A Galway fertility doctor who clipped both of a woman’s fallopian tubes when he had consent to clip one has said he faced an “ethical dilemma” when wo(...)

Commander Liam Brett joined the Naval Service in 1946. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service Liam Brett has died. Commodore Brett played a pivotal role in the expansion of the service in the 197(...)

Colm Rapple worked for the Irish Press and Independent Newspapers throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Colm Rapple, the economist and financial journalist, has died following a short illness. Mr Rapple worked for the Irish Press and Independent Newspape(...)

It may be difficult today to appreciate in full the achievement of Prof Sean Blake, who has died aged 88 after a long illness, but in his time – the 1(...)

 Fine Gael TD Jim Daly:  “That is how society taught that young woman and her extended family to react to probably one of the greatest and most exciting and brilliant times in people’s lives, when they discover they are pregnant and will create a life.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cork South West Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said he was “haunted” by the story of a woman who had carried a sack of potatoes on her back in an attempt to en(...)

Historian Catherine Corless says minutes of a 1979 Galway County Council meeting refer to a “children’s burial ground”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Government’s mother- and-baby home commission of inquiry must ensure that families of victims are involved in all aspects of its work, a leading h(...)

Cork City Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane noted that Cork University Hospital did not appear to have any protocols regarding patients being allowed retain medications that may have been prescribed elsewhere. Photograph: Getty Images

The issue of checking patients for medication that they might bring with them when admitted to hospital has been highlighted by a coroner at the inque(...)

‘The Tuam Home was, according to the Ryan Report, established in 1925 by the local county council. The council, presumably moved by similar benevolent motives, invited in the Bon Secours Sisters to run it.’ Above, the site of a grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Unwed mothers and their infants were an affront to morality. They were spurned and ostracised both by the public relief and charitable institutions.”(...)

An infant’s  shoes are held up at  a march of 300 people from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on Mespil Road to Government Buildings to protest about the death of babies at the Tuam mother-and-baby home.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 80 per cent of the 796 children who died in the Bon Secours mother and baby home in Tuam did not live to see their first birthday. Figur(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan said the matter of vaccine trials on children in the homes may be included in the investigation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The commission of inquiry into mother and baby homes will be fully operational by the end of next month and probably chaired by a non-legal figure, M(...)