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# Stephen Donnelly

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Three years into new abortion laws, Stephen Donnelly says 'ease of access' has not been achieved
The Health Minister has been answering questions in the Oireachtas Health Committee.
An independent chair to lead a review into abortion laws has not yet been named.
The terms of reference for the review have been criticised for being too narrow.
The minister said today there has been a "significant reduction" in people travelling to the UK for terminations.
GP: My patients do not need to see your placards with your value judgements
Three years after the referendum vote, just one in 10 GPs are offering abortion services
Chair of expert ventilation group says Nolan's comment on HEPA filters 'defies laws of physics'
Professor John Wenger said the filters could help schools with poor ventilation.
Donnelly: Suspected cases of Omicron variant identified, new strain 'likely' in Ireland
The health minister also said plans to subsidise antigen tests have been scrapped because prices have dropped in recent weeks.
Expert rapid testing group proposed twice-weekly tests two months before NPHET recommendation
The proposal was discussed by officials at a meeting two months ago.
'Marginal' change in people's behaviour will bring Covid-19 'under control', Nolan says
“The fundamental message here is we need to act,” Professor Philip Nolan said.
Health officials last night confirmed a further 3,633 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
Leo Varadkar said last night the government will reassess the Covid-19 situation in about two weeks time.
"The fundamental message here is we need to act," Nolan said.
CMO Dr Tony Holohan says the 'responsible thing' is not to plan Christmas parties
Coronavirus: 3,633 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with 43 deaths notified in the past week
Antigen tests will be free for schools and close contacts, but not the wider public
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that antigen tests may be subsidised, but not completely paid for, by the State.
Government looks to subsidise cost of antigen tests to help people buy them at a lower price
The minister wants the Government Covid Contingency Fund to cover the costs of rolling out antigen tests nationally.
Taoiseach: Government 'will consider' NPHET's advice about people working from home
NPHET has asked the government to change its advice around a gradual return to workplaces.
Govt expects NPHET to formally advise work-from-home ‘where possible'
Political sources indicate health officials will be sending out a strong message to keep the rate of infection lower.
Donnelly favours ‘urgent sanctions’ for outlets not checking Covid certificates
The Health Minister said venues not complying with the law are putting lives at risk.
FactCheck: Are vaccinated people as likely to transmit Covid-19 as non-vaccinated people?
Did a study show a vaccinated person is every bit as likely to transmit Covid as an unvaccinated person? We test a claim made in the Dáil by Wexford TD Verona Murphy.
A TD made the claim this week, leading to the Minister for Health criticising the spread of 'anti-vax information'
We spoke to the author of the study referenced by the TD, who said the claim was incorrect
The study's results were complex and it's easy to see how messages became mixed around the findings, writes Brianna Parkins
No plan to reintroduce restrictions but Covid figures are 'very concerning', Donnelly says
Public health officials earlier today confirmed 3,726 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
Coronavirus: 3,726 new cases confirmed as Ireland records highest daily figure since January
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed the figure in the Dáil this evening.
Student nurses Dáil protest: 'I know I'm not staying in Ireland - after I'm qualified, I'm gone'
Trade union representatives and opposition TDs said that paying student nurses was about securing the health service.
Booster vaccine programme for over-60s to begin next week
A booster shot will only be given six months after a person received their second dose of the vaccine.
Those aged between 60-69 will get their booster shot at a mass vaccination centre, while GPs will administer the jabs to those aged between 70 to 79.
Booster shots will only be given to a person six months after the date of their second dose of the vaccine.
The Irish Pharmacy Union said the decision to exclude community pharmacies from the campaign is 'illogical'
From snake oil to government policy - the long and winding antigen test debate
Government to send antigen tests to fully vaccinated close contacts
Donnelly: Free contraception scheme for women aged 17-25 will begin in August 2022
The scheme will cost between €18m to €22m.
State could buy 500,000 antigen tests per week as Govt told rapid testing may play 'important role'
Ireland is understood to have two million rapid tests in stock.
Donnelly says he would like to see healthcare workers get the green light for the booster jab
The booster shots for the over 60s will begin ‘imminently’, said the minister.
Pop-up vaccination centres to be extended on college campuses
The pop-up centres were established across 15 higher education sites two weeks ago as part of Vaccination Week.
Donnelly says free contraception for 17-25 year olds 'is just the start'
The health minister said the roll out of such a measure would’ve been ‘unthinkable to do in the past’.
Why are cases high if our vaccine rate is so good? Our proximity to the UK, says Donnelly
No consideration is being given to re-introducing any restrictions, says the minister.
'Over 25s have sex': Criticism of decision to limit free contraception scheme to young women
The roll out of free contraception to women aged between 17 and 25 was announced today.
Free contraception to be made available for young women
Two GP appointments per year relating to contraception will also be free.
Health Minister Donnelly wants new Sláintecare consultants contract agreed ‘within weeks’
Stephen Donnelly repeated his commitment to the Sláintecare programme, which has been hit by high-profile resignations in recent weeks.
Protesters take calls for end to maternity restrictions to gates of Leinster House
More than 100 people gathered to call for partner access to neo natal units to be restored to pre-pandemic levels.
Roll out of free contraception expected to be given green light for Budget 2022
The roll out of free contraception is key promise in the programme for government.
Emergency powers linked to indoor dining extended to January, but Govt says no plans to use them
Provisions in the Health Amendment Act are due to expire on 9 October.
Non-EU doctors in Ireland to get more access to specialist training after pandemic campaign
The move has been hailed as “a very important achievement”.
Families and children of public figures are 'not fair game', says minister
Coveney said he was not sure whether legislation to tackle protests at the homes of politicians would be possible.
Call for new laws as group that protested at Tánaiste's home pledges to target every politician
Both the Tánaiste and Minister for Health were targeted at their homes in recent weeks.
Individuals who organised and attended these protests have pledged to continue with these types of demonstrations on a weekly basis, Michelle Hennessy reports.
The demonstrations have been widely condemned by both government and opposition politicians.
Sláintecare Council to meet Donnelly for first time since resignations
The council is discussing the state of the project with the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.
Donnelly says he will 'prioritise' legislation for safe access zones around health facilities
An exclusion zone would mean protests would not be permitted in the area surrounding a healthcare facility.
What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?
The office in charge of the reforms saw two key departures this week.
Donnelly announces establishment of Ireland's first centre for menopause
The centre will be located at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.
Health minister hopeful of Budget boost for Irish cancer services
Stephen Donnelly said he expected the health service to see an increase in the number of patients presenting with cancer in the coming months.
Teachers not at increased risk of admission to hospital with Covid, study finds
When schools are open, the risk among teachers and other working-age adults is similar, research has shown.
Taoiseach says 'evaluation' into handling of Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland will be carried out
However, he said it’s his “preference that we manage the pandemic first with all hands on deck”.
Sinn Féin TD calls on Oireachtas Committee to investigate HSE procurement of ventilators
The HSE has been criticised in an audit report about its procurement of the ventilators at the beginning of Covid-19.
Stephen Donnelly says he was 'concerned' at footage of crowds after GAA hurling final
He urged those in attendance who were “too close to people for too long” to go and get tested.
NIAC has advised that Covid-19 vaccines can be mixed in some cases, Donnelly says
The Minister also said NIAC has advised that booster shots be given around the same time as the flu shot.