Prof Robert Harrison, who resigned as chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians after ‘The Irish Times’ published details of correspondence to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Institute of Obstetricians has withdrawn a controversial letter questioning the appointment of two women who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital to(...)

Walls Construction completed €50 million worth of private hospital work for the Mater and Blackrock in Dublin

PJ Walls has spun off its profitable building business from its indebted holding company in a €10 million-plus deal partially backed by some of its s(...)

Walls Construction managing director Eugene O’Shea said the company was working on a number of flagship projects currently

Irish construction firm Walls has been acquired by a new holding company controlled by the existing management team and private investors, managing di(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: said the executive “accepts” and was committed to implementing all eight recommendations made in a highly critical Hiqa report.  Photograph: David Sleator.

The Health Service Executive has said it is satisfied that current maternity services at Portlaoise hospital are “very safe”. HSE director gene(...)

Michael Kivlehan with his late wife Dhara, who died after giving birth to their first child Dior at Sligo Regional Hospital.

Two men whose wives died in childbirth at Sligo Regional Hospital are due to meet with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Monday. Michael Kivlehan an(...)

 Michael Kivlehan husband of Dhara Kivlehan, who died after having a baby at Sligo Reional  Hospital: “If I am out with the children shopping or having a meal I am often approached by people asking me questions – they are worried [about having a baby in Sligo Regional Hospital].”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two men whose wives died in childbirth at Sligo Regional Hospital are to meet with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Monday.Welcoming the invitation(...)

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger  referred to the court hearing on turning off the life support machine for a clinically dead pregnant woman at Christmas.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has again ruled out holding a referendum to reverse the eight amendment to the Constitution on the right to life of the unborn(...)

John Rogers SC, for the woman’s father, argued the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which sets down the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn, was not applicable to this case. Photograph: Frank Miller

The High Court has been told it would be “grotesque” to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support given the chances of the baby being born aliv(...)

Sean Rowlette arriving at Sligo Court for the inquest into the death of his wife Sally Rowlette. Photograph: James Connolly

A jury has returned a verdict of death by medical misadventure in the case of Sally Rowlette who died in Sligo Regional Hospital on February 5th last (...)

 Seán with his children Leanne (9), Sally jnr (20 months), Joseph (4) and Abbie (7). “I am conscious that her inquest starts in December, when the children will be getting excited about Christmas, but the waiting is really hard and I don’t want anyone to delay it further now.”

On the day Dhara Kivlehan’s inquest began in Carrick-on-Shannon, Seán Rowlette, who was by Michael Kivlehan’s side, got the news he had been waiting 1(...)