Dear Minister, Why can’t we get the prisons right? It’s not such a big job. A few years ago, we had less than 500 prisoners; even today it’s not much (...)

Joe Conway, originally from Portlaoise, is director of print and electronic media at Houston Community College: “You pick up a lot of skills working as a journalist”

Plenty of people have run away from Ireland over the years. None more so than Joe Conway, who took to his heels and left the country in 1987 to take u(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Frank Dolphin,  chairman of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group,  during a visit to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.  Mr Varadkar said that four medical staff from the hospital have been referred for possible disciplinary action arising from the deaths of a number of babies in recent years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Four medical personnel from Portlaoise hospital have been referred for possible disciplinary action arising from the deaths of a number of babies in r(...)

Roisin and Mark Molloy, whose son died just minutes after he was born at Midlands Regional  Hospital in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The father of a baby who died in Portlaoise hospital says HSE management must take responsibility for the deaths instead of seeking to prevent the pu(...)

The Prison Officers’ Association claims its members are being put at risk. Above, Mountjoy Prison Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Decisions taken by management at the Irish Prison Service (IPS) have contributed to situations where staff members are being placed in danger, accordi(...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, who held a meeting in Cork to gauge people’s thoughts on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Fine Gael party sources report that the Government will focus on  ‘middle Ireland’ outside Dublin during the  referendum campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s campaign in the same-sex marriage referendum will target so-called middle Ireland voters outside Dublin who are seen as key to ensuring th(...)

Amy Delahunt was discharged from Portlaoise hospital despite presenting with reduced foetal movements and having recorded an abnormal cardiotacography (CTG). Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The inquest into the death of baby Mary-Kate Delahunt opens in Limerick on Tuesday.In March last year Amy Delahunt and Oliver Kelly spoke about discov(...)

The jury has begun deliberating in the trial of the Laois man charged with murdering Aoife Phelan, having been told to ignore the desecration of her b(...)

Retired consultant surgeon who worked with the doctor said he was “deficient in many areas” and did not have the “basic medical knowledge even a medical student should know”.

A nurse who prevented a doctor from allegedly trying to use a scalpel to put a tube into a patient’s hand told a Medical Council fitness-to-practise i(...)

A doctor facing 12 allegations of professional misconduct did not know that a pulse rate of 165 was high, a nurse who worked with him told a Medical C(...)