Warren and Lorraine Reilly from Loughrea who lost two  children while attending Portiuncla Hospital. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Senior management at the Department of Health and the HSE differed sharply on the seriousness of problem births identified at Portiuncula Hospital, do(...)

There were 38 maternal deaths between 2009 and 2012, a Maternal Death Enquiry report says.Photograph: Thinkstock

A slew of high-profile controversies involving the health of pregnant patients has caused concern about standards of maternity care in the State. The (...)

There was a 22 per cent rise in the number of maternal deaths in 2010-2012, according to the second report of the Confidential Maternal Death Enquiry. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The number of maternal deaths in Ireland has risen sharply, and the pregnancy-related death rate is now higher than in the UK, according to a new rep(...)

Galway East Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has called for an investigation into the leaking. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians in east Galway have expressed dismay at the leaking of a report into “apparent deficiencies” in maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital(...)

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway: ironically, some lessons were learned there from previous crises.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The problems revealed at Portiuncula Hospital are only the latest in a series of controversies over standards in maternity units to emerge in recent y(...)

Councillor Catherine Connolly questioned why an “accountancy firm” had been hired to “review hospital procedures”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

A former mayor of Galway has said that she is “aghast” at the identification of “apparent deficiencies” in the care of seven babies at the maternity u(...)

A candlelight vigil in remembrance of Savita Halappanavar was held at the gates of St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin late last year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

New facilities for women who suffer loss in pregnancy are to be provided on the ward where Savita Halappanavar stayed before her death in University H(...)

The men of our parliament have it in their hands to make 2015 the year Ireland stood up for all of its women. Photograph: Getty Images

It might not seem like it at the moment, but good things have actually happened to some women in the world this year. There were massive reductions on(...)

Hard cases make bad law. But hard cases also test bad law and expose contradictions and lacunae, and it seems that Ireland has a bewildering propensit(...)

A staff member (seated) at Áras Attracta kicks resident Ivy McGinty on Tuesday’s Prime Time report on RTÉ. 1:36

It would be comforting, at the end of a week of troubling revelations in the health service, to think that the appalling scenes of abuse at Áras Attra(...)