Artist’s impression issued by Children’s Hospital Group of proposed family accommodation block at the site of the new state-of-the-art children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Image: Children’s Hospital Group/PA Wire

An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital is decisive and clear-cut, and (...)

Tina Priestley with  a picture of her son, Bobby, who died at the age of 13 months. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tina Priestley was six months pregnant with her fourth child when a routine scan showed that the baby’s head was much bigger than it should be. The(...)

 The obesity rate among mothers from the 13 EU accession countries (mostly in Eastern Europe) was half that of mothers born in existing EU countries. Photograph: Getty Images

A sharp rise in the number of severely obese mothers delivering babies in many Irish maternity hospitals is causing concern among doctors. The number(...)

Gardaí have released a photograph of the baby found abandoned on the outskirts of Dublin on Friday, May 8th. The baby, who has been named Maria, was found on Steelstown Road, a side road near the Blackchurch Inn in Rathcoole.

Gardaí have released a photograph of the baby found abandoned on the outskirts of Dublin on Friday, May 8th.The baby, who has been named Maria, was fo(...)

Garda Sergeant Maeve O’Sullivan, Rita Byrne principal social worker with Tusla and Superintendent Brendan Connolly showing items similar to those found with the newborn baby girl discovered in Rathcoole, Co Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State has secured permission to take a DNA profile from the baby girl found abandoned on the outskirts of Dublin last week.The sample would be use(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  Photo:graph Gareth Chaney Collins

Outline planning permission for a new maternity hospital at St James’s may be sought at the same time as the planning application is lodged for the ne(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with children from the Youth Advisory Council at the launch of the design team for the new children’s hospital at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Sam Boal/PhotocallI

Make it happen. That would sum up most people’s view of the long-running national children’s hospital saga, which has already cost the taxpayer almost(...)

Soggy chips, rubber eggs and other staples of hospital food could soon be a thing of the past if Minister for Health Leo Varadkar gets his way.Mr Vara(...)

Jonathan Irwin, co-founder of the Jack and Jill Foundation. “If ever this Government needed to take stock and listen to the views of parents of sick children regarding the location of the national children’s hospital, it is now.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Jack and Jill Foundation, which provides support for parents of extremely sick children, is opening a petition calling for the site of the new n(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly with Children’s Hospital Group chief executive Eilish Hardiman at Government buildings last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Development of the new national children’s hospital is to go ahead at St James’s Hospital after the executive spearheading the project emphatically ru(...)