India-born Dhara Kivlehan (left, with husband Michael Kivlehan), was 29 when she died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after being transferred by helicopter from Sligo. She had developed HELLP, a severe form of pre-eclampsia.

The husband of young woman who died in September 2010 eight days after giving birth at Sligo Regional Hospital today interrupted an inquest into her d(...)

The shocking death of Savita Halappanavar forced Irish gynaecologists and obstetricians to go public about the fact that the abortion ban in the Constitution, and the failure of successive governments to legislate for abortion as required by the X-case judgment, had left doctors in a legislative no-man’s-land

When I had my baby in 1983, one of the brilliant nurses in the maternity hospital came along three days later and sat on the side of my bed. “Now,” sh(...)

Savita Halappanavar: Professor John Bonnar’s view that if she had received proper care her baby could have been delivered by the Tuesday has been vindicated.

It is hard not to be cynical about the way in which the narrative about Savita Halappanavar has changed, given that abortion legislation has been safe(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly: “We need to change the way we’re working and that’s a much broader issue than the tragic case.”

Inadequate staffing levels in maternity units cannot “explain away” the failure to provide basic care to Savita Halappanavar, Minister for Health Jame(...)

 Dr Peter Boylan: At the inquest in April, the clinical director of the National Maternity Hospital argued that Ms Halappanavar would be alive today if she had been given the termination she asked for.

So, after three inquiries, are we any wiser? Do we know why Savita Halappanavar died? And what does her death tell us about the wider state of materni(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly: required to publish a yearly report setting out the number of terminations that have been carried out under the terms of the Protection of Life During PregnancyAct. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish TImes

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act has not yet been commenced and “operational issues” must be addressed before it is, the Department of H(...)

The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street is one of 25 hospitals in the State authorised to carry out terminations under the provisions of the Act.

On August 23rd, the HSE confirmed that the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act, signed into law by the President on July 30th, 2013, had not ye(...)

 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(...)

Savita Halappanavar: died at Galway University Hospital in October 2013.

Sunday October 21st:AM: Savita Halappanavar – 17 weeks pregnant – experiences back pain at her home and attends Galway University Hospital. Doctors wo(...)

Babies are delivered at the rate of one for every hour of the day.

The news that the National Maternity Hospital is to move to a new home at St Vincent’s hospital marks the beginning of the end of an era in Irish mate(...)