Sean Rowlette from Dromore West in Sligo with his four children Leanne (8), Abbie (6), Joseph (3) and baby Sally Jnr. His wife Sally died at Sligo General Hospital just hours after giving birth to her fourth child. Photograph supplied by family.

Hours before Sally Rowlette died, her husband, Sean, was sitting by her hospital bed, holding her hand, when he thought of donating her organs . (...)

 Saoirse Perry from Cabra who received a liver transplant last year with Minister for Health  Leo Varadkar at the launch by  Organ Donor Awareness in the Mansion House in Dublin on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar urged people to carry a donor card and to have a conversation around the dinner table with their family as to whether(...)

HSE deputy director of acute hospitals Angela Fitzgerald: says the situation is “far from ideal”  but the HSE is working on a number of short-term initiatives, including a worldwide recruitment campaign for locum transplant surgeons. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Staff shortages affecting the Republic’s kidney transplantation programme could be overcome through an all-Ireland approach, it has been suggested.In(...)

 Liver transplants have fallen by 20 per cent to 44, while for the second year in a row, the Irish Kidney Association failed to reach its target of 50 living donor kidney transplants in the State. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

The number of organ donors in the State dropped by a quarter last year, making 2014 one of the worst in recent years for organ donations. Preliminary (...)

President Michael D Higgins said too many people die each year waiting for the transplantation of scarce organs.The President paid tribute to the gene(...)

Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin (centre) with former Ireland darts player Seán Marshall and former Ireland rugby player Richard Costello among the team. Photographs: Conor McCabe

Almost exactly a year ago John McAleer was on the golf course when he got a call from the transplant team at Belfast City Hospital telling him to go t(...)

Megan Carter received a new kidney at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A new treatment that allows for successful kidney transplantation in children who have rejected previous transplants has been successfully carried (...)

The women’s mini marathon in Dublin: ‘I felt almost overwhelmed by the sheer force of the event.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The boy was about nine or 10, a born entrepreneur, standing with confidence at his handsome garden gate on Dublin’s Leeson Street, a plate of home-(...)

The planting of trees ceremony at the Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden in Salthill, Galway, was attended by members of the organ donation communities from across Ireland. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

On one of the many recent wild and windy mornings along the Atlantic seaboard, a group of people defied the elements to plant some trees in Gal(...)

Mark Murphy, chief executive of the Irish Kidney Association, said changes in the medical card scheme would make people think twice about returning to work after having had a transplant, ‘so it is a false economy’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The chief executive of the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) has warned that the loss of discretionary medical cards may deter tr(...)