My birth story in a sentence: I wasn’t pushed about giving birth. When I was told that I was going to have a caesarean section I was relieved. Too pos(...)

Once again our citizens are showing our timorous political class the way forward. Although there are opponents of abortion who have long been clamouri(...)

Savita Halappanavar: reports critical of the care provided to her by  staff  at University Hospital Galway have been forwarded to the Nursing and Midwifery Board and the Medical Council

Fitness-to-practise hearings into complaints about nurses will be heard in public for the first time later this month, three years after the legislat(...)

Consultant obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury: the   review concluded that  her  management of patients was in keeping with the standard of care expected. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No safety or quality issues arose after a review of some of the work of the obstetrician who treated Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galwa(...)

Savita Halappanavar: more staff training in detection of sepsis since her death

Only one of the State’s 39 hospitals ranked “excellent” for its implementation of recommendations made on foot of the death of Savita Halappanavar, a(...)

Savita Halappanavar:  died at University Hospital Galway on October 28th, 2012. Photograph: The Irish Times

A number of staff who were involved in the care of Savita Halappanavar before her death at University Hospital Galway have been disciplined, the hospi(...)

Former  president Mary McAleese: “The church is not terribly happy with criticism”

Speaking in Sydney yesterday, former president Mary McAleese argued for a greatly increased role for women in the Catholic Church, saying: “The old bo(...)

Alison Begas: says the London-based Abortion Support Network is the only  funding resource of which  she knows.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The chief executive of a Dublin crisis pregnancy support service has said she is not aware of any State financial aid available to help low-income wo(...)

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, enacted following the death of Savita Halappanavar, was meant to bring to an end the agonising about Ire(...)

Savita Halappanavar (31),  who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of sepsis in University Hospital Galway in October 2012 following a miscarriage. A subsequent Hiqa report  said staff failed to recognise and act upon signs of her clinical deterioration in a timely and appropriate manner.

Advice to hospitals on the management of pregnant women with suspected sepsis has been updated in the light of the lessons learned from the death of(...)