The Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaiose. Róisín Molloy, whose son Mark died in Portlaoise, told the launch the greatest apology she and other parents could get was to implement the new maternity  strategy. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Detailed information on the safety of the State’s 19 maternity units is to be published by the HSE next month. The statements will allow intending mo(...)

Controversies have pointed to a lack of transparency in the service over admission of errors, most recently in the scandal over baby deaths in Portlaoise hospital. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has admitted he is abandoning a promise to force doctors to admit to the mistakes they make. Mr Varadkar promised a (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar will visit the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise on Tuesday (files). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Parents whose babies died at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise are due to meet Minister for Health Leo Varadkar when he visits the hospital (...)

Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Portlaoise hospital is the health controversy that refuses to go away. Ever since revelations almost two years ago about baby deaths in the maternity(...)

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 (...)

Before chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan published his report into the baby deaths at Portlaoise in February 2014, there was no evidence to show that at a national level, meaningful oversight of the hospital was maintained.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Senior officials in the HSE failed to visit Portlaoise hospital to assess safety concerns after last year’s RTÉ Prime Time programme on baby deaths(...)

In an email to a regional HSE official, local TD Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  describes every department in the hospital as “in crisis”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive has funded counselling for up to 18 women who lost babies after delivering at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaois(...)

Department chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan had recommended in his report that the Portlaoise unit be placed under the governance of the Coombe in order to provide quality and safe healthcare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

The maternity unit at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is to be placed under the control of one of the big Dublin maternity hospitals, in a(...)

The Coombe hospital in Dublin. It balked at taking on the Portlaoise task without extra staff and resources

A plan to place maternity services at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise under the control of one of the big Dublin maternity hospitals has(...)

Tony O Brien, director general of the  HSE, said he didn’t dispute the serious problems at the hospital. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The HSE appealed to the Department of Health to “urgently intervene” earlier in the bitter row with health watchdog Hiqa over its investigation into (...)