Anti-abortion protesters outside the Dáil  as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill were being voted on in 2013. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some types of equality are more equal than others. The Marriage Referendum was scarcely over before Amnesty International began immediately campaignin(...)

Maternity hospitals dealt with a total of 67 “extreme” incidents last year which led to permanent incapacity or death, according to figures released by the State Claims Agency

Maternity hospitals dealt with a total of 67 “extreme” incidents last year which led to permanent incapacity or death, according to figures released b(...)

‘Recent history bears out the cruel injustice and human cost of the current law. Irish people, and people all over the world, were shocked by the death of Savita Halappanavar in a Galway hospital in 2012.’ Above, a protest outside the Dáil about abortion legislation following the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES 2:37

A few months before the marriage equality referendum, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that a Yes vote would “send out a powerful message of an Ireland that (...)

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 2:37

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I do not believe in abortion on demand, but there are very sensitive stories in respect of fatal foetal abnormalities and other issues.’ Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has firmly ruled out a referendum repealing the controversial 1983 constitutional amendment on the equal right to life of the (...)

Savita Halappanavar, whose death lead to calls for a new maternity strategy. Obstetricians have queried the presence of two women who lost children at Portlaoise hospital in a steering group for developing this strategy.

Obstetricians have questioned the presence on a national maternity steering group of two women who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital.One member of t(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar during a visit to Portlaoise hospital last week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than a week after the publication of a highly critical report on maternity services at Portlaoise hospital, there has been much outpouring of (...)

The announcement of a fourth baby death in the space of 30 months at Cavan General Hospital is worrying. Coming on top of the profoundly shocking Heal(...)

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(...)

The HSE failed to take decisive action on defining the role of the hospital and to resource it sufficiently. For example, up to last July, the 24/7 emergency department had an emergency medicine consultant on site for only six hours, four days a week. Photograph: Getty Images

An independent patient safety service should be established within a year, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) report on (...)