Court: “I believe that little was to be gained by prosecuting the young woman [who took abortion pills]  in Northern Ireland”

A young woman called Jade Rees died by suicide recently in Britain. In her suicide note, she made reference to not being able to cope with her recent (...)

Master of the Rotunda Hospital Sam Coulter-Smith: said issues around abortion legislation were complex but the legislation ‘doesn’t help the situation’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The absence of a gestational age limit in the State’s current abortion legislation creates a challenge for doctors, the master of the Rotunda Hospita(...)

Sam Coulter Smith, master of the Rotunda. “We are still seeing good quality people but they are not coming back in the same numbers. There isn’t the same level of competition for jobs as there might have been in years gone by.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The medical brain drain is leading to a “dumbing-down” in the quality of doctors in Ireland, the master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin has warne(...)

Dr Sam Coulter-Smith said standalone maternity units should be a thing of the past. Photograph: Getty Images

The master of Dublin’s oldest maternity hospital has attacked “sensationalist” and “out of context” reporting of high profile birth cases which served(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The release yesterday of the first report by the Health Service Executive on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was a deliberately low-key af(...)

Thousands gather to demand legislation on abortion after the death of Savita Halappanavar at Merrion Square, Dublin at the weekend in 2012. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s abortion regime “violates the human rights of women and girls” here, a report from Amnesty International says. The report, “She Is Not A Cri(...)

Even one glass of wine or small measure of spirits can influence the behaviour of the foetus in the womb

Even one glass of wine can stop the foetus moving and breathing in the womb for up to two hours, an expert has warned. Professor Peter Hepper from Que(...)

The Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: David Sleator

Officials in Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s department are working on proposals that could see the historic Rotunda Hospital move to a new locatio(...)

The Cassidy family pictured at the Rotunda Hospital: parents Kevin and Veronica with their quintuplets Conor, Amy, Cian Rory and Dearbháil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Multiple pregnancies are tricky, says current Master of Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital Sam Coulter-Smith.“Generally speaking, triplets getting to 32 weeks (...)

Savita Halappanavar died in Galway University Hospital in October 2012.

The master of the Rotunda Hospital, Dr Sam Coulter Smith, has criticised inaction over implementing the recommendations of reports into the death of (...)