Health Minister

  • The Health Minister says the passing of the abortion legislation is a "significant step" towards a "new era for Irish women".

    The legislation passed by 90 votes to 15 in the Dail last night with 12 abstentions - and now goes to the Seanad for final approval.

    The government's hopeful that can happen next week so termination services can begin in January.

    Medical guidelines for doctors are now being prepared - but Health Minister Simon Harris says it's important no woman is turned away by a GP.

  • The Minister for Health Simon Harris and the Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly have both agreed to meet a delegation to discuss the future of the Rosalie Home in Castlerea.

    That’s according to Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins, who has spoken with both ministers, and says they have agreed to meet a delegation.

    Senator Hopkins is currently arranging the meeting, which would also include HSE management.

    In addition, she says Minister Jim Daly will visit the Rosalie Unit at the end of this month, where he will meet with residents, family members and healthcare professionals.

    Up to 300 people attended a public meeting in Castlerea last Thursday night amid concerns that the Rosalie unit may close, as the HSE says it is not part of their plans going forward.