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# Minister For Health

This year
Adverts for vapes will be banned from areas where children are present under new laws
Government to counter bill calling to boost the number of GPs in rural areas
Last year
HSE deficit likely to hit at least €1bn with overspend to July running at €600m
Stephen Donnelly says speculation on cost of Children’s Hospital is ‘not helpful’
Review of abortion services to go to Cabinet in coming weeks
All time
Booster programme to be extended 'more widely' as under-60s with chronic conditions likely next
Dr Peter Boylan: The National Maternity Hospital deal is dead in the water, it's time for Plan B
Dr Peter Boylan
Ambulance capacity to double as part of 'dedicated system' to vaccinate people who are housebound
Health minister announces 'see-and-treat' gynaecology services and 'advanced' endometriosis centre
Fully vaccinated people are to be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine
Minister to ask NIAC to consider where family carers fit on vaccine priority list
Health Minister warned of staff shortages by HSE in pre-Christmas message
Ireland to get first 35,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine next week
Donnelly says Covid protocols in meat factories had been working as NPHET advice on restrictions published
Reduced cancer services due to Covid-19 pandemic 'unacceptable', says Irish Cancer Society
CervicalCheck tribunal to begin 'without delay', says minister
Mandatory quarantine for those arriving into Ireland 'not workable' says Leo Varadkar
Health Minister says virus reproductive rate 'staying remarkably stable'
Free flu vaccine will be available for children aged 2-12 this winter
'Highly unlikely' weddings of up to 100 people allowed by July, Simon Harris says
Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country
Staff health checks and more PPE for nursing home staff, but representative group says test results still too slow
Minister Simon Harris 'to immediately address' PPE shortages in nursing homes
Government concerned about weekend crowds but further restrictions won't be based on 'what's trending on Twitter'
Coronavirus: Advice about Ireland v Italy Six Nations game and other public events to be reviewed today, says Harris
'This government's race is firmly ran': Independent TDs plan no-confidence motion in Simon Harris
'Not realistic': Free GP care for under 13s questioned by medical group
Wording was 'a bit off, to put it midly' on hospital posters for cash prizes, says Harris
Patient Safety Bill put forward by Simon Harris has been approved by Cabinet
Social media companies agree to liase with Department of Health on tackling anti-vaccine misinformation
'What we have in Ireland is not equal': Same-sex parents call for more legal rights to their children
The Explainer: Can Ireland grow its own medicinal cannabis?
Simon Harris has asked the Attorney General to look at mandatory vaccinations
'Time to act': HIQA report finds PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates would be cheaper and more effective
Opinion: A million people have no health cover as low-paid families are excluded from access to the medical card
Felim O'Rourke
Dept of Health declared safe after non-hazardous white powder discovery prompts evacuation
Poll: Should the Dáil vote for confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris?
'I'm happy for the project to continue': Simon Harris rules out re-tendering children's hospital
Costs, changes and controversies: The decades-long saga behind the NCH
'His family believes that if his cancer was detected in any of the 3 x-rays, his prognosis wouldn't be terminal'