The HIQA report into the death of Savita Halappanavar recommended the development of a National Maternity Strategy. It took the deaths of Sally Rowlet(...)

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(...)

Future vision: Labour wards will be redesignated “high-intensity birth centres” but most women with normal or medium risk will be delivered in “low-intensity birth centres” that will not routinely offer epidurals, foetal heart monitoring or oxytocin to speed delivery.

Pregnancy and birth are the most normal of human events and yet the recent history of adverse outcomes in Irish maternity hospitals has been anything (...)

The Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. A review which looked at case notes of 28 births about which concerns have been raised, many in Portlaoise, has been published.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Women who suffer adverse events in Irish maternity units should be provided with the results of a review into their case within two months, a new repo(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: appointed a three-person investigation team comprising experts from the UK to examine management and clinical failures at Portlaoise hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Patient dissatisfaction with the health service has soared, with almost 20,000 complaints made about the Health Service Executive or voluntary hospita(...)

Prof Robert Harrison, who resigned as chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians after ‘The Irish Times’ published details of correspondence to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Institute of Obstetricians has withdrawn a controversial letter questioning the appointment of two women who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital to(...)

Savita Halappanavar, whose death lead to calls for a new maternity strategy. Obstetricians have queried the presence of two women who lost children at Portlaoise hospital in a steering group for developing this strategy.

Obstetricians have questioned the presence on a national maternity steering group of two women who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital.One member of t(...)

 Prof Robert Harrison, chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: “We feel that this issue has not been properly debated and that the public have not been consulted on the matter.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group representing obstetricians has said the Government’s proposed ban on anonymous sperm and egg donations would cause legal uncertainty for medi(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has warned that the Child and Family Relationships Bill will bring donor-assisted human reproduction in Ireland to an end. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has warned that the Child and Family Relationships Bill will bring donor-assisted human reproduction in Irela(...)

The Protection of Life in Pregnancy, according to the Government, gives effect to its commitment to comply with the ruling from the European Court of Human Rights in 2010. Photograph: Getty

The Government is still failing to provide clarity as to when a woman can legally have an abortion, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has said.Th(...)