File photo  of a prostitute talking to a driver. Photograph: PA Wire

New legislation on sexual offences criminalises paying for sex with prostitutes, but ensures the person offering sexual services is not guilty of a cr(...)

File photograph of Portlaoise hospital. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) said a Hiqa report on the hospital highlighted the ‘critical importance’ of a properly resourced health service. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The underfunding of frontline hospital services is undermining the safety and quality of acute care, according to a hospital consultants group.The Iri(...)

Catherine McGowan (centre with her baby Sophie) with Jacqueline Healy (left) and Elva O’Callaghan from the National Women’s Council of Ireland protesting against maternity benefits outside the Dáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A small group of women and babies protested in pouring rain outside Leinster House today at the €32 cut to maternity benefit which will come into forc(...)

Niall Behan of the IFPA said the Irish health system was “turning its back” on people who needed care. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The death of a woman in London hours after she had had an abortion was the consequence of the Irish health system “turning its back on women who need (...)