

'After the transplant, I looked in the mirror and my eyes weren’t yellow anymore, they were white'

Shauna Morrissey has cystic fibrosis and is campaigning for an opt-out organ donation system.

# simon-harris - Thursday 30 March, 2017

'It is soul-destroying to see my daughter crying every day with the pain in her back'

Karen and Sarah-Ann Cline-Mitchell met with the Minister for Health yesterday to find out when she will get a date for her operation.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Woman with intellectual disabilties left in foster home for two years after claims of sexual abuse

Yesterday, Cabinet was informed about new disability protocols which will cost €7 million per year.

From September, all cigarette packs sold in Ireland will look the same

This makes part of effort to have Ireland tobacco free by 2025.

# simon-harris - Saturday 25 March, 2017

'The damage is done, a piece of his spine will have to be removed' Scoliosis This post contains videos

'The damage is done, a piece of his spine will have to be removed'

Tommy Long is one of over 200 children waiting for scoliosis surgery in Ireland.

# simon-harris - Thursday 23 March, 2017

Teen who spoke about scoliosis pain on the Late Late Show will finally get her surgery today Megan Halvey-ryan This post contains videos

Teen who spoke about scoliosis pain on the Late Late Show will finally get her surgery today

Megan Halvey-Ryan’s surgery has been delayed several times before.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 22 March, 2017

Harris plans to "dismantle" HSE and replace it with "much leaner" health agency

The Minister for Health outlined his “vision” for the future of Irish healthcare at a Dáil committee this morning.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 21 March, 2017

'My daughter is seriously in need of this medication' - Vera Twomey is coming back to the Dáil

Twomey says nothing will happen until the law is changed.

# simon-harris - Monday 13 March, 2017

Pressure mounts on Church to 'pay up' on sexual abuse redress as Taoiseach says 'get on with it'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Church needs to reflect on the commitment it made in 2002.

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