Minister and HSE says audit showing excessive spending is still draft

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Leopardstown races. Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farme

Varadkar urged consumers to get covered before age-related levy in May

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said it would continue its campaign until the registration fee was reduced to last year’s level of €100. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Union members hold protests against increase and say they will continue campaign

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

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