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#Simon Harris

# simon-harris - Sunday 17 March, 2019

'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

A number of people wrote to Leo Varadkar during last month’s strike.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Have you been on a hospital waiting list for six months? Here are the government's latest plans

Minister for Health Simon Harris has published a new plan aimed at reducing waiting times for patients.

# simon-harris - Monday 4 March, 2019

Taoiseach on suspicious package: 'Come after us, don't come after our staff or families'

The white powder in the envelope addressed to the Health Minister was confirmed to be non-hazardous.

Dept of Health declared safe after non-hazardous white powder discovery prompts evacuation

Technicians from the Defence Forces have confirmed that the powder was non-hazardous

Harris announces group to examine how to make contraception cheaper

The group will examine the extent to which cost is a barrier to accessing reliable methods of contraception in Ireland.

# simon-harris - Thursday 28 February, 2019

Minister appoints counsellor board that will deal with 'rogue' psychotherapists and crisis pregnancy agencies

The board’s work will take a minimum of two years to complete.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 20 February, 2019

Simon Harris survives motion of no confidence, as Fianna Fáil abstains

The Sinn Féin motion was tabled in response to the controversy surrounding the increasing costs of constructing the National Children’s Hospital.

Upscaling rollout of HPV vaccine could 'eliminate' cervical cancer in some countries, study finds

The disease claims the lives of more than 300,000 women every year.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

Poll: Should the Dáil vote for confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris? This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Dáil vote for confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris?

Fianna Fáil TDs have reportedly been urged by the party whip to attend the vote tomorrow evening.

Health committee chair to vote against Simon Harris in no-confidence motion

“He’s given impression that this is a priority for him,” the Independent Clare TD said.

'Fear and disappointment': Pro-choice groups pen letter of frustration to Health Minister over rural abortion services

Rural service provision for abortions is currently sparse, the groups say, with no GPs signed up to the service in some counties.

# simon-harris - Sunday 17 February, 2019

Protesters gather outside home of Minister for Communications Richard Bruton

Around 10 people demonstrated at the scene this afternoon.

Working group to investigate how to roll out free contraception for Irish women

People with outside expertise will sit on the new group, with a chairperson to be appointed shortly.

# simon-harris - Saturday 16 February, 2019

'I'm happy for the project to continue': Simon Harris rules out re-tendering children's hospital

The Minister was responding to a statement by BAM that suggested it would pull out of the contract if the Government wanted.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

'Stop this contract now': Harris pledges accountability in Dáil debate on hospital cost overrun

Mick Wallace told the Dáil the ultimate cost of the hospital could be in excess of €2.2 billion.

Harris asks HSE to introduce HPV testing 'as soon as possible' as roll out is pushed out due to smear test backlog

Health Minister Simon Harris promised it would be introduced in September last year. This was then pushed out to January 2019.

New children's hospital memos show costs were on the up from summer 2017

The new children’s hospital is currently estimated to cost €1.7 billion.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

No hospital project will be delayed due to children's hospital cost overrun, but 'repairs' will be pushed out

An audit of departmental spending has been undertaken with savings to come from eight departments.

'I sincerely apologise': Harris tells Dáil he should have given further detail on children's hospital costs

Harris is facing a motion of no confidence from Sinn Féin next week.

# simon-harris - Monday 11 February, 2019

Harris says protest outside his family home was 'plain and simple intimidation'

A group of protesters gathered outside Harris’ home in Co Wicklow yesterday afternoon.

'Simon Harris has to go': Sinn Féin to table motion of no confidence in health minister

Harris will apologise for misleading the Dáil this week.

# simon-harris - Sunday 10 February, 2019

Nurses 'strongly condemn' protest outside Simon Harris' home

The anti-government protesters left the scene peacefully after gardaí arrived.

Harris to apologise over children's hospital overrun as Sinn Féin denies wanting to trigger election

Fianna Fáil has said it won’t support a potential no-confidence motion in the health minister.

# simon-harris - Saturday 9 February, 2019

'This campaign has to succeed, it is our time': Tens of thousands march in support of nurses and midwives Strike This post contains videos

'This campaign has to succeed, it is our time': Tens of thousands march in support of nurses and midwives

About 37,000 INMO members are engaging in strike action over pay and staffing levels.

Costs, changes and controversies: The decades-long saga behind the NCH

The controversy over the costs of the project is just the latest in a series of problems to affect the project

Almost 15,000 elderly people were forced to wait over 24 hours in emergency departments last year

The latest figures show there was an increase of nearly 3,000 on the year previous.

# simon-harris - Friday 8 February, 2019

Poll: Should Simon Harris resign over the Children's Hospital cost overrun? What Do You Think This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Simon Harris resign over the Children's Hospital cost overrun?

Harris is being criticised for not briefing members of Cabinet in August, when he was first informed of possible increased costs.

# simon-harris - Thursday 7 February, 2019

'Omnishambles': Call for Harris to be fired over children's hospital overrun but he says he 'behaved appropriately'

Documents show Harris was informed in August that the budget for the hospital could overrun by €391 million.

Government accused of delivering budget 'under false pretences' and knowing of children's hospital overrun Nch

Government accused of delivering budget 'under false pretences' and knowing of children's hospital overrun

Pressure has been mounting on government all week about who knew what when about the hospital costs.

'The law is the law': Rotunda maternity hospital told to offer abortions up to 12 weeks, not 11

Last month, it was reported that the Rotunda would not provide abortions for women at more than 11 weeks’ gestation.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 6 February, 2019

HSE initiates legal proceedings over 'fake' MyOptions unplanned pregnancy website

The health minister said the idea that people would set up a ‘fake’ website is ‘despicable’.

'Father Ted territory': Harris says he was unaware of the NCH cost implications before last year's Budget

Harris maintained his claim that he was not aware of the project’s rising costs until August 2018.

Can Northern Irish women access abortion services here for free? The government is finding out

Women in Northern Ireland can access abortion services here, but it will cost them €450, the Dáil was told yesterday.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 5 February, 2019

'Beggars belief'': Pressure continues to mount on ministers to explain when they knew about children's hospital overspend

Pressure is mounting on the Department of Public Expenditure about its role in project oversight.

# simon-harris - Monday 4 February, 2019

Delivery of new National Children's Hospital 'at the point of no return', Harris says

Minister for Finance Donohoe, told Morning Ireland that the escalating costs of the children’s hospital should have been known earlier.

INMO calls ministers' invite to talk about issues other than pay 'massively disrespectful' and 'cynical'

INMO and PNA members will take part in further industrial action this week.

'Rats out of the HSE': Protesters want external probe into claims abortion details were leaked

The HSE is probing claims that a woman was phoned and harassed by a man who had obtained her personal information.

# simon-harris - Saturday 2 February, 2019

Chairperson of National Children's Hospital project board steps down

Tom Costello has been involved with the project for six years.

Counsellor registration board to be announced, bringing 'rogue' unplanned pregnancy agency regulations one step closer

It could be a number of years before these ‘counsellors’ are outlawed.

# simon-harris - Friday 1 February, 2019

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