The 10-year-old – call her X – from Luque, a town in Paraguay, had been raped repeatedly by her stepfather in the single room she and her mother also (...)

Dhara Kivlehan and her husband, Michael. Deficiencies in Ms Kivlehan’s clinical care and at systemic level contributed to her death, according to expert witness Dr Peter Boylan.

Dhara Kivlehan had a severe form of pre-eclampsia called Hellp syndrome, which was the direct cause of her untimely death. Pre-eclampsia is a m(...)

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(...)

Telling the story: an Iraqi Kurdish child at Isikveren refugee camp, on the Turkish border with Iraq, in 1991. Photograph: Nabil Ismail/AFP/Getty

THE SALVATION OF TORY ISLAND 1981-1984 Gerry Moriarty Charlie Haughey, then leader of the opposition, looked up at me from under hoode(...)

Crowds of protesters on both sides of the issue outside Leinster House on Wednesday night: “it is far to complex an issue for grandstanding”. Photograph: PA

I sympathise with the tongue-tied Dáil Deputies repeating “fatal foetal abnormality” at 3am in the morning. “Lethal chromosomal anomalies incompatible(...)

People gather outside the Dáil on Kildare Street t the beginning of the debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The posters appeared on lamp-posts overnight in Tallaght earlier this month. They had been recycled from Fine Gael’s campaign during the children’s re(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny who said today that the consequences for a member of FG who votes against the abortion legislation are “very clear from a party point of view”.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed confidence that he will win the support of Fine Gael deputies for the proposed Protection of Life During Pregnancy (...)

Deirdre Conroy pictured at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, in 2002, for an Irish Times article concerning her work as an architectural historian. “I haven’t spoken of the long shadow cast over the last 11 years because I didn’t know it would turn out like this.” Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

I write for The Irish Times for the first time as Deirdre Conroy, having retained my anonymity since February 2002 when I wrote in my former Irish nam(...)