Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer of the Department of Health: “The indicators in this report signal that certain services require further analysis and examination in order to identify if a problem exists.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Major geographical variations in outcomes and performance within the health service are revealed in a new Department of Health report.The findings of (...)

Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway: Measures were introduced after the detection of seven cases in which babies died or were seriously injured

The safety of babies being delivered at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe continued to be at risk even after the detection of seven cases in which (...)

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(...)

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

October 2014: Portiuncula Hospital identifies as an “unusual trend” the transfer of four newborns to Dublin for head-cooling, a treatment used to mini(...)

Aimee Nolen at her home in Walsh Island, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

A woman coping with the news her unborn child had been dead for five weeks, found out in a follow-up scan two days later the baby was alive with a cl(...)

“We are in danger of entering a post-antibiotic era,” the Department of Health’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan told an antibiotic awareness event at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin today.

In a bid to tackle the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in humans and animals, the Department of Heath and Department of Agriculture have forme(...)

Roisin and Mark Molloy from Castlebrack, Killeigh, Co. Offaly pictured speaking to the media outside the Four Courts on Wednesday after a settlement in their High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts

The family of a baby who died following his birth at Midland Regional Hospital – but who was recorded as a stillbirth – have settled their legal actio(...)

A Heathrow flight information screen is shown above a television screen reporting the Ebola outbreak at Heathrow Airport in London, yesterday. Heathrow Airport has begun Ebola screening, whereby passengers will have their temperatures tested for the Ebola virus. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Ireland is well prepared for an Ebola outbreak. We are far from the epicentre of the current outbreak in west Africa and there are no direct flights b(...)

The Department of Health’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan is “very concerned” about the patient safety implications of the trend for women to travel to the UK for terminations after receiving a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality, and then returning to Ireland to deliver  stillborn babies. Photograph: Getty Images

A growing trend for women who travel to the UK for terminations after receiving a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality, and then returning to Ireland(...)

Senator John Whelan: ongoing speculation unfair to staff and public

Labour Senator John Whelan has called on the Minister for Health and the head of the HSE to make a statement on the future of the Midland Regional Ho(...)