Stephen and Catherina McGarry. Photograph:

The Coombe hospital has apologised to a Dublin couple over the death of their baby in a botched delivery more than two decades ago. The hospital admit(...)

Former master of the Coombe women’s hospital Dr Chris Fitzpatrick said critical strategic decisions made at the highest levels of political authority about funding have had a significant impact on clinical outcomes. PHotograph:  Garrett White / Collins

Politicians abandoned staff working in maternity units and ignored problems in the sector for years, the Oireachtas health committee has been told. Fo(...)

Former Coombe master Dr Chris Fitzpatrick confirmed a report was sent to the HSE and the Department of Health ‘at the highest level’ under the auspices of the HSE’s clinical programme in obstetrics. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Senior managers in the HSE and Department of Health were alerted to “critical clinical risks” at Portlaoise hospital four years ago, but failed to res(...)

Isabela Speedon, a medical assistant, puts clean sheets on an examining table at the Whole Woman’s abortion clinic in McAllen, Texas. Photograph: Delcia Lopez/The New York Times

The procedure in place for a pregnant woman at risk of suicide to obtain a legal termination under the recent abortion legislation could further damag(...)

How it looked: St Teresa’s Gardens in 2009. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ann Fahy has been living in St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin 8 for 19 years. “I am from here originally. I was reared in the flats, but then I moved out (...)