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# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Wednesday 11 September, 2019

Ban on blood donations from people who lived in UK to be lifted
# Blood Ban
# Blood Ban

Ban on blood donations from people who lived in UK to be lifted

Sep 11th 2019, 11:00 PM 26,380 Views 31 Comments

The ban was introduced as a result of a Mad Cow Disease epidemic.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 20 May, 2019

Man brings High Court challenge over IBTS policy on gay men donating blood
# Blood Donation
# Blood Donation

Man brings High Court challenge over IBTS policy on gay men donating blood

May 20th 2019, 7:11 PM 12,276 Views 0 Comments

The action has been taken by 27-year-old Tomas Heneghan.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Sunday 5 August, 2018

'Newborn babies can only receive blood given in the last five days - so why are so few of us donating?'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Newborn babies can only receive blood given in the last five days - so why are so few of us donating?'

Aug 5th 2018, 3:00 PM 19,830 Views 58 Comments

Only 3% of us who are eligible to give blood actually do so.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Tuesday 6 March, 2018

'We have limited time': Urgent appeal for blood donations as just three-day supply left
# Give Blood
# Give Blood

'We have limited time': Urgent appeal for blood donations as just three-day supply left

Mar 6th 2018, 5:23 PM 23,879 Views 60 Comments

All IBTS clinics nationwide were closed last week for a number of days due to the impact of Storm Emma.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Saturday 10 February, 2018

'Gay men who've had sex in a year can't give blood, but those involved in risky sexual behaviour can'
# Column
# Column

'Gay men who've had sex in a year can't give blood, but those involved in risky sexual behaviour can'

Feb 10th 2018, 7:30 PM 13,257 Views 106 Comments

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service should focus on risky sexual behaviour instead of sexual orientation, writes James Larkin.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Thursday 31 August, 2017

IBTS director hangs up phone after radio presenter asks about Hepatitis B case
# Dodged
# Dodged

IBTS director hangs up phone after radio presenter asks about Hepatitis B case

Aug 31st 2017, 2:53 PM 40,916 Views 45 Comments

It was announced yesterday that a patient in Ireland had contracted the virus from a blood transfusion.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 16 January, 2017

Lifetime ban on gay men donating blood lifted
# New Rules
# New Rules

Lifetime ban on gay men donating blood lifted

Jan 16th 2017, 12:50 PM 26,322 Views 80 Comments

From today, a man who last had sex with another man more than 12 months ago will now be able to donate blood if he meets the other blood donor selection criteria.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Friday 6 January, 2017

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has shared a lovely message from a grateful parent
# Give Blood
From The Daily Edge
# Give Blood

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has shared a lovely message from a grateful parent

Jan 6th 2017, 9:30 AM 3,659 Views 0 Comments

“You are the reason my child has gone from a very sick, very tired little girl back to her usual lovely self in 24 hours.”

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Friday 21 October, 2016

Poll: Do you donate blood?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you donate blood?

Oct 21st 2016, 9:49 AM 20,008 Views 99 Comments

Supplies are currently running low.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 27 June, 2016

Lifting of blood ban welcome - but system will still discriminate against gay men in relationships
# Gay Blood Ban
# Gay Blood Ban

Lifting of blood ban welcome - but system will still discriminate against gay men in relationships

Jun 27th 2016, 4:20 PM 19,164 Views 90 Comments

Men who have sex with men will now be subject to a deferral process.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

Irish Blood Transfusion Service: 'We've been exposing donors to developing anaemia'
# Blood Donation
# Blood Donation

Irish Blood Transfusion Service: 'We've been exposing donors to developing anaemia'

Nov 17th 2015, 8:11 AM 20,056 Views 22 Comments

A new test introduced in July last year has been failing to identify donors with an iron deficiency.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Wednesday 29 July, 2015

This 23-year-old student is challenging Ireland's gay blood donation ban
# Explainer
# Explainer

This 23-year-old student is challenging Ireland's gay blood donation ban

Jul 29th 2015, 1:30 PM 24,655 Views 197 Comments

But why is the ban still in place and on what grounds is it being challenged?

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Sunday 25 January, 2015

Health Minister Leo Varadkar wants to lift the ban on gay men donating blood
# Overturned
# Overturned

Health Minister Leo Varadkar wants to lift the ban on gay men donating blood

Jan 25th 2015, 10:50 AM 14,004 Views 121 Comments

The minister wants to see the ban replaced with a 12 month deferral period.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Saturday 10 January, 2015

Department looks at options for lifting ban on gay men donating blood
# Blood
# Blood

Department looks at options for lifting ban on gay men donating blood

Jan 10th 2015, 7:54 PM 14,563 Views 99 Comments

A policy paper being examined sets out options including a total removal of the ban and a time deferral on donation.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 18 August, 2014

Is your blood type O-negative? You're needed right now
# Just Our Type
# Just Our Type

Is your blood type O-negative? You're needed right now

Aug 18th 2014, 7:01 PM 26,019 Views 71 Comments

Blood stocks are at a low of four days.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Friday 11 July, 2014

Lots of NI citizens still can't donate blood here because of 2004 policy
# Bad Blood
# Bad Blood

Lots of NI citizens still can't donate blood here because of 2004 policy

Jul 11th 2014, 6:30 AM 9,243 Views 22 Comments

The policy was brought in following the first confirmed case of vCJD transmission via blood transfusion in the UK.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Red blood cells grown in a lab to be trialled in humans
# Stem Cells
# Stem Cells

Red blood cells grown in a lab to be trialled in humans

Apr 15th 2014, 8:28 AM 5,847 Views 1 Comment

A team of researchers across Ireland and the United Kingdom used stem cells to grow red blood cells.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 31 March, 2014

Stocks of Ireland's most common blood group are down
# Don't Be Scared
# Don't Be Scared

Stocks of Ireland's most common blood group are down

Mar 31st 2014, 4:40 PM 16,484 Views 45 Comments

Almost half of the country is O+.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

O'Gara believes injury troubles are finally behind him
# Fresh Start
From The42
# Fresh Start

O'Gara believes injury troubles are finally behind him

Jan 15th 2014, 6:45 AM 4,749 Views 2 Comments

The Dublin forward is hopeful of returning for the beginning of the Allianz Football League campaign.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 28 May, 2012

Numbers giving blood drops due to hot weather
# Hot-blooded
# Hot-blooded

Numbers giving blood drops due to hot weather

May 28th 2012, 7:30 PM 5,295 Views 39 Comments

Water isn’t the only liquid in danger of a shortage during sunny spell – blood donations are down by a fifth.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Blood platelet service to be cancelled due to staff shortage
# Health
# Health

Blood platelet service to be cancelled due to staff shortage

Feb 9th 2012, 7:00 PM 4,057 Views 10 Comments

Blood Transfusion Service finding it difficult to retain staff for specialised job with anti-social hours.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Thursday 8 September, 2011

Ireland won't lift ban on MSM blood donors, despite British move
# Blood Ban
# Blood Ban

Ireland won't lift ban on MSM blood donors, despite British move

Sep 8th 2011, 1:49 PM 2,708 Views 41 Comments

Britain relaxes its ban on blood donations from men who sleep with men, but there are no plans for a similar move in Ireland.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Friday 8 July, 2011

Family will borrow €10,000 to harvest 'life-saving' stem cells for son
# Stem Cells
# Stem Cells

Family will borrow €10,000 to harvest 'life-saving' stem cells for son

Jul 8th 2011, 2:40 PM 1,680 Views 8 Comments

Heavily pregnant woman says she was told at 20 weeks that she could have the procedure at Holles Street – but with only weeks left to give birth, is having to go private.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 6 December, 2010

IBTS welcomes surge in new donations
# Blood Donations
# Blood Donations

IBTS welcomes surge in new donations

Dec 6th 2010, 3:26 PM 328 Views 0 Comments

After issuing an appeal for emergency donations, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service sees its stocks increase.