The St Vincent de Paul Society has been in Ireland since 1844 when it became very active during the Great Famine. Today, it has 9,500 volunteers in over 1,000 Conferences across the State.

President Michael D Higgins has lavished praise on the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Ireland over the past 170 years. He was speaki(...)

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 Megan Addie Douglas, Oaklands Community College, Offaly, with her project, Do Wind Turbines Affect People, Animals, or the Environment? at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition at the RDS today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Judging in the 50th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition gets under way today as almost 1,200 students aged from 12 to 18 descend on the RDS. (...)

 Sir Sabaratnam Arulkatumaran , chairperson, at the publication of the Health Service Executive (HSE) clinical review report into the death of Savita Halappanavar on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

The HSE Inquiry on Savita Halappanavar’s death chaired by Prof Sir Arulkumaran highlights a disastrous cascade of failures at Galway University Hospit(...)

Stephanie Gray from Stepaside and Maria Gonzalez from Dublin at an anti-abortion demonstration in Dublin last January.  Photograph: Alan Betson

At the close of the rushed abortion hearings, Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White noted the “high level of consensus”. He (...)

Dr Peter Boylan, former master of the National Maternity Hospital: estimated there were some 60 terminations in hospitals in the State annually. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Provisions in abortion legislation that a woman could face up to 14 years in prison if she has a termination in Ireland do (...)

Obstetrician Dr Peter Boylan pictured during the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway Coroners’ Court. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Obstetrician Prof Peter Boylan has described a letter published in The Irish Times today as a “direct attack on my professional opinion”. (...)

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The Medical Council was criticised by some candidates for extending voting by 10 days on the day the polls were due to close. Photograph: David Sleator

Six new members have been elected to the Medical Council, the organisation has announced. The doctors were voted in by fellow medics from a fie(...)