Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway: Measures were introduced after the detection of seven cases in which babies died or were seriously injured

Department of Health expressed concern about maternity safety at Portiuncula

Warren and Lorraine Reilly from Loughrea who lost two  children while attending Portiuncla Hospital. Photograph: Andrew Downes

HSE resisted issuing apologies to families over troublesome births, documents reveal

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In February the inquiry into the hospital was expanded to cover at least 12 cases

Undated photographs of Gerry Feeney, supplied by his family

Minister has contacted Beaumont Hospital chairwoman Ann Fitzgerald about the case

Independent midwife Philomena Canning (centre) has been reinstated by the Health Service Executive to assist in home births. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Solicitors for HSE say ‘necessary foundation’ no longer exists for temporary suspension

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘proposing something of a halfway house’ for legislation on assisted human reproduction. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Analysis: obvious focus of disagreement is plan to legislate for surrogacy

Aviva is promoting GP consultations for their members via smartphone while the VHI has teamed up with an online service through which customers can get prescriptions. Photograph: Getty Images

IMO calls on Government to stop health insurers offering GP services by Skype

Clinics fear the Children and Family Relationships Bill, which proposes to create a national register of sperm and egg donors, will lead to a reduction in donations and encourage more couples with fertility issues to seek help abroad. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Fertility clinics fear Children and Family Relationships Bill will lead to reduction in donations

Breast cancer survivor Teresa Doran, Mullingar calls for an extension of the screening programme at Leinster House in 2014. The only breast cancer surgeon at Letterkenny General Hospital says the Saolta University Hospitals Group want to close the service down and centralise it in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Donegal cancer surgeon Michael Sugrue raises concerns over lack of resources

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