Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Stephen Donnelly

Last year
# cabinet sign-off
Vaping product ads to be banned on public transport under new law
The sale of e-cigarettes at events where children are present will also be prohibited.
# Children's Hospital
Taoiseach tours National Children's Hospital as construction reaches 80% completion
The hospital should be fully operational by the end of 2024.
# long covid
Mater Hospital confirms Long Covid Clinic is set to close in December due to a lack of funding
However, a spokesperson for the hospital said it is willing to extend the operation of the Long Covid clinic into the new year.
# safe access zones
Gardaí outline concerns about abortion safe access zone law
Gardaí have said it has a number of concerns from a policing perspective about the legislation around exclusion zones.
# Respiratory Syncytial virus
Children's emergency departments experiencing 'significant rise' in respiratory virus illness
The health minister says a rise in RSV cases tends to occur at this time each year.
# the needle has landed
HSE launches winter vaccination programme with flu and Covid-19 jabs
The HSE is inviting eligible groups to get their flu jab and their Covid-19 booster.
# budget 2023
Cariban: Drug to help women who suffer severe pregnancy sickness to be available by January
Cariban is prescribed and available in the Coombe, Rotunda and Holles Street maternity hospitals and has been for many years.
# vaccine rollout
New Omicron-specific vaccines to be rolled out as boosters from next month, Health Minister says
Anyone who is eligible for both a flu vaccine and a Covid booster vaccine can receive them at the same time from next month.
# Navan
Hundreds take part in protest against plans to close emergency department at Navan hospital
Organiser Peader Toíbín has called on ‘political establishment to realise how important this issue is’.
# Healthcare
Free contraception scheme for women aged 17 to 25 begins today
The National Women’s Council has welcomed the move but said it’s ‘crucial’ that the age bracket is widened.
# Rental Property
Donnelly says he doesn't believe his failure to renew RTB registration warrants his resignation
Donnelly admitted yesterday that he failed to renew a rental property with the RTB for three years.
# rtb
Stephen Donnelly admits he failed to renew rental property with RTB for three years
The long-term tenancy, which was first registered in 2011, was not renewed in 2019.
# Navan Hospital
Closure of Navan A&E is 'built into' HSE's 'fresh look' review, say local TDs
A working group review into the planned closure of ED services at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan should be completed in a few weeks.
A review group tasked to give a fresh look at the planned closure of the emergency department will be completed in "a few weeks".
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly asked the HSE to carry out a review of capacity levels in light of a number of concerns being raised.
However, opposition TDs have hit out against the wording of the terms of reference in which the review group is operating.
'Drogheda is under pressure': Taoiseach urges caution over Navan ED closure
On-call GP service 'majorly concerned' over plans to require referrals for patients to Navan
Fianna Fáil TD calls for Robert Watt to be made boss of the HSE and the Dept of Health
Barry Cowen believes it is time to share leadership between the two bodies.
# Moving On
Paul Reid to step down as HSE CEO in October - two months earlier than expected
Reid was due to stay in the role until December.
# monkeypox
Government called on to implement 'robust strategy' to tackle monkeypox
“As cases slowly climb,” Senator Jerry Buttimer says “it is crucial that we are preventative in our actions”.
# vaccination programme
Changes announced to COVID vaccination programme, including second booster for 50-64 year-olds
The Department of Health and the HSE will now work to operationalise these updates.
# free contraception
Free contraception for women aged 17 to 25 to be rolled out by September
President Michael D Higgins signed the measures into law today.
# Under Pressure
University Hospital Galway warn of 'severe' overcrowding a week after CMO alerted Donnelly
“This level of overcrowding in Galway and across the country in the middle of July is not normal,” the INMO said.
# Women's Health
Health Minister says testimony included in HSE abortion report is 'heartbreaking'
The research found that current abortion legislation does not meet the needs of those seeking termination for foetal anomalies.
# job vacancy
'Remuneration is significant': No appetite in Govt to increase €420k salary for next HSE boss
Questions have been raised about whether tensions between the HSE and Department of Health played a part in Paul Reid’s decision to step down.
# Emergency care
HSE chief says Navan Hospital plan will proceed despite Minister's instruction
Last week the Health Minister said he was not satisfied with the plan.
# hiqa report
HSE unit deployed to Limerick hospital to address ‘chronic’ overcrowding'
A performance management improvement unit of the HSE is to “engage urgently” with University Hospital Limerick.
# Meath
Government to oppose SF motion on emergency department closure at Navan Hospital
A Government countermotion has been tabled as health and justice minister seek clarity from HSE.
Tánaiste says Government has not sanctioned the closure of Navan emergency department
The Health Minister said several issues must be addressed before any transition can take place, including capacity at other hospitals.
# Dentists
Nation's oral health at risk as children not seeing a dentist until their teens
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said not everyone is getting the high-quality dental care they deserve.
# Cystic Fibrosis
'Intensive work' ongoing to give 35 children with Cystic Fibrosis access to life-changing drug
Donnelly said it is important to him ‘that children get access to the drug that they need’.
# camhs
HSE confirms 11 bed closures at Dublin CAMHS unit
Sinn Féin’s Mental Health spokesperson says the closures “will create nothing short of a crisis for child and adolescent services in the Dublin region”.
Catchup programme for HPV vaccine receives approval
It will be available to women up to the age of 25 years who have left secondary school and who did not receive it previously.
# big in turkey
Donnelly denies paying for retweets after hundreds of accounts share Twitter video
The minister and his Department said they did not pay for promotion of the tweet.
# cervical screening
Cervical check samples are still being screened abroad following December's cyberattack
A cyber-attack on The Coombe at the end of last year resulted in the hospital losing its IT connectivity with CervicalCheck.
# Health
Fewer than one in three patients admitted to wards within HSE target of six hours
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly launched the survey’s results today.
# Health
'A tenner a year lease': Martin says maternity hospital will effectively be in public ownership
Yesterday Cabinet delayed a final decision on the future of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) amid ongoing controversy over the project.
The Oireachtas Health Committee is set to interrogate the plans before the matter goes back to Cabinet in two weeks' time.
Minister Catherine Martin has described this as "a valuable process".
Minister Simon Harris says there was agreement across the three government parties, and all genders, to delay a decision.
'All lawfully permitted procedures', including abortion, to be allowed in new NMH, minister says
What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?
# Overcrowding
INMO warns of 'real problem along western seaboard' with record-breaking overcrowding
There was record-breaking overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick in April.
# Women's Health
Stephen Donnelly confirms opening of two additional specialist menopause clinics
A total of six menopause clinics will be rolled out nationwide this year.
# Cabinet
Cabinet to discuss scrapping hospital charges for under 16s
The Government plans to abolish charges for overnight stays as well as fees for day cases.
# Maura Quinn
Maura Quinn to head up review of Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment to Trinity
Quinn is the the outgoing Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors.
# recognition payment
Frontline workers' pandemic payment to be paid 'as soon as possible' after guidelines finalised
The payment is being made to public service healthcare and ambulance workers, in recognition of their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
# botched appointment
Donnelly orders external review into Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment at Trinity College
The Health Minister said he ordered the review “to examine learnings and recommendations that could inform future such initiatives”.
# CMO's department move
Watt report says it is normal practice for minister not to receive details of every secondment
Dr Holohan says he will not be proceeding with the TCD role as a Professor of Public Health Strategy and Leadership.