The HSE review says women are twice as likely as men to be the victim of alleged elder abuse, while referral rates for women increases with age.

Most alleged abuse is perpetrated by a family member, with children accounting for 45% of cases

Former minister for justice Ray Burke arriving at the Mahon tribunal at Dublin Castle in 2006. The tribunal has paid legal fees to builders Tom Brennan and Joseph McGowan, who it found made corrupt payments to Burke. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Biggest payment made by department since start of last year was €1.7m to engineering firm lawyers

Consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr Declan Egan, who practises at University Hospital Galway and runs the Galway Fertility Unit in Rahoon, faces an allegation of poor professional performance.

Gynaecologist faces allegation of poor professional performance at Medical Council

Dr Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Number of people over 85 years will have doubled by 2025, according to Social Justice Ireland

Almost 17 per cent of GP graduates are already working overseas and fewer than one in five of this group plans to return to Ireland.

Uncertainty over role of family doctor in healthcare is a factor driving emigration

Stories of young doctors taking up plum postings in Australia or Canada abound within the profession.

Medical Council says five years of data needed before trend is identified

A Medical Council report has found that the proportion of younger graduates of Irish medical schools appears leaving the State is on the rise.

Medical Council report finds sharp rise in ‘brain drain’ among newly qualified graduates

The site of the proposed national children’s hospital, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sale of hospitals at Crumlin, Temple Street or Tallaght could raise millions of euro to offset cost of new project, estimated at(...)

Savita Halappanavar (31),  who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of sepsis in University Hospital Galway in October 2012 following a miscarriage. A subsequent Hiqa report  said staff failed to recognise and act upon signs of her clinical deterioration in a timely and appropriate manner.

Promised guidelines on circumstances in which pregnancies can be terminated yet to be published

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