18th May 2015
Northern Ireland’s new Health Minister vows to be ‘guided by science’ on gay blood ban
7:01 PM — Northern Ireland's new Health Minister has vowed to be "guided by science" on the gay blood ban - which his predecessors refused to lift with no evidence to support them.
5th February 2015
Northern Irish Department of Health has no evidence to support gay blood ban 10
6:08 PM — The Northern Irish Department of Health has said it does not have any evidence to back up maintaining a lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.
21st January 2015
Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells backs gay blood ban 91
1:04 PM — Northern Ireland's new Health Minister Jim Wells has said he supports the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.
19th January 2015
Northern Ireland: Government spent £40,000 defending gay blood ban 7
2:57 PM — The Northern Irish government spent over £40,000 defending a decision to keep a permanent ban on gay men donating blood.
8th January 2015
Judge rules Edwin Poots’ gay blood ban ‘biased’ 27
3:54 PM — A judge in Nothern Ireland has ruled that the former Health Minister Edwin Poots' decision to uphold a ban on gay men giving blood was the result of religious bias.
2nd October 2014
Northern Ireland: Judge to decide if Edwin Poots showed religious bias in gay blood ban 7
2:59 PM — A High Court judge is to decide whether former Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots showed religious bias after repeatedly refusing to end the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood.
24th September 2014
Northern Ireland: Health minister who claimed gay couples shouldn’t adopt children sacked in reshuffle 9
1:16 PM — Northern Irish health minister Edwin Poots, who was branded a "disgrace" after he refused to lift the country's blanket ban on gay men donating blood, has been sacked in a reshuffle.
11th September 2014
Northern Ireland: Top judge blasts ministers over lifetime gay blood ban row 5
10:49 AM — Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers have clashed in a row over a court judgement about the province's lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.
6th June 2014
Catholics who oppose gay marriage should vote DUP, says Health Minister 44
1:37 PM — Edwin Poots says his party’s opposition to same-sex marriage makes it a good choice for social conservative Catholics.
11th April 2014
Jeremy Hunt ‘absolutely’ wants Northern Ireland to lift lifetime gay blood ban 1
1:25 PM — The Health Secretary "absolutely wanted" Northern Ireland to lift its lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood, his spokeswoman says.
8th April 2014
Jeremy Hunt: Lifting the lifetime gay blood ban is a matter for Northern Ireland 5
11:43 AM — Lifting Northern Ireland’s lifetime ban on gay men giving blood is a matter for the province, UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated.
7th April 2014
Alliance Party: Northern Ireland Health Minister is a disgrace for wasting public money on a homophobic blood ban 4
3:20 PM — Northern Ireland’s Alliance Party has slammed Health Minister Edwin Poots for continuing his "crusade" against lifting a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in the province.
Andy Burnham: Why is Jeremy Hunt supporting a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland? 10
11:41 AM — Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has called on UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to explain his position on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland.
28th November 2013
Northern Ireland: LGBT activists stage rainbow protest during Health Minister’s visit 5
6:59 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots had his visit to a Derry hospital briefly eclipsed by the sight of a rainbow flag, held in protest over his anti-gay views.
21st November 2013
Green leader slams Northern Ireland Health Minister’s views against gay parents 7
7:26 PM — Steven Agnew, the leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland has criticised the country’s Health Minster, Edwin Poots, for his opposition to same-sex parents.
15th November 2013
Tribunal rules Northern Ireland Health Minister’s blood ban advice can remain secret 13
12:53 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has won the right to withhold the legal reasons for enforcing a lifetime ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the province.
14th November 2013
Comment: Northern Ireland’s Health Minister will only be remembered for homophobia 8
4:23 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Levi Greene says Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Edwin Poots, is an example of someone with "distasteful views" being in a position of power.
13th November 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister: The ‘natural order’ for having a child is a man and a woman 14
10:37 AM — Edwin Poots has said that while he does not regard being gay as an abomination, he believes the "natural order" for having a child is strictly between a man and a woman.
6th November 2013
Northern Ireland Assembly calls on Edwin Poots to end blood ban, or resign 5
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots should resign if he is unable to end the ban on gay men giving blood, the country’s Assembly has warned.
25th October 2013
Northern Ireland DUP politician tells children homosexuality is ‘an abomination’ 69
6:16 PM — A Northern Ireland DUP Assembly Member has told children at a school that homosexuality is “an abomination”.